Student Services

Student Services is comprised of School Counselors, School Social Workers, and the School Psychologist. The Student Services team works collaboratively to best help students in the areas of academic achievement, personal/social development and career services, as well as providing responsive services.

Student Services News:

 

Say hello to Xello! (Formerly Career Cruising)

Xello is an engaging online program that helps students build the skills, knowledge and plans to be future ready. The program uses an investigative, discovery-based learning process. Students better understand themselves, their future career options, and the 21st century skills they’ll need to succeed. Students will be engaging in Xello lessons in their advisory class. They are also encouraged to explore on their own.

Parents are encouraged to explore Xello with their children by logging in together. Your child can log in to his or her account via desktop or mobile device to share what they’ve learned about themselves, the world of work, and their future options.

 September 19th

Wisconsin Education Fair (WEF), SPHS Field House

 Collect information from over 100 post secondary opportunities, speak with representatives from Wisconsin public and private schools, universities and technical schools from across the country, military personnel, and vocational institutions.

Students must register at www.gotocollegefairs.org

 Morning Session

Juniors are invited to attend from 9am to 10am.

Seniors are invited to attend from 10am to 11am.

 Evening Session

Students, families, and community members are invited to come between 6pm and 8pm.

 

 

Staff

Counselors

 

Sun Prairie High School counselors are committed to maximizing the success of all students through academic, personal/social, and career development.  To best become familiar with our students and their needs, students are assigned to counselors by their last names and keep the same counselor throughout high school.  If you would like to make an appointment with your counselor, please stop by the Student Services office and schedule a time before or after school or during study hall.  Lunch hour appointments are also available if necessary.

Students are assigned to counselors based on their last name: 

Students with last names beginning with A-D are assigned to:
Ms. Diane Zeman
Tel. 608.834.6723 
Email

Students with last names beginning with E-J are assigned to:
Ms. Annette Intveld
Tel. 608.834.6721
Email

Students with last names beginning with K-O are assigned to:
Mr. Don Karsh 
Tel. 608.834.6728
Email

Students with last names beginning with P-T are assigned to:
Ms. Monica Wagner 
Tel. 608.834.6722
Email

Students with last names beginning with U-Z are assigned to:
Ms. Chelsea Saldaña
Tel. 608.834.6730
Email 

Psychologist

Who Are School Psychologists?

  • School psychologists help children and youth succeed academically, socially, and emotionally.  They collaborate with educators, parents, and other professionals to create safe, healthy, and supportive learning environments for all students that strengthen connections between home and school.
  • School psychologists are highly trained in both psychology and education.
  • School psychologists must be certified and/or licensed by the state in which they work.  They also may be nationally certified by the National School Psychology Certification Board (NSPCB). 

What Do School Psychologists Do?

  • School psychologists work to find the best solution for each student and situation; they use different strategies to address student needs and to improve school and district-wide support systems.
  • School psychologists work with students individually and in groups.  They also develop programs to train teachers and parents about effective teaching and learning strategies, techniques to manage behavior at home and in the classroom, working with students with disabilities or with special talents, addressing abuse of drugs and other substances, and preventing and managing crises.

In addition, most school psychologists provide the following services:

Consultation

  • Collaborate with teachers, parents, and administrators to find effective solutions to learning and behavior problems
  • Help others understand child development and how it affects learning and behavior
  • Strengthen working relationships between teachers, parents, and service providers in the community

Evaluation

  • Evaluate eligibility for special services
  • Assess academic skills and aptitude for learning
  • Determine social-emotional development and mental health status
  • Evaluate learning environments.

Intervention

  • Provide psychological counseling to help resolve interpersonal or family problems that interfere with school performance
  • Work directly with children and their families to help resolve problems in adjustment and learning
  • Provide training in social skills and anger management
  • Help families and schools manage crises such as death, illness, or community trauma

Prevention

  • Design programs for children at risk of failing at school
  • Promote tolerance,understanding, and appreciation of diversity within the school community
  • Develop programs to make schools safer and more effective learning environments
  • Collaborate with school staff and community agencies to provide services directed at improving psychological and physical health
  • Develop partnerships with parents and teachers to promote healthy school environments

Research and Planning

  • Evaluate the effectiveness of academic and behavior management programs
  • Identify and implements programs and strategies to improve schools
  • Use evidence-based research to develop and/or recommend effective interventions

Growing Up Is Not Easy

All children and adolescents face problems from time to time.  They may:

  • Feel afraid to go to school
  • Have difficulty organizing their time efficiently
  • Lack effective study skills
  • Fall behind in their school work
  • Lack self-discipline
  • Worry about family matters such as divorce and death
  • Feel depressed or anxious
  • Experiment with drugs and alcohol
  • Think about suicide
  • Worry about their sexuality
  • Face difficult situations, such as applying to college, getting a job, or quitting school
  • Question their aptitudes and abilities

School psychologists help children, parents, teachers, and members of the community understand and resolve these concerns.

Ms. Amy Kohl
Psychologist
Tel. 608.834.6724
Email

Ms. Amy Giza
Psychologist (Full Day Monday, Wednesday & every other Friday)
Tel. 608.834.6730
Email

Social Workers

School Social Workers

  • Are employed by the school district to enhance the academic mission by providing services which strengthen home/school/community partnerships
  • Actively address barriers within the child, home, school, and community that interfere with student achievement
  • Serve as catalysts to bring people together and to create an environment that is conducive to effective problem solving and learning
  • Practice includes: assessment, crisis intervention, home visits, conflict resolution, individual and group counseling, consultation, program development, and coordination of school and community services.

School Social Work Services

Helping students to:                                                      

  • cope in times of crisis,
  • access mental health services,
  • become resilient, successful learners,
  • and gain personal and social competencies.

Working with administrators to:

  1. Implement effective prevention programs and policies which address: 
  • school attendance,
  • alcohol and other drug abuse,
  • teen pregnancy,
  • violence,
  • suicide and sudden death,
  • child abuse and neglect,
  • and school safety.

 2. Ensure compliance with special education laws

Supporting parents to:

  • effectively participate in their child's education,
  • understand their child's developmental and educational needs,
  • access school and community resources,
  • understand special education services,
  • and strengthen parenting skills.

Linking schools and communities to:

  • coordinate the delivery of educational and mental health services,
  • and develop resources to adequately meet the needs of students and families.

Assisting educators to:

  • work effectively with parents,
  • discover new resources,
  • participate in the special education process,
  • understand family, cultural, and community factors affecting students,
  • and meet education outcomes for students of diverse backgrounds.                  

Ms. Talitha (TJ) Hansen
Social Worker (A-K)
Tel. 608.834.6727
Email

Ms. Caitlin Fahey
Social Worker (L-Z)
Tel. 608.834.6726
Email

Sophomore Planning

Junior Planning

Junior Planning Information Link

*more to come in the spring

 

Senior Planning

Quick Links

  • College Goal Wisconsin (workshops that help students and families fill out the FAFSA for financial aid). 
  • Explore Careers and Colleges and get ACT Test Prep at Xello.  Access Xello through your MySP account, which can be found at the top of this page

Senior Information Survey

Seniors: If you did not complete the survey, please go to this link: Senior Survey

2019-2020 Senior Presentation Video

Xello, Career and College Exploration, and ACT Test Prep


  1. Go to www.sunprairieschools.org

  2. Log on to MySP at the top of the page

    Click on the Xello icon

  3. I’m not sure if the Icon picture will work on the website..but feel free to try!

Other topics included are:

  • Career Assessments
  • Careers Exploration
  • Post High School Education Exploration
  • Academic Planning & Scheduling
  • ACT Test Prep Materials (Method Test Prep)
    • Click HERE for a Video Tutorial on Method Test Prep
  • Graduation Requirements

CONTACT INFORMATION:

Lori Burns
Guidance/Student Services Secretary
608.834.6729
Email

Student Service  Fax # 834-4145