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:

Start Scheduling Your Courses for the 2019-2020 School Year

Students can begin to make course requests for the 2019-2020 school year using their Career Cruising account! Students will officially submit their schedule on "Course Submit Day,” which is February 4th, in their homeroom classes.  Please take time to review course scheduling information to make informed decisions about your requests as well as your alternate requests.  Students will not be able to change their schedules after their schedules are submitted.

To learn about scheduling at SPHS, or if you need a reminder about how to schedule using Career Cruising, please click the following video links:

Important Information about Scheduling at SPHS

How to Schedule Using Career Cruising

How can I get help scheduling?

Prior to Course Submit Day (February 4th), students should be talking with their teachers, counselors, families, consult our scheduling videos and quick links, and attend the Course Expo on January 17th from 5-7 pm to make the best decision about their course selections.  Students can also sign up for a Cardinal 30 session with their counselor, see their counselor during most lunch periods, or schedule an appointment for scheduling questions.  We encourage students to make appointments during nonacademic blocks.

Quick Links

Important Career Cruising Tips when Scheduling

  • To add a study hall, use the "Keyword" option and type "study"

  • To add a quarter study hall opposite Traffic Safety, use the "Keyword" option and type "Q1" or "Q2" etc. for the desired quarter study hall

  • If you choose a compacted course, the first semester option must be accompanied by the second semester option

  • You must fill out all alternate course boxes before you are able to submit your schedule

  • Students do not need to turn in any Sign-off sheet, but can review it for their benefit

Remember to attend the Course Expo on January 17th from 5-7pm at the High School Field House to speak with teachers about the variety of courses being offered.

 

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. Zeman
Tel. 608.834.6723 
Email

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

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

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

Students with last names beginning with U-Z are assigned to:
Ms. Intveld (All day Tuesday & Thursday, Friday only in the afternoon)
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. Kim Martin
Social Worker (L-Z)
Tel. 608.834.6726
Email

SECOND SEMESTER SCHEDULE CHANGES

Second Semester Schedule Changes for SPHS Students

Staffing and budgeting decisions for the school year are made based on the courses selected by students. Students should assume that the courses selected will be scheduled. Moreover, the master schedule is developed to accommodate student course selections, and to create balanced classes. Due to these facts, it is necessary to establish formal scheduling procedures.

Please remember to talk directly with your teacher and to utilize Cardinal 30 and after school tutoring if you need extra support in your courses.

Schedule changes will be made ONLY for the following reasons:

  • Failure of the student to meet proper course prerequisites.

  • A different course is needed as a result of failure or deficiency toward graduation requirements.

  • Class conflicts (two classes scheduled during the same period).

  • Desire to replace a study hall with a class.

  • Requests a study hall and does not have one within their schedule.

  • Completed a course during summer school and a class is no longer needed.

  • 504/IEP plan accommodation

Schedules adjustments will NOT be considered or allowed for the following reasons:

  • Student wishes to change to improve grade point average.

  • Student states that the class isn’t what one thought it would be or one doesn’t like the class.

  • Student states that the class is getting too hard.

  • Student states that they have changed their mind.

  • Student has concerns with the teacher assignment.

  • Student is unhappy with the lunch period assignment.

  • Student has concerns relating to members of a given class.

  • Student desires to have the same teacher all year or class the same period all year.

  • Student wishes to change schedule due to employment or extra-curricular activity

If you meet one of the parameters to change your schedule, please complete this form. If your schedule change is able to be accommodated, it will be reflected on Infinite Campus prior to the first day of class.

Academic & Career Planning

Sophomore Students viewed an Academic & Career Planning (ACP) presentation video on Monday, October 22nd in their homeroom. Please be sure to view the following video to be most informed about how to support your student through their ACP process.

Academic & Career Planning Presentation Video

One aspect of the presentation was learning how to utilize Career Cruising for students' ACP Portfolio. The ACP is being implemented statewide. More information about the ACP can be found HERE.

Career Cruising

Students can access the Career Cruising website HERE.

  • Username: SPASD-studentID#
    • Example: SPASD-1234567
  • Password: your birth date (mmddyyyy)
    • Example: 085511990

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

Senior Planning Presentation

On September 18th, seniors heard a presentation about post-high school planning.

Topics discussed included Career Cruising, application processes, sending transcripts, ACT scores, letters of recommendation, and searching for scholarships.  

In homeroom, students will have the opportunity to sign up for small group meetings for individual follow up questions through the Flexi Sched program.

Please view the Senior Planning Presentation

Quick Links

Senior Information Survey

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

Senior Information Survey

CONTACT INFORMATION:

Lori Burns
Guidance/Student Services Secretary
608.834.6729
Email