Each student has an assigned Pupil Support Services team, or PSS for short. The primary goal of the PSS team approach is to help students academically, socially, emotionally, and behaviorally succeed in school. As students attend and graduate, we want them to be happy and safe, and making progress toward their potential as effective learners, confident individuals, responsible citizens, and effective contributors.

Each PSS team includes the following:

  • Dean of students: Works with the student's family, counselor, teachers, and support personnel to assist students with behavioral issues, student conflicts, and any other issues that may interfere with the student's safety and success.
  • Three counselors: Address the academic, career, and social-emotional needs of students. All have at minimum a master’s degree in school counseling.
  • School social worker: Provides individual student counseling on a short-term basis and facilitates student support groups.  

Other 

NOTE: The prefix for each extension listed below is 708-434-XXXX.

*Multi-Tiered System of Support (MTSS) is a framework used to provide support for all learners, from classroom instruction that addresses different learning styles to intense, individualized support for struggling students.

 

 

PSS TEAM 1
Room 2151
Tue - 2nd Period

PSS TEAM 2
Room 2137
Tue - 3rd period

PSS TEAM 3
Room 2137
Tue - 4th period

PSS TEAM 4
Room 3151
Thr – 2nd period

PSS TEAM 5
Room 2250
Thur - 3rd period

Dean of Students

Jonathan Silver

x3725

Janel Bishop

x3726

Alisa Walton

x3727

Carla Williams

x3724

Andrea Neuman

x3731

Dean Secretary – Barbara Sutton  x3503

Counselors

Brandi Ambrose x3711

Meghan Cahill x3716

Darryl Hobson x3207

Kris Johnson x3714

Carolyn Ojikutu x3713

Darek Radziszewski x3708

Julie Fuentes x3709

Pete Nixen x3712

Erica White x3710

Jacqueline Hanson x3705

 Joe Herbst x3707

Thaddeus Sherman x3841

Heidi Lynch x3715

Esteban Medina x3718

Scott Sponsler x3717

Social Worker

Nabiha Calcuttawala

x3238

Lisa Makely

x3733

Jonathan Ecker

x3734

Katherine Madock

x3728

Khalida Himes

x3293

Secretary

Mary D'Avella

x3510

Carin Lucas

x3506

Kiara Colas

x3507

Kim Asbury

x3509

Sharon Martinek 

x3596

Prevention and Wellness Coordinator
Ginger Bencola
x3729
Multi-Tiered System of Support Coordinator
Kristen McKee
x3308
Registrar and Residency Coordinator
Gabriela Martinez
x3262
Outreach Coordinator
Latonia Jackson
x3008
Registrar
Carmen Lopez
x3260 
504 Coordinator
Daniela Lukic Cole
x3608 

Post-Secondary Pathways Coordinator
Sarah Wurster
x3208

 

The services provided for the school community by all members of the PSST (guidance counselors, deans of students, and Social Workers) address the following:

  • Critical thinking / decision making skills;
  • Conflict resolution;
  • Drugs and Alcohol abuse;
  • Harassment / Bullying prevention and intervention;
  • Student and school behavior interventions;
  • Development and implementation of district policies and procedures;
  • Home visits;
  • Recommendations for suspensions and expulsions;
  • Participating in the identification process for determining eligibility for special education or 504 services;
  • Staff Development;
  • Consultations with faculty and staff  related to topics such as student attendance, behavior, special education, emotional well-being, and physical/mental health;
  • Consultation with parents;
  • Crisis prevention and intervention services;
  • Consultation, referral, and coordination of services for students and families with community agencies and programs (Police, Parenthesis, Health Dept, Youth Services, etc.);
  • Networking with outside/community agencies and resources;
  • Alternative placement of students;
  • Stress reduction & management for students and parents;
  • Student rights & responsibilities / self-advocacy skills.

     

AFTER SCHOOL HOURS…

Teachers, Coaches, Staff, Security, Tutors, etc.:

 If you are dealing with a student in a crisis situation outside of school hours and need assistance, call the Thrive Crisis Number 708.383.7500, press 0, and say “I need to speak to a family crisis worker” Or call the police (911) and ask  for a juvenile/youth officer.