S.A.C. Winter 2011 Bulletin
Head of the Hive
Brian Reynolds, MSW, SAC Director (Ext: 5220)
The “Hornet Helpers” Ext: 5292 or 5277
Carisa Lovejoy- BSW (Social Work)- Southern Connecticut State University
Kristen Charpentier- BSW (Social Work)- Southern Connecticut State University
Hoa Tu- BSW (Social Work)- Southern Connecticut State University
Mimi Akhand- MFT (Marriage & Family Therapy)- Central Connecticut State University
Mary Ann Santiago- MFT (Marriage & Family Therapy) Central Connecticut State University
April Zadrozny- MFT (Marriage & Family Therapy)- Central Connecticut State University
Diana Virgie- MFT (Marriage & Family Therapy)- Central Connecticut State University
Katie Kraussmann- MSW (Social Work)- Southern Connecticut State University
Jennifer Danneman- MSW (Social Work)- Southern Connecticut State University
Drug & Alcohol Counselor
Jeanne Francis- Wednesday & Thursday- New Hope Manor Treatment Facility
All students must have a pass if they are coming during class time. We ask all students to go back to their class for a pass before they are seen. Any student who tells you they were in SAC but doesn’t have a pass to support that claim should be marked unexcused. All students who visit the SAC are entered into eSchool and will show up under the attendance information screen. If you have any questions, concerns or perhaps some fresh ideas, please call (5220) or email Brian Reynolds.
This group meets weekly for the duration of one period. Students who are recommended to participate in this group often display low impulse control, are confrontational with peers/staff, can easily erupt and use yelling and verbal abuse to communicate. This group allows students to discuss their issues about anger, learn to identify their triggers, learn coping skills when triggered, and learn how to communicate effectively when angered. We will start the 2nd semester running to two separate anger groups.
Students recommended to participate in this group tend to display the following characteristics: poor social interaction skills with peers/staff, they are often labeled “shy”, not confident in speech, lack assertiveness, have low classroom participation and sometimes are picked on by peers. This group will consist of positive self-reinforcement and peer reinforcement, activities that focus on confidence-building and becoming more assertive. This will be a discussion-based group in a small group setting. We are currently looking for students to join. Please call me with your recommendations.
This group will focus on issues of loss and how to deal with those feelings. This is a discussion-based group along with “hands on” activities that help students work through some difficult feelings. We currently have an ongoing group and are always looking for more students in need. Any recommendations will be appreciated.
This group will focus on the stressors and demands associated with our Asian culture. We currently have a boys and girls group meeting on a weekly basis.
This group will focus on the stressors and demands associated with our Latino culture. We currently have a boys and girls group meeting on a weekly basis. This semester these groups will be visiting our elementary schools to talk about conflict resolution and the dangers of drugs and alcohol.
Career Beginnings Program
This is an after school program that provides our students with all the information they need to know about the college application process. Our students participate in a series of workshops presented by the surrounding participating colleges once a month through their senior year. We are happy to announce the SAC has expanded this program to include Freshmen and Sophomores. Our Guidance Staff were instrumental in getting students from each class involved in this program.
Adopt A School Program
This year the SAC has started a program that reaches out to our elementary school children. Once a week we have our students visiting Pitkin Elementary to work with the kids there. Currently we have 30 National Honor Society students participating. Our intent is to expand the program to include other students who are interested and who earn the right to participate. Our students will only miss 2 class periods a month. Any recommendations would be appreciated.
PAWS Group (Peers Are Wonderful Support)
This group creates, organizes and presents a workshop to our 6th graders about the dangers of drugs and alcohol. This group of students periodically meets in the SAC throughout the school year and visits our 6th graders in May.
Individual Counseling and Crisis Intervention
Individual Counseling is offered in SAC.
Mediations between students are offered in SAC as well.