During the 2015-16 school year, South Orangetown Middle School health education teacher Vickie Shaw and Library Media Specialist Kimberlee Landgraff developed the “Help Card,” a tool for students to decrease the stigma of asking for help. To promote its use, a video explaining its purpose was shown to students as the cards were distributed.
This year, customized videos and Help Cards were created for each of the district’s four schools. The 2017-18 district-wide campaign launches today, October 17, with video screenings and card distribution in every building.
“Students who don’t know how to ask for help can just hand someone the card to start the conversation,” Shaw explains.
Parents are encouraged to view the school Help Card video with their children and to reinforce that it’s OK to need help and that there is always someone who will listen.
Lost a Help Card? Students can pick up a new card in the SOMS Guidance Office.
Who Can Help at SOMS (updated as of July 6, 2018)
- Principal Dr. Chad Corey [email protected] | 680-1101
- Assistant Principal Mr. Joseph Onativia [email protected] | 680-1102
- Student Support Mr. Michael Ryan [email protected] | 680-1147
- Guidance Counselor Mr. Philip Farrugia [email protected] | 680-1107
- Guidance Counselor Mrs. Patricia Iannucci [email protected] | 680-1111
- Guidance Counselor Mrs. Siobhan Maiorano [email protected] | 680-1109
- School Psychologist Ms. Courtney Malka [email protected] | 680-1112
- School Psychologist Mr. Stephen Sawitsky [email protected] | 680-1023
- School Social Worker Ms. Jessica Inglis [email protected] | 680-1028
- School Nurse Mrs. Maggie Keane [email protected] | 680-1130
This Help Card information is also posted under “Student Resources” section of the SOMS For Students webpage.