South Orangetown Middle School

Five years ago, 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. Customized Help Cards and informational videos are created for each of the district’s four schools to encourage students to ask for help. The 2019-20 district-wide campaign launches today, October 7, with video screenings and card distribution in every building.

Parents are encouraged to view the Help Card video with their children and to reinforce that it is OK to ask for help and that there is always someone who will listen. Students who lose their Help Cards can pick up a new card in their school main office or, for middle and high school students, in the counseling office.

Video links and school contacts are posted under “Student Resources” section of the For Students page on each school website.

SOMS resources:
Help card video:
Principal Dr. Chad Corey | [email protected] | 680-1101
Assistant Principal Mr. Joe Onativia | [email protected] | 680-1102
School Counselor Mr. Philip Farrugia | [email protected] | 680-1107
School Counselor Mrs. Patricia Iannucci | [email protected] | 680-1111
School 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. Jessenia Cursio | [email protected] | 680-1028
School Prevention Counselor Ms. Bobbie-Angela Wong | [email protected] | 680-1147
School Nurse Mrs. Maggie Keane | [email protected] | 680-1130
School Resource Officer Mr. Andrew Vergine | 680-1777

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