Four 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 2018-19 district-wide campaign launches September 17, with video screenings and card distribution in every building.
“We want students to know that asking for help is a strength not a weakness. Everyone needs help from time to time,” says Shaw.
Parents, please view the Help Card video with your children and reinforce that it is OK to ask for help and that there is always someone who will listen.
“There is a ‘big’ difference this year,” notes Landgraff. “The cards are postcard-sized, instead of the size of a business card, so the text is larger and the Help Card is less likely to get lost.”
But students who do 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.
Principal Dr. Jennifer Amos | [email protected] | 680-1606
Assistant Principal Ms. Juliet Gevargis-Mizimakoski | [email protected] | 680-1650
Assistant Principal Mr. Richard Neidhart | [email protected] | 680-1655
Guidance Counselor Mr. Randy Altman | [email protected] | 680-1614
Guidance Counselor Ms. Kelly Keane | [email protected] | 680-1614
Guidance Counselor Ms. Laura Ferrante | [email protected] | 680-1614
Guidance Counselor Mrs. Jaime Holzer | [email protected] | 680-1614
Guidance Counselor Mr. Richard Weissberg | [email protected] | 680-1614
School Psychologist Dr. Katelin Burns | [email protected] | 680-1613
School Psychologist Dr. Beth Jaret | [email protected] | 680-1610
School Social Worker Ms. Jessenia Cursio | [email protected] | 680-1775
School Nurse Mrs. Patricia Shalvey, RN | [email protected] | 680-1647
School Resource Officer Andrew Vergine | [email protected] | 680-1777