At Isaac E. Young Middle School, supporting students across their middle school journey is a team effort. Throughout their three years at Isaac, students may need different types of support to succeed academically, socially, behaviorally, and emotionally. Every student has a support team that works collaboratively to meet each individual's needs. This team meets regularly to plan for student success, monitor progress, and offer specialized support services when needed. This highly trained team of specialists is uniquely qualified to deliver layers of academic, social, and emotional support. The Support Services Department includes school counselors, school social workers, school psychologists, and the attendance teacher.
What is a School Counselor? School counselors are educators uniquely trained in child and adolescent development, learning strategies, self-management, and social skills. School counselors work closely with students and families to ensure students are on track for school success. Each student is assigned to a school counselor who is the primary person responsible for coordinating educational and community services including educational program planning, post-secondary educational planning, career exploration, and personal and social adjustment.
What do School Counselors do? School counselors work with students and families to help them overcome unpredictable impediments to school success. They implement a comprehensive school counseling program to support students through their middle school developmental period. They provide education, prevention, and intervention activities, which are integrated into all aspects of students’ lives. They assist students in developing the knowledge, attitudes, and skills necessary for the academic, career, and social/ emotional development. Please contact this office for matters regarding overall student performance, student development, academics, parent conferences, report and progress reports, student schedules, student placement, middle and high school transitions, 504 services, middle school promotion requirements, college and career readiness, peer relationships, and summer programs. The name of your child's counselor is found at the top of your child's schedule, report card, and progress reports. There are four school counselors at IEYMS. Ms. Gabr, Mr. Rhett, Mr. Roberts, and Ms. Smith. They can be reached by calling the IEYMS School Counseling Office at 914-576- 4367.
SCHOOL SOCIAL WORKERS
What is a School Social Worker? School social workers are trained mental health professionals who assist students with mental health concerns, behavioral concerns, positive behavioral support, and academic, and classroom support.
What do School Social Workers do? They consult with teachers, parents, and administrators as well as provide individual and group counseling around issues impacting students' school success. School social workers provide important services in support of student's academic and social development. School social workers are the link between home, school, and the community. At IEYMS, each child has a social worker assigned to them. The social worker collaborates with the school counselor, the school psychologist, the administrative team, and other members of the Student Support Services team. Please contact this office for matters related to students’ social, mental, and emotional development, emotionally fragile students, changes in family and community dynamics that impact children, crisis intervention services, school-based counseling for school issues, homelessness, and the need for community-based resources. There are three social workers at IEYMS. Ms. Coley, Ms. Esposito, and Ms. Littlejohn. They can be reached by dialing 914-576-4360.
What is a School Psychologist? School psychologists are uniquely trained members of the school team that support students’ ability to learn and teachers’ ability to teach. They apply expertise in mental health, learning, and behavior to help children and youth succeed academically, socially, behaviorally, and emotionally.
What do School Psychologists do? School psychologists partner with families, teachers, school administrators, and other professionals to create safe, healthy, and supportive learning environments that strengthen connections between home, school, and the community. They promote positive behavior and mental health through conducting individual or group counseling about coping skills, anger management, social skills, and conflict resolution, conducting assessments of social-emotional and behavioral needs, and working with community-based providers. School psychologists support diverse learners by providing culturally and linguistically responsive evaluations of students' unique and diverse learning needs and collaborating with school teams to help improve student engagement and learning. There are three school psychologists. Dr. Billups, Ms. Lawrence, and Ms. Villalona. If you believe your child requires the support of the school psychologist, please contact your child's school counselor or the grade level administrator.
What is an Attendance Teacher? Attendance teachers are specially trained professionals who assist children and families with school attendance matters.
What does an Attendance Teacher do? They work with students, parents, school staff, and community agencies to find solutions to a child’s attendance problems. Attendance teachers are responsible for making sure individual students attend school and informing the school of any emerging attendance trends or issues. Contact the IEY attendance teacher, Mr. Martinez, if you need support with your child's attendance. 914-576-4378.
STUDENT ASSISTANCE COUNSELOR (SAC)
What is a Student Assistance Counselor? A Student Assistance Counselor is a school-based mental health/substance abuse counselor who provides free voluntary and confidential assessments, counseling and referral services to students and their families.
What does a Student Assistance Counselor do? A Student Assistance Counselor serves as a pillar of support for students and families.. They provide children with skills to combat issues related to school, peers, family and substance use. They also plan school wide activities and deliver classroom lessons around healthy decision making, mental health and substance use. They work with students individually, in groups and as part of an afterschool club. Any information that is shared with the SAC will remain confidential; this pertains to both students and parents. Please feel free to reach out to our Student Assistance Counselor, Ms. Loaiza at 914-576-4360 ext 21693.