Pupil Services

2019-2020 School Year

We are proud of our staff, students and families who had to adjust to, adapt and adopt distance learning with little warning and preparation.Thank you for your flexibility, patience, diligence and support.  Our partnership has never been so meaningful and important. Over the summer months, take good self care - stay safe and sane. Some options to consider in the months ahead (click on title for weblink):

Many of our children face challenges that affect their ability to focus attention, regulate difficult emotions, build inner resilience, and form healthy and supportive relationships. Mindfulness is an effective way to help calm anxious nervous systems while providing supportive relationships, nurturing experiences, and positive learning environments.  Mindfulness school for Kids is offering free summer classes. 

How to Talk About Difficult Issues  
A difficult time just got harder. Beyond the uncertainty of COVID closure and reopening, the recent national events have been disturbing for allThere are many who are more directly, deeply and traumatically impacted, justifiably preoccupied with the importance of these matters.  Among the many uncertainties of this turbulent time, being uncertain of what to say and how to talk about the difficult issues of racism, violence, justice and civil unrest is a common concern for many of our students and families. We are invested in the issues of equity and emotional well-being of all our students and are here to support you. If you would like one of our staff to reach out to you for support or to further discuss how we can assist, please do not hesitate to reach out to us.  Ahead there is hope for positive change for the collective good. 

Self Care


WHO Mental Health Considerations


Vulnerable Students in Stressful Times - Tips for Parents (National Association of School Psychologists)

Racism and Violence: How to Help Kids Handle the News (Child Mind Institute)

A Clinical Perspective on Talking to Kids About Racism (Child Mind Institute)


Helping Children Cope With Frightening News (
Child Mind Institute)

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Pupil Services / IEP and 504 Plan - COVID-19 Updates


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Vision Statement

The vision of the Somers Public Schools is to challenge our students and staff to pursue excellence, foster creative expression and to develop a concern for the quality of life for all. Our vision embraces a culture and environment that: promotes life long learning; develops self worth; supports uniqueness and diversity; values independence and interdependence; inspires community and parent involvement; and empowers individuals to make choices that lead to lives filled with dignity, respect, happiness, and opportunity. -------------------------------------------------------------------

We recognize that the current public health emergency is resulting in an increase of stress on families.

If you or your child are experiencing an immediate safety concern: call 911.

If you or your child are experiencing a behavioral mental health crisis: call 211.

If you would like to access support services, please contact the following: Somers Social Service Department:  Allison Maynard at (860) 265-7551.

If you would like to contact your child’s counselor or social worker, please do so via their school email address.


View COVID-19 Resources for Parents and Students

COVID-19 Resources for Families and Educators

COVID-19 School Resources

COVID-19 Resources for School and School Personnel


IDEA Best Practices During the COVID-19 Crisis

COVID-19 Resources for Parents

Supporting Children's Mental Health During COVID-19 Pandemic

Supporting Families During COVID-19

SEL Resources During COVID-19

Talking With Children About CoronaVirus Disease 2019

Kids Peace Response to COVID-19

How Teens Can Protect Their Mental Health Amid COVID-19

How to Talk to Children About Unexpected Events and Emergencies

Finding the Right Words to Talk With Your Kids and Teens About Coronavirus

How You and Your Kids Can De-Stress During Coronavirus

Stress and Coping During COVID-19

Taking Care of Your Mental Health in the Face of Uncertainty

Managing Reactions to the Coronavirus

Talking to Children About COVID-19

Help Kids Manage Anxiety Around the Coronavirus (3 expert videos)

NASP Parent Information

Talking to Children With Anxiety and ADHD

What Happens to Students With Disabilities When Schools Close or Go Online

Managing Anxiety and Stress

CDC- Stay Put. Learn How to Shelter In Place

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Transition Resources for Parents

Easing into Secondary Transition:  A Comprehensive Guide to Resources and Services in Connecticut


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School Mornings Without the Stress

Getting kids ready for school on time and without drama is a daily struggle for many families. Here are some tips to make the mornings more manageable.

School Success Kit for Kids With Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)

Ideas for helping kids with ADHD manage time, stay focused and handle homework.

What Parents Can Do To Avoid Passing Anxiety On To Their Kids

Children of anxious parents are more at risk of developing an anxiety disorder. But there’s welcome news for those anxious parents: that trajectory toward anxiety isn’t set in stone.

School Success Kit for Kids With Auditory Processing Issues

Tools to maximize classroom learning and stay on top of expectations for kids who have trouble piecing together verbal information.

School Success Kit for Kids With Executive Functioning Issues

Tips to help kids get organized, keep track of things they're responsible for and make it out the door on time.

School Success Kit for Kids With Sensory Processing Issues

Advice for helping kids start the school year comfortable and able to focus on learning.

Tips for Helping Kids With Selective Mutism Go Back to School

If you have a child with SM, it's important to give her as much support as you can as she encounters a new teacher, in an unfamiliar classroom.

 


Gifted and Talented Resources


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Staff Resources

Summer Office Hours (June 17- August 16)

Monday - Thursday 8:00AM - 3:00PM
Friday 8:00AM - 1:00PM
860-749-2270 



Pupil Services Staff

Dr. Denise Messina, Director of Pupil Services - x2055
Mrs. Holly Boutwell, Administrative Assistant to the Director of Pupil Services - x2052
Mrs. Mary Steidler, Pupil Services Administrative Assistant - x2051


Special Education

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