Student Support Services





Chief Ombuds / Student Support Services Officer
Patricia Clark

Director of Student Support Services & Guidance
Mayra Ortiz

Director of Student Discipline
Sheila Donahue

Director of Special Education
Irastina Reid

Coordinator for School Counseling and Social Work
Tokinma Killins 

Physical Address
725 Harrison Street
Syracuse, NY 13210
Room 101
Contact Info
(315) 435-4131

The Office of Student Support Services provides a comprehensive and integrated system of student support services readily accessible for implementation with students and their families, thereby enabling the Syracuse City Schools to meet the social, emotional and academic needs of all students.

This department is home to School Counselors, School Psychologists and Social Workers serving students in grades Pre-K through 12. 
School Counselors work to provide academic, career, college readiness, and personal/social competencies to K-12 students through a comprehensive school counseling program.
 
School Social Workers are trained professionals who assist with mental health concerns, behavioral concerns, positive behavioral support, academic and classroom support, consultation with teachers, parents and administrators as well as provide individual and group counseling/therapy.
 
School Psychologists are uniquely qualified members of school teams that support students' ability to learn. They apply expertise in mental health, learning, and behavior, to help children and youth succeed academically, socially, behaviorally, and emotionally.
 
The department coordinates homebound services, Section 504, Special Education and students entering to or exiting from home schooling. The office also provides assistance to schools, regarding the oversight of Student Intervention Teams (SIT) and the Dignity for All Students Act (DASA). We provide a range of services to students and families, assisting in making and strengthening relationships between community agencies, families, and school personnel.
Student Support Services assists schools in building a culture based on high expectations, respect, and co-accountability for performance that recognizes and rewards excellence at all levels of the organization.        
 

Student Support Community Partners

Access School Liaison

AccessCNY offers a variety of clinic services. Speech and Language Pathology services help individuals increase their communication abilities so they can participate more fully in all aspects of life. Therapy services assist to improve phonology and articulation, decrease stuttering, improve oral motor skills and improve receptive and expressive language skills.

(Bellevue, Brighton Academy, Clary, Corcoran, Delaware Primary, Dr. Weeks, Ed Smith, ELMS, Franklin, Frazer, Grant, Henninger, Huntington, HW Smith, ITC, LeMoyne/Montessori at LeMoyne, Lincoln, McCarthy at Beard, McKinley-Brighton, Meachem, Nottingham, Oasis Academy, Porter, PFLA, PSLA, Roberts, Salem Hyde, Seymour, STEAM at Dr. King, Syracuse STEM at Blodgett, Syracuse Latin, Van Duyn, Webster)

Contact YA

Youth Development Services seeks to improve student’s academic performance, behavior and social skills through academic tutoring, social and emotional support, classroom intervention and enrichment activities.

(Brighton Academy, Franklin, Frazer, McKinley-Brighton, Meachem, Porter, Seymour, Van Duyn, Webster)

The Good Life Foundation

The Good Life Foundation is dedicated to improving the quality of life for “at-risk” youth, both male and female. Through partnerships and collaborations, we provide various services and programs with the purpose of encouraging successful and productive careers and life strategies for “at-risk” youth, with the ultimate goal of encouraging entrepreneurship as a means to reduce recidivism, escape from poverty and improve academic performance.

(Clary)

 

Health Homes

Provides a support program for people living with chronic health conditions. Helps individuals get the treatment and support to stay healthy and out of the emergency room and hospital.

(Bellevue, Brighton Academy, Delaware Primary, Dr. Weeks, Franklin, Frazer, Grant, Henninger, Huntington, HW Smith, LeMoyne/Montessori at LeMoyne, Lincoln, McCarthy at Beard, McKinley-Brighton, Meachem, Porter, PSLA, Roberts, Salem Hyde, Seymour, STEAM at Dr. King, Syracuse STEM at Blodgett, Van Duyn, Webster)

Peaceful Schools Community Schools Coordinator and Support

By building and sustaining vibrant learning communities with tiered systems of support, the School Improvement process brings focus to developing healthy individuals and communities as a primary goal of schools. Peaceful Schools partners with school leaders to ensure they have the tools that they need to lead effective change.

(Brighton Academy, Delaware Primary, Dr. Weeks, Frazer, Henninger, Lincoln, STEAM at Dr. King, Syracuse STEM at Blodgett)

Building Men

Our mission is to support young men of Syracuse in their journey towards becoming men of character by helping them develop their purpose and passion, instilling integrity in their leadership, and providing them with opportunities to build healthy relationships with others. Building Men strongly believes that developing a fellowship of young males striving to become responsible men will increase their motivation, passion, and leadership and help create a positive impact upon the young men’s development.

(Brighton Academy, Clary, Corcoran, ELMS, Frazer, Grant, Henninger, HW Smith, ITC, Lincoln, Nottingham, PSLA, Syracuse STEM at Blodgett)

Contact PAX/PA/PP

PAX Good Behavior Game teaches students self-regulation, self-control and self-management in the context of collaborating with others for peace, productivity, health and happiness. Positive Action is an evidence-based, integrated and coherent program that addresses the school’s entire eco-system – school, family and community. Primary Project helps children adjust to school, gain confidence, social skills and focus on learning. Through play, Primary Project addresses children’s school adjustment difficulties and increases their chances for success.

(Bellevue, Brighton Academy, Corcoran, Delaware Primary, Franklin, Frazer, Henninger, Huntington, HW Smith, ITC, Oasis Academy, PSLA, Syracuse STEM at Blodgett, Webster)

Engaging Schools

Engaging Schools is a nonprofit organization that collaborates with educators in middle and high schools. We help them create a schoolwide community of learning that integrates academic, social, and emotional development — and prepares each and every student to succeed.

(Dr. Weeks, Ed Smith)

Hillside

For over 30 years, Hillside Work-Scholarship Connection (HW-SC) has helped students overcome the barriers that cause them to drop out and abandon their education. We change the norm for students and families living in generational poverty by giving them necessary guidance and the tools to be successful in school – expanding their access to post secondary education, technical training and employment opportunities.

(Brighton Academy, Clary, Corcoran, Frazer, Grant, Henninger, ITC, Nottingham, Oasis Academy, PFLA, PSLA, Syracuse STEM at Blodgett)

Peaceful Schools Restorative Coaches

By building and sustaining vibrant learning communities with tiered systems of support, the School Improvement process brings focus to developing healthy individuals and communities as a primary goal of schools. Peaceful Schools partners with school leaders to ensure they have the tools that they need to lead effective change.

(Brighton Academy, Clary, Grant, Lincoln, STEAM at Dr. King, Syracuse STEM at Blodgett, Webster)

Hope Specialists

This position functions within the Division of School Based Initiatives (SBI) in partnership with the Onondaga County Department of Children and Family Services and local school districts. This position provides supportive services to youth and families to ensure youth have all of the resources needed for academic success.

(Brighton Academy, Clary, Corcoran, Frazer, Grant, Henninger, Lincoln, Oasis Academy, PFLA, PSLA, Syracuse STEM at Blodgett)


 


Notice of Non-Discrimination 


The Syracuse City School District hereby advises students, parents, employees and the general public that it is committed to providing equal access to all categories of employment, programs and educational opportunities, including career and technical education opportunities, regardless of actual or perceived race, color, national origin, Native American ancestry/ethnicity, creed or religion, marital status, sex, sexual orientation, age, gender identity or expression, disability or any other legally protected category under federal, state or local law.
 
Inquiries regarding the District’s non-discrimination policies should be directed to:
 
Chief Ombuds / Student Support Services Officer, Civil Rights Compliance Officer
Syracuse City School District
725 Harrison Street • Syracuse, NY  13210
(315) 435-4131
Email:  CivilRightsCompliance@scsd.us
 

 
Links

Working Papers Application
Working Papers Instructions

Resources and Forms

Supports for Students Presentation 5/24/18
DASA Complaint Form
Bullying Prevention Information