Main phone number: (708) 780-4000(English/Spanol)
Rudy Hernandez, Jr. -x2318
Assistant principal contacts
Erin Kelly -x2310
Jose Alonzo Gamboa -x2314
Dr. Michael Parrie -x2323
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Information will be posted here as needed to keep parents and students informed about Health and Saftey issues within the district.
Each school building has social work and counseling services. Social workers support and empower students within our educational community by meeting with students individually, in small groups, and in the classroom. Various topics addressed with students include, but are not limited to: social skills, school motivation, anxiety, depression, confidence, self-esteem, conflict resolution, and anger management, problem solving skills, school phobia, stress management, and crisis intervention. Social Workers teach strategies and techniques that enable students to develop self-confidence, make good decisions, resolve conflicts peacefully and become effective problem solvers. Social Workers help students to develop a sense of understanding, individual uniqueness, and gain an ability to apply it to daily life. In addition to direct services, social workers also develop programs to address and meet the needs of students and the school at large by acting as liaison to community agencies, crisis intervention and parent consultation.
The Guidance Counselors at the building assume a number of roles, all important and potentially critical in affecting a student's future. These roles relate in a major way to academic preparation and planning but they also extend to mental health, interpersonal relations, social adjustment, career planning, and work adjustment. Each student is provided a counselor who will begin to develop an academic map for high school completion and post high school interests and goals.
Physical and Occupational Therapists provide therapy when a child with a disability requires this related service to assist the child to benefit from special education. Physical and Occupational therapists use purposeful activity to facilitate a student's active participation in self-maintenance; academic and vocational pursuits; and play or leisure activities that occur in school environments. Using direct and indirect services, as well as assistive technology and environmental modifications, school occupational therapists collaborate with parents, teachers and other educational staff to help implement a student's special education program.
The School Psychologists are people specifically trained in the psychology of learning and child development as well as social and emotional adjustment. The School Psychologist is knowledgeable in data-based decision making, consultation and collaboration, effective instruction, child development, student diversity and development, school organization, prevention, intervention, mental health, learning styles, behavior, research, and program evaluation. School Psychologists use these skills as they work with all school personnel, parents, and students to help make education as rewarding as possible.
The School Nurses advance the well-being, academic success and lifelong achievement of students. To that end, school nurses facilitate positive student responses to normal development; promote health and safety; intervene with actual and/or potential health problems; provide management services; and actively collaborate with others to build student and family capacity for adaptation, self-management, self-advocacy and learning.
The Speech and Language Pathologists work to enhance the development of technical assistance and professional development to meet the speech and language needs of students. Speech Pathologists address the overall communication and language skills in a holistic manner; in a one-one therapy setting, group setting, or in the general education classroom.
Special Transportation provides one way and round trip transportation for students whose disabilities prevent them from walking to school or using public transportation. Students who require this service to participate in educational programs are recommended for such by their Individual Education Plan team.
Provide technological aides and educational services for students as indicated on her/her Individual Education Plan.
J. Sterling High School has a strong commitment to making our schools a safe yet welcoming environment for students, staff, and visitors. To this end the District has developed an extensive Crisis Response Plan which details for staff an appropriate response in a wide variety of emergencies. Our Dean Staff at each school is available to assist in the event of an emergency or crisis. The Deans regularly review procedures and facilities to assure that each school continues to keep safety as a focus of attention.
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