Office of Student Support Services

219 Middlesex Avenue Wilmington, MA 01887 978.694.6032

Happy Spring from the Office of Student Support Services!

Visit us on the WPS website: Student Support Services

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Updates from OSSS

Happy Spring! There has been a lot of information about schools reopening that we have recently learned about---We are looking forward to welcoming all our students that will be attending school in person full time next month. While there is much excitement and optimism with things getting back to "normal," there may still be some fears and anxiety around such change. Our hope is to continue to provide your families with resources to best support ALL of our students--We are here for you! Please don't hesitate to reach out to our office staff with any questions, concerns or ideas!

The Office of Student Support Services

Christine Murray, Coordinator of Behavioral Health and Social Emotional Support

School Counseling Office

The School Counseling Office at WHS is in the midst of 2021-2022 course selection. Current WHS students will have individual appointments with their counselor; current WMS students will receive individualized follow-up as needed. We are also helping seniors apply for scholarships and consider financial awards, a topic that we reviewed in an optional seminar a couple of weeks ago. Soon, we'll finish up our preparation for AP exams, which will be held in late May. At WHS, school counselors have individual online calendars that students can use to book an appointment at their convenience. At WMS, students or parents can reach their counselor by email. If there is anything we can do to help this spring transition go smoothly, please do reach out!

Special Education Extended School Year Programming

Extended School Year (ESY)/ Extended School Year Program (EYP)

Services are provided based on the learning needs of students. Eligibility for services are discussed during the students IEP meetings and only provided with an active signed IEP. The Extended School Year (ESY), typically referred to as tutoring, is for students whose team have recommended services only. These services will be provided for a period of 4 weeks. Frequency will be determined by individual teams and will be scheduled during the 4 week ESY period by the individual provider. The Extended School Year Program (EYP), is for students who receive services in the Strides, Language Based, Life Skills, Stages and Stepping Stones Programs, whose IEP calls for extended year programming.

Services will be provided in person* either at Wilmington High School or Wildwood Early Childhood Center as follows:

Extended School Year (ESY) 6/29/21-7/22/21

Extended School Year Program (EYP) 6/28/21-8/5/21

*While the district prioritizes in person learning for all students, families will also be provided the ability to opt into a remote model of instruction for these services.

*Parents/Guardians will receive notification of start times and teacher assignment and additional information prior to start date. These notifications will be sent by mail or email to addresses on file through Aspen. Emergency forms will also be provided and must be sent to school on the first day.

Please contact your child's liaison with any questions regarding ESY/EYP.

Upcoming Events/Resources

Wilmington Public Schools, in Collaboration with McLean Hospital Anxiety Mastery Program, Present a “Lunch and Learn”:

A Deeper Dive into Effective Coping for Children and Adolescents

Friday, April 30th

12:00 PM-1:00 PM

As a follow up to their first parent talk during the Caregiver Virtual Series Nights, “Supporting Kids in Using Effective Coping Strategies When Faced with Tough Challenges: Validation and Finding The Middle Ground (vs. fragilizing or being too strict), Yudelki Firpo-Perretti, PH.D, staff psychologist and Michelle Silverman, PH.D, postdoctoral fellow at McLean Anxiety Mastery Program and School Consultation Program, will discuss additional strategies parents can use to support their children in managing strong emotions and approaching tough challenges. There will also be time for a Q&A at the end. Please note that Drs. Firpo-Perretti and Silverman can only address questions related to mental health and behavior management and will not be able to address any academic concerns or school logistics.

Register in advance here.

Please contact Christine Murray, Coordinator of Behavioral Health & Social Emotional Support: with any questions.

CAREGIVER VIRTUAL SERIES RESOURCES: Recorded presentations, slides and resources from our well received Caregiver Virtual Series Nights, held in January and February 2021, can be found on our district here.

Parents Supporting Parents: The WPS has a partnership with the BRYT network (Bridge for Resilient Youth in Transition model to help their students return to school after prolonged absences). Below are our group offerings this week.

Click HERE to learn more.

Group Schedule

Monday, March 22nd at 7:00 PM EST BIPOC Group FLYER

Tuesday, March 23rd at 7:00 PM EST

Wednesday March 24th at 7:00 PM EST

Thursday March 25th at 7:00 PM EST ***PLEASE note this is a new time***

- This group will be offered the 3 different days and times listed above.

Utilizing Creative Expression to Take a Pause

Thursday March 25th at 6:00 PM EST Spanish Group FLYER

Supporting Parents FLYER

Spanish Group FLYER

These groups are FREE to ALL Caregivers!

Have you noticed your child feeling down or depressed? Free Treatment for Depression for Adolescents Participating in NIH-sponsored Study

The Center for Depression, Anxiety and Stress Research examines vulnerability factors that
render individuals susceptible to depression. Dr. Christian Webb’s NIH-sponsored research is
looking specifically at the link between low/depressed mood and the brain in adolescents and offers treatment at no cost. Click on the links to review a letter outlining the study and a flyer to advertise the opportunity.

Wilmington SEPAC: The Wilmington Special Education Parent Advisory Council provides education and support to parents, school personnel and the broader community on special education issues and services.

For more information visit:

Please join us at our upcoming Virtual SEPAC Meeting

Thu Mar 25, 2021 6:30pm – 7:30pm

*Information on how to attend the meeting will be provided via email to all families who have a student(s) that receive special education services.

MassSupport Network provides free, anonymous, and confidential community outreach and support services across the state in response to the unprecedented public health crisis, the COVID-19 pandemic.

MassSupport is a Crisis Counseling Program, funded by the Federal Emergency Management Administration and managed in partnership between the Massachusetts Department of Mental Health and Riverside Community Care.

Again, it is important to note that our services are free, confidential, and anonymous.

There are numerous MassSupport teams of counselor and clinician professionals that work throughout Massachusetts. These teams are divided regionally, based on the Department of Mental Health area offices. They are made up of doctorate level mental health professionals, social workers, and crisis counselors.

As the Northeast MassSupport team, we are pleased to offer several types of services and a variety of ways that they can be accessed.

888 Helpline Number

  • It can be reached by dialing 888-215-4920
  • To support anyone affected in any way by the Pandemic
  • This is a helpline for those needing support and/or resources
  • The number is called, and the caller leaves a voice message
  • A counselor or clinician, who is disaster trained, will respond
  • The caller will be assisted through psychological first aid and/or be provided with resources matched to caller needs
  • This can range from financial, housing, mental health support, food banks, COVID testing locations, etc.
  • The hours of operations for this service is Monday-Saturday, 8am-8pm
  • We are made up of a multi-lingual staff to meet the needs of our communities
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