Student Support Services Newsletter

January 2021

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From the Department

Happy New Year Spartan Community!

We hope that you all had a wonderful break and an enjoyable holiday season. Please see below for updates, information, and news from the department.

Warm Wishes,

The Student Support Services Department

Guidance and SEL: Sparta Middle School

Virtual Boys Council & Virtual Girls Circle

We are pleased to announce that The Center for Prevention and Counseling’s 7th grade Virtual Boys Council and 8th grade Virtual Girls Circle recently began at the Sparta Middle School. These 10-Week leadership workshops focus on increasing participants’ self-efficacy, making new friends, and confidence in both social and academic settings.

We Are Not Buying It Prevention Program

All 6th grade students will be participating in the WNBI: We’re Not Buying Prevention program at Sparta Middle School during their Health and/or Physical Education class. The Center for Prevention and Counseling offers this program to middle school students in an effort to empower students to not buy into the myths of “Everyone is doing it” and “It’s the cool thing to do."

The WNBI: We’re Not Buying It Prevention program is a 6-week prevention program designed to promote awareness and knowledge about marijuana use, prescription drug use and cyberbullying. The program’s focus will be social media and is designed to help students decode messages in popular movies, social media and music that promotes marijuana use, prescription drug use and cyberbullying.

The goals of the program are to:

  • Help students identify the reasons why individuals may start using these products (i.e.peer pressure and advertising)
  • Provide resistance tools individuals can implement
  • Emphasize the value of social support for resistance through various group activities

Trainings & Events

Supporting Behaviors at Home Parent Session

Wednesday, Feb. 10th, 10am

This is an online event.

The Virtual Parent Session will be hosted by the Special Services Department on the topic of supporting behaviors at home. The link to the training will be provided on the Special Services webpage and the Sparta Township Public School's website in February.

Virtual Coffee Chat with Dr. Brown

Dr. Brown continues to host bi-weekly virtual chats on Fridays from 7:30am-8:30am. If you would like to learn more about the work of the department, ask questions, share your ideas or provide feedback, this is the perfect chat for you!

The next virtual chat will occur on Friday, January 8th. Please pop-in and join her for coffee and casual conversation. This informal gathering is open to everyone!

Virtual Link to Join:

Family Promise of Sussex County Quarterly Newsletter

Family Promise of Sussex County works to eradicate homelessness in Sussex County and provides resources to strengthen children and families. Their Fall 2020 Quarterly Newsletter provides updates on their holiday events and donations, their impact in 2020 and details ways to support the agency. If you would like to learn more about the agency, please visit their website.
Visit the Student Support Services Department Webpage

Please visit the Student Support Services Department Webpage that can be found on the district and school homepages of the website. The department webpage is updated with information about our programs and services.

Announcements & Resources

If you are looking for our latest announcements and resources, please check this webpage for updates.