Theresa Bianco, William Floyd High School art teacher and chairperson of the Fine Arts, William Floyd School District, was recently selected as the New York State Art Teachers Association (NYSATA) Region 10 (Suffolk County) Art Educator of the Year! Mrs. Bianco was selected for this prestigious honor for demonstrating commitment and dedication to the field of art education, and to NYSATA, and for practicing exemplary teaching, strong advocacy and for making a positive impact on those around her in her school, district, region and state.
Student Support Services
Welcome to the Student Support Services website page for the William Floyd School District. Through the use of this website we will share information with our families, students, teachers and members of our community. The WFSD is aware that our families may need services that extend beyond the instructional and building base supports that the school district can offer. We hope this page serves as a helpful resource to what our schools and community can offer.
What is the role of the school based Social Worker?
The William Floyd School District recognizes that the economic, educational, and social challenges that our families face has increased over the years. In response to these needs the WFSD is responding with a limited scope of service provided by our school based social workers. In order for our social workers to meet the needs of our children they will::
- Function as a link between home, school, and community to promote the educational success of our children.
- Intervene when there is a social, family, or economic challenge, which impacts the learning process of our students.
In addition, our social workers (often in conjunction with community based supports) will strengthen the students’ learning opportunities, achievements, and social-emotional functioning to support the student’s educational success by providing the following services:
- Assisting families with identifying community services and resources.
- Providing school based services to students who have problems adjusting to the instructional school day and its demands.
- Facilitating individual and group support sessions.
- Consulting with teachers, administrators, and families regarding classroom and school based behaviors that are affecting our student’s performance.
- Acting as mandated reporters of suspected child abuse and neglect.
- Responding to suicidal statements made by students.
What is a School Psychologist?
The William Floyd School District (WFSD) is aware that in order for some of our children to succeed they will need academic, social, behavioral, and emotional support. The WFSD is aware that there are times that individual interventions are necessary. Our district wide School Psychologists take this responsibility and collaborate with educators, parents, and other professionals to create safe, healthy, and supportive learning environments that strengthen connections between home, school, and the community for all students. Our School Psychologists are committed to:
- Providing counseling and mentoring for students who are struggling with social, emotional, and behavioral problems.
- Creating instructional plans that increase student achievement by overcoming barriers to learning and determining the best instructional strategies to improve learning.
- Promoting wellness and resilience by reinforcing communication and social skills, problem solving, anger management, self-regulation and self-determination skills.
- Enhancing the student’s understanding and acceptance of diverse cultures and backgrounds as well as an understanding of self.
The WFSD utilizes its School Psychologist to ensure that we are accurately meeting the needs of our children by:
- Identifying and addressing learning and behavior deficits that interfere with the student’s academic success.
- Evaluate eligibility for special education services in conjunction with the buildings Instructional Support Team.
- Evaluating and supporting a students’ social, emotional, and behavioral health as it relates to academic success.
Student Support Services Resources
McKinney-Vento Assistance Act
The Floyd Academy recently raised $300 in a “Movember” fundraiser, an effort designed to support and bring awareness to men’s physical and mental health issues. To reach this goal, students in Ms. Marie Martin’s Introduction to Cooking class baked gingerbread and mustache-shaped cookies for purchase. Additionally, students, through weekly lessons, learned about topics related to men’s health including suicide prevention, prostate and testicular cancers. They culminated this effort with a pickleball tournament!