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    Social Work Services Overview
    Our Philosophy
     
    Early adolescents face unique and diverse challenges, both personally and developmentally, that have an impact on academic achievement. The social work staff aims to support students and their parents in obtaining the necessary problem solving and social/emotional skills in order to transition back to their community school. Moreover, school social work staff members are committed to cultivating and training the next generation of parents, workers, leaders, and citizens. We believe that every student needs support, guidance, and opportunities during adolescence, a time of rapid growth and change.  We engage all stakeholders in the design, development, implementation and evaluation of a comprehensive, developmental and systematic programming which is aligned with the school’s mission to support the academic achievement.
     
    Meeting the Developmental Needs of our Students
     
    Middle school students are characterized by their need to explore a variety of interests and connecting their learning in the classroom to its practical application in life and work. As they search for their own unique identity, they quite naturally begin turning towards peers rather than parents for affirmation and support. Moreover, middle schools students are extreme sensitivity to the comments from others and rely on friends to provide comfort, understanding and approval.
     
    How Do We Support Our Students
    Our social workers offer a host of services to enrich the lives of our students and their families. We are also invested in engaging our parents, community leaders, businesses and organizations in expanding learning opportunities for students enrolled in The Middle Alternative Program at Lombard #734.

    §  Individual, Family and Group Counseling

    §  Community Service Provider Referrals (i.e. Tutorial, Employment, Housing, Physical Health, Mental Health, Psychiatric, Childcare, Food)

    §  Food Bank  sponsored by MD Food Bank

    §  Referrals to Community Outpatient Mental Health Providers

    §  Academic and Cultural Enrichment Activities (i.e. Music Production/Songwriting, Art Investigations, Environmental Science)

    §  Speakers and Group Presentations  (i.e. Anger Management, Conflict Resolution, Stress Management, Community Geography, Financial Literacy/Money Management,  Job Readiness)

    §  School Store/School’s PBIS Incentive Program

    §  Parent Education Classes  (i.e. Healthy Lifestyles)