Highland Central School District has four school psychologists:
School psychologists are highly trained professionals with expertise in educational psychology, mental health, child development, consultation, and academic, remedial, behavioral, and mental health interventions. School psychologists provide a wide array of services such as school-based counseling, evaluations for behavioral and learning challenges, and consultation with parents, teachers, and administrators. They also assist in crisis intervention, which may include assessing risk for self-harm.
School psychologists in Highland are integral to the Instructional Support Team/Response to Intervention (IST/RTI) process in every building. They are also very involved in bullying prevention efforts, including implementing supportive interventions as mandated by the Dignity for All Students Act (DASA), and consulting with each building to implement Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports (PBIS). Finally, school psychologists in Highland are designated as chairpersons for Committees on Special Education (CSEs) for their respective grade levels, and may be involved in the 504 process.
This page is designed to serve as a resource for parents, staff and students, to provide useful information about common school and childhood issues such as ADHD, Autism, learning disabilities, bullying, and mental health. Please see links to the left, and check back often. Also, please see our individual websites for additional information on age or building-specific topics.
Let's Get in GEAR: National School Psychology Week 2021
The National Association of School Psychologists (NASP) is kicking off National School Psychology week (Nov. 8-12) with a new theme "Let’s Get in GEAR." (Grow, Engage, Advocate, Rise). As school psychologists get in gear for positive change this school year, we are reminded that when we move together we can make an even better impact to help school staff, students and parents. We can work together to help students, families, and school staff emerge from the challenges of the past year and a half. Read below to learn more about this year's theme as we celebrate the important work school psychologists do to help students thrive.
Grow: We grow together professionally and personally
Engage: We engage in best practices
Adovcate: We advocate for children's access to mental health and learning supports
Rise: To rise implies resilience and renewal despite the challenges of the past