The Sheboygan Area School District (SASD) has been recognized by the Wisconsin School Counselor Association (WSCA).
Student Support Personnel Team (SST) of Sheboygan South High School
earned the Program of Promise (PoP) Award for their work supporting the
The PoP Award is intended to
recognize exceptional teams of professionals who are making an impact
on the achievement of the students in their building.
SST at South is led by six school counselors and also includes a school
psychologist, school social worker, school nurse, ATOD coordinator,
police liaison officer and three administrative assistants.
scored and recognized the exceptional Support Accountability Report
Card for Wisconsin (SPARC-W) submitted by the team from Sheboygan South
High School. The document, which was designed by SASD marketing
specialist Nicole Sondalle, will receive the Best Design and Layout
Award for the entire state.
The SPARC-W is a
document that highlights the positive outcomes SST has on student
achievement. Some of the outcomes included in the Sheboygan South
document include data showing that 95 percent of students at South High
School feel safe; and the positive effects of the Teen Screen mental
health screening on student academic achievement; data showing a 150
percent increase in the number of students taking the Accuplacer, which
is the entrance exam for the Wisconsin Technical College System.
South High School is one of three schools in the sate to earn this
distinction, which includes an endorsement from State Superintendent
"We're looking for school
counselor-led teams that are clearly and positively impacting the
safety and climate in their school building," said Steve Schneider,
president of WSCA who also spearheaded the development of the SPARC-W.
"We're also providing a way for these teams to indicate, in a concise
way, how they are having a positive impact on student achievement."
said the PoP Award is awarded after a rigorous scoring process
conducted by a committee of professional school counselors from across
the state. "The school counselors that lead the support teams in their
building are clearly at the forefront of the school counseling
profession," said Schneider.