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South High Student Support Team/Publication Earns State Award

The Sheboygan Area School District (SASD) has been recognized by the Wisconsin School Counselor Association (WSCA).

The Student Support Personnel Team (SST) of Sheboygan South High School earned the Program of Promise (PoP) Award for their work supporting the school's students.

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.

The 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.

WSCA 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.

Sheboygan South High School is one of three schools in the sate to earn this distinction, which includes an endorsement from State Superintendent Elizabeth Burmaster.

"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."

Schneider 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.

Sheboygan Area School District Press Release
January 21, 2009