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Juniata County School District Mental Health Department

SCHOOL COUNSELORS/SOCIAL WORKER

How to contact a School Counselor/Social Worker during school hours (M-F, 8-3:30):

Ms. Shepps

Home and School Visitor at JES

Email: mshepps@jcsdk12.org

Phone: 717-436-2111 ext. 5050

Any student may request to talk with me during school hours; that includes students learning virtually. Virtual learners can best reach me through email to set up a virtual appointment. In-person learners should check with their teacher regarding a time to meet or let me know that you would like to schedule a time to meet during the day.

Parents are welcome to reach out to me through Class Dojo, email or telephone. (Email is best.)

Ms. Kennel.

School Counselor at EJES

Email: lkennel@jcsdk12.org

Phone: 717-694-3961

Students please check with your teacher regarding a time to come for a visit or let Ms. Kennel know you would like to schedule a time for a visit during the day.

Ms. Mann, School Counselor at TJHS

Students can complete the “Counselor Request” Google forms sent via Google Classroom

Visit Ms. Mann’s “Virtual Google Counseling Office”

Send Ms. Mann an email: cmann@jcsdk12.org

Ask the teacher to visit Ms. Mann

Stop in to see Ms. Mann and a pass can be given for an appointment

Parents can call (717) 436-2165 x 5048 or send an email

Mrs. Kile/Mr. Condo, School Counselors at JHS

Students can email, call, or come in to the guidance office to meet with counselors.

lkile@jcsdk12.org, 717-463-2193, x. 5046

kcondo@jcsdk12.org, 717-463-2193, x. 5047

If students are in a class, ask the teacher to visit the guidance office.

Appointments can be made.

Mrs. Sperlich, School Counselor at EJHS

Email: esperlich@jcsdk12.org

Phone: 717-463-2111 ext. 5

Google Classroom: You have been invited by grade to “Mrs. Sperlich’s Virtual Counseling Office.” If you need a new invitation, send an email to Mrs. Sperlich. Virtual office hours: every Friday a new link will be sent out.

Face-to-face: Stop in Mrs. Sperlich’s office anytime you’re in school! Please try to come down during a study hall, or ask your teacher for permission if you are in a class.

Ms. Straub, School Counselor at EJHS

Email: hstraub@jcsdk12.org

Phone: (717) 463-2111 ext. 5045

Google Classroom: You have been invited by grade to “Miss Straub’s Virtual Counseling Office.” If you need a new invitation, send an email to Miss Straub. Virtual office hours: every Friday a new link will be sent out.

Face-to-face: Stop in Miss Straub’s office anytime you’re in school! If you need to talk and can’t find me, send me an email. If possible, please notify your teachers of where you are going before leaving.

What to do in the event of a personal crisis:

If you are at school, please talk to a teacher, nurse, or a counselor.

If it is after school hours or the weekend, talk to an adult at home. You can also text or call for help:

Crisis Text Line: Text ‘PA’ to 741741

Call 24/7 Crisis Hotline (Prevent Suicide PA): 1-800-929-9583 OR 1-800-273-8255

SCHOOL PSYCHOLOGISTSAlthough the school psychologists have physical offices in specific buildings, they offer assessment and consultation services to students, families, and educators through a district-wide service delivery model. This means, for example, you may see the school psychologist from TJHS collaborating with student teams at JES. The school psychologists provide specific information about the evaluation processes for special education and gifted support services; connect students to in-school and community resources; serve on a number of school-wide and/or district-wide initiatives (e.g., Response to Intervention and Autism support service delivery); and assist students with the transition from preschool to school-age education.

The best way to contact the school psychologist if you do not see her in her office is via email or phone.

Rebecca Kirby, Ph.D.

Nationally Certified School Psychologist

Office: Tuscarora Junior High School

3873 William Penn Highway,

Mifflintown, PA 17059

Phone: 717-436-2111, ext. 5053

Email: rkirby@jcsdk12.org

Carissa Bowersox, Ph.D.

Nationally Certified School Psychologist

Office: East Juniata Elementary School

54 Main Street

Richfield, PA 17086

Phone: 717-436-2111 x5052

Email: cbowersox@jcsdk12.org

Margaret (Maggie) Hackenberger, M.Ed.

Certified School Psychologist

Office: East Juniata High School

32944 Route 35 North

McAlisterville, PA 17049

Phone: 717-463-2111 x5051

Email: mhackenberger@jcsdk12.org

Additional Mental Health Resources and Information

SAP (Student Assistance Program)

Juniata County School district offers SAP at the elementary and secondary level to help support students who may be experiencing challenges including alcohol, tobacco, other drugs, and mental health issues which pose a barrier to a student’s success. The primary goal of the Student Assistance Program is to help students overcome these barriers so that they may achieve, advance, and remain in school. The SAP team is comprised of teachers, administrators, school counselors, nurses and other professionals such as probation, children and youth, and counselors. To learn more about SAP, you can visit http://pnsas.org To sign yourself or your student up for SAS, please see your school counselor.

Safe2Say

1-844-SAF2SAY

Safe2Say Something is a school safety tool that will save lives. Safe2Say Something is a youth violence prevention program run by the Pennsylvania Office of Attorney General. The program teaches youth and adults how to recognize warning signs and signals, especially within social media, from individuals who may be a threat to themselves or others and to “say something” BEFORE it is too late.

Grief and Loss

The HighMark Caring Place

Harrisburg region

(866) 613-4673

https://www.highmarkcaringplace.com

Personal Crisis or Suicidal Ideation

Prevent Suicide PA

https://www.preventsuicidepa.org/task-force-county-init/juniata/

Crisis Text Line: Text ‘PA’ to 741741

Call 24/7 Crisis Hotline (Prevent Suicide PA): 1-800-929-9583 OR 1-800-273-8255

Drug and Alcohol

Clear Concepts Counseling

717-436-9634

Food Assistance

Juniata County Food Pantry

717-436-9718

Human Services Hotline

Provides contact information or immediate crisis services 24 hours a day.

Call 211

How to Cope with Stress and Anxiety During the COVID-19 Pandemic:

How to Use Google Classroom:

Youtube Video For Parents https://youtu.be/IgS-hoSIjnw

Come utilizar “Google Classrom En Espanol para padres https://youtu.be/bS9zhn8SS9o

Youtube Video for Students https://youtu.be/G5P7nVbQWJc