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Hello my name is Samantha Kiessling, and I am a school social work intern for Sheffield-Sheffield Lake City Schools. I am currently enrolled at Cleveland State University, pursuing a Masters degree in Social Work. I received my Bachelor of Arts undergraduate degree from Cleveland State University with a major in Psychology in 2017. Prior to starting my graduate degree, I worked at a substance abuse facility called Glenbeigh Hospital: Outpatient Center of Rocky River. I have almost 2 years of experience working with the administration team as well as the clients. Although I did not work directly with the clients (performing assessments, group therapy.. etc), I met with them and introduced them to our facility. I educated them on further substance abuse treatment, and explained what types of services we provided.

Social work has always been an interest of mine since I was younger. I find it alluring the way social work can be such an amazing aid for families and individuals. I have enjoyed learning how and why the brain works. I have taken many developmental, psychological and social behavioral courses that have helped me gain extensive knowledge that strongly supports my understanding of social work practice. I am eager to learn more about school social work and how I can assist at my highest potential. I enjoy the company of children and I would love to be a positive role model or support system in their life if possible. I will help advocate and support students through any possible distress they may encounter. I am here to benefit the well-being of all students and encourage them in good decision making, behavior, and attitude. I am delighted to be working with the staff and students of Sheffield-Sheffield Lake City Schools. If you have any questions or comments, please do not hesitate to contact me.

My email is skiessling@sslcs.org or you can reach me via phone 440-522-8087.

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Posted Thursday, October 11, 2018
Early Childhood School Success- Spaghetti Dinner

Please join us for a free family spaghetti dinner on Tuesday, March 20th from 6:00-7:30 P.M.

Penny Morgan, supervising clinical counselor at Firelands Counseling & Recovery Services, joins us for a short parent informational night on school readiness and school success in early childhood learners.

Please see the attached flyer for more information.  

Please visit the following link to register:  https://goo.gl/forms/WLS1FohalzJHR2Mw2

Childcare is provided.

The program will be held at Brookside High School and there is NO cost for this event.

This program is sponsored by the Sheffield-Sheffield Lake Teachers’ Association (OEA/NEA)- which is the professional association & collective bargaining unit for the certified staff of the Sheffield-Sheffield Lake City Schools.

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Posted Thursday, March 1, 2018
Is your child having difficulty with emotional outbursts?  Is your child struggling with communicating emotions?  Does your child tell you that they "don't know how they feel?"   Does your child struggle with describing emotions to you?  Does your son/daughter 'lash out' with anger or rage with no known reason?  Do you often think or say "I don't know what to do anymore?" or "I'm at a loss."  

Your child may benefit from working with a mental health counselor.
Mental health counseling is designed to be a skill-based process where people (children or adults) are able to process and understand their Emotions, Thoughts, and Behaviors.  Counselors (also referred to as clinicians or therapists) assist children (and/or parents) to increase communication skills, learn and practice ways to problem-solve, learn how to effectively discipline at home, and better understand whether issues are similar to other children at the same developmental level, or if there are mental health concerns.

We know from decades of research that "Counseling Works, People Get Better."

The Sheffield-Sheffield Lake City Schools partners with both private practice and community mental health agencies in effort to assist families with determining if counseling could help students and families.

With parent permission, a student can talk and work with a mental health counselor for approximately 2-3 times, the counselor will discuss over the phone or meet with parents face-to-face, observe the child in the classroom setting (if needed), meet with teachers to discuss any concerns in the classroom (if needed), and then talk with parents to discuss whether short-term counseling would benefit a child.
The mental health counselor also works with teachers to provide recommendations on ways to support the child in school and the classroom as well.
This 'consultation' service is provided free of charge.

If interested, please call or email Mr. Smith to discuss how to get this process started.
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Posted Tuesday, September 26, 2017
My name is Andrew Smith, and I am the school social worker for the Sheffield-Sheffield Lake City Schools.  Prior to working in the Office of Student Services, I was a 7th grade science teacher at Sheffield Middle School.   I have dedicated my entire educational career of 19 years to the Sheffield-Sheffield Lake City Schools.

I graduated from Conneaut High School and received my undergraduate degree in Elementary Education with a minor in science from Bowling Green State University.   I continued my education at Cleveland State University where I earned my Master of Social Work degree in Clinical Social Work.  In effort to be licensed as a school social worker by the Ohio Department of Education, I attended Case Western Reserve University to complete the school social work licensure track.  I worked in a school unit at Lorain County Children Services from 2004-2011 and worked at a group private practice in Avon Lake from 2011-2014.  I served on the executive board for the Lorain County Board of Mental Health from 2010-2017, and currently sit on the board for the Lorain County Prevention Connection.

My goal as a school social worker is to help make our children the most academically successful, well rounded students.  My goal is to advocate and support students and families who are in need, support responsible and healthy decision-making, reduce risky behavior, and work with students to help them excel in all aspects of their school experience.  I serve as the clinical resource for the administration and guidance counselors.

I look forward to working with you.  Please feel free to contact me should you believe your child may need additional counseling, educational, emotional, or behavioral support.
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Posted Thursday, November 19, 2015
Please see the policy (located on the right side of this webpage in the downloads section) adopted by the Sheffield-Sheffield Lake City Schools Board of Education regarding random student drug testing.  The program is designed as a prevention program in effort to combat the increase of addiction across society.  The policy was adopted September 28, 2015 with implementation beginning November 1, 2015.

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Posted Monday, September 14, 2015

Lorain County Alcohol & Drug Abuse Services (LCADA): 2016-17

Information from our LCADA Education Specialist Assigned to Brookside:

Monique Guerrero is a Prevention Specialist who specializes in providing information and education to youth and communities. She has completed an Associates of Arts Degree and Chemical Dependency Counselor Assistant Certificate program at Lorain County Community College as well as a Bachelor’s Degree at Cleveland State University in Psychology as a member of the National Psychology Honors Society.   

The education she provides can range from communication styles and time management to resolving conflicts and substance abuse signs and symptoms. She has worked with kids from 1st grade to 12th grade individually, in small groups, and classrooms. She sees her role as being another positive role model to youth in communities across Lorain County as well as being a source of information for youth and community members alike. As a parent herself, she wants to focus on the needs of the community and is excited to work with Brookside High School and Middle School, as they continue to create environments that foster education, understanding, and growth.

LCADA offers alcohol & drug abuse education/prevention at Brookside High School and Brookside Middle School through two methods of service:

a. Health classes receive an education program called “Life Skills.” This program is designed to provide factual information regarding involvement in alcohol & other drugs. The program occurs once a week during regular health class time. Information/education, research supported statistics, and activities are used to help educate students on risky choices surrounding alcohol & other drugs.

b. A “Prevention/Education Specialist” is at Brookside High School/Middle School every Wednesday during the school year from 9:30AM-2:00PM. This LCADA specialist works one-on-one with students who may need education or be at-risk for dealing with drug-related issues/situations. The specialist is also able to work with parents who believe that their child may be involved or subject to risky behavior at home or at a friend’s house. This partnership is not clinical in nature, and therefore is not ‘therapy.’ The purpose of this program is to help students head-off any problems they may encounter involving drugs, alcohol, or risky behavior. This program is truly about prevention and education.

For more information on how to connect with the drug prevention specialist, please contact our school social worker, Mr. Smith, or contact your child’s guidance counselor or principal.

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Posted Tuesday, August 18, 2015
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