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Student Services: District Social Worker

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 career, 22 years and counting, 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 order to be a licensed school social worker by the Ohio Department of Education, I attended Case Western Reserve University to complete the school social work licensure post-graduate coursework.  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.  I am President of the Sheffield-Sheffield Lake Teachers' Association , which is the bargaining unit (OEA/NEA) of the certified staff for the Sheffield-Sheffield Lake City Schools.  Our bargaining unit supports students and the learning conditions in which they attend school.  As a professional organization, our role is to support the best opportunities for staff to work and students to learn.  Like our 'Facebook' page:  Sheffield-Sheffield Lake Teachers' Association (SSLTA) which contains information regarding events and positive news of the Sheffield-Sheffield Lake Schools.

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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Food Pantry- Brookside High School

School Food Pantry

Sheffield-Sheffield Lake City Schools
Mobile Food Pantry Distributions
Brookside High School 
(1662 Harris Rd. in Sheffield Village- enter through the southernmost driveway)
3rd Wednesday of each Month
4:30-6:00 PM

The department of student services is excited to continue our partnership with Second Harvest Food Bank of North Central Ohio.  Brookside High School (1662 Harris Rd. in Sheffield Village) will serve as a food pantry distribution location from 4:30-6:00 P.M. on the following dates:

This mobile pantry distribution is funded through federal and community grants, and is open to the entire community (Sheffield Village, Sheffield Lake, adjacent communities/neighborhoods- any resident in the State of Ohio).  The distribution site will offer a refrigerated truck with meat, eggs, and produce, as well as dry goods, canned goods, and bread.  Household items, such as toilet paper, may also be available.

This program is a great support to our students, their families, and any community member in need.  Families must be income eligible, however the threshold is 230% of the federal poverty level, which encompasses a higher number of our families (captures families who do not qualify for free/reduced lunch). 

Families who qualify for this program include:
Households of 1 making less than $30,000 a year or approx $670 per week
Households of 2 making less than $40,000 a year or approx $900 per week
Households of 3 making less than $50,500 a year or approx $1140 per week
Households of 4 making less than $61,000 a year or approx $1400 per week
Households of 5 making less than $71,000 a year or approx $1600 per week

We are looking to make outreach to various civic, community, faith, and service organizations in order to spread the word.  Seniors, shut-ins, and those with mobility issues can designate a proxy in effort to assist with access to the food/distribution location.  Please see the downloads section of the web page for a flyer or proxy designation form.

Thanks in advance for your support.  Feel free to email or call with any questions.

Sandy Hook Promise

"Be The One" who fights social isolation.

Click on the link to view the video of "Be The One" from the Sandy Hook Promise. Discuss with a child in your life and discuss ways in which you can empower the child to "Be The One" to fight others who are in social isolation.

The Sandy Hook Promise is a non-profit organization from Newtown, CT which focuses on preventing schools from experiencing a devastating school violence tragedy that occurred in their school.
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How To Help Your Child Make Good Choices

Talk with your teen: It is important to establish and maintain healthy and frequent communication with your child. Work towards breaking down communication barriers, and set up a routine of “mindful talk” to gain more insight into your teen’s life. Talking with your teen is crucial in determining any pre-existing symptoms that may lead to substance abuse, such as depression or anxiety. Talk with your teen about alcohol and drug use specifically, as well as any genetic vulnerabilities he or she may have to addiction due to family history of use.

Get Involved: Young people are much less likely to have mental health and substance use problems when they have positive activities to do and when caring adults are involved in their lives. Explore hobbies and strengths of your teen to increase resiliency, establish coping skills, and to help your child gain outside support systems.

Set Rules: Make clear rules and enforce them with consistency and appropriate disciplinary action. Rules and consequences should be transparent and consistent; this will help reinforce your child’s thought formation around actions and predicting outcomes.
Be a Role Model: Because children like to imitate adults, you can influence your teen greatly by leading. Your actions are more influential than words, so forget the old adage “do what I say, not what I do.”

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School Social Worker

Mr. Smith
Andrew Smith, LISW-S
Ph:  440-949-4213
Fax:  877-664-4354
Email:  [email protected]  
The Brookside School Pantry is held the 3rd Wednesday of each month from 4:30-6:00 PM at Brookside High School (1662 Harris Rd., Sheffield).
Click here for the proxy form for those who need food help but are unable to attend the food pantry. Those in need should fill out this form and give it to a neighbor, relative, for friend who can pickup food on their behalf.
Free & Reduced Lunch Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) are available here. For more information, please contact [email protected]
Free & Reduced Lunch Application is available here. Please note! With the changes in the economy and status of the nation, parents and eligible to apply at any time for free/reduced lunch.
Brookside High School students who have received an Endowment Committee Scholarship should complete the attached form and submit it (with a copy of your Fall schedule) to Mr. Smith. Please make sure you following the instructions on the sheet!
Permission for a clinical counselor from Ohio Guidestone to work with your child to determine if counseling support services would be beneficial for your child. Print and sign the attached permission (consent) form and email or dropoff to Mr. Smith at BHS or the Administration Building. A support worker from Ohio Guidestone will contact you as the parent to gather background info and presenting concerns/issues. Parents and students are included in all aspects of the consultation process. Please email or call Mr. Smith if you have questions or need help with the process.
Student drug testing policy adopted by the Sheffield-Sheffield Lake City Schools Board of Education
Release of Information for outside agencies, practices to communicate with school personnel
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