Student Support Services


School Based Counseling

Sandpiper is grateful for the grant funding from School Force and Sequoia Hospital that provides a full time counselor. Our full time counselor supports SEL through district sponsored programs, assemblies, lunch bunch, and (when needed) individual or small group counseling.

Meeting with a Counselor

Multi Tiered Systems of Support

At Sandpiper, we attend to the whole child. By working together to support our students' academic, behavioral, and social-emotional growth, we advance their love of learning, their ability to self-regulate, and their sense of well-being.

We use the framework of Multi-Tiered Systems of Support (MTSS) to organize our collaboration and to leverage diverse resources for our school.

MTSS is a framework that challenges schools to:

  • Engage families and community partners.

  • Align initiatives, resources, and supports across district, school, grades, and classrooms.

  • Use student assessment and teacher collaboration to continually enrich and deepen standards-driven classroom instruction.

  • Cultivate rigor and meaning for all students using Universal Design for Learning principles for instructional planning and thoughtfully selected instructional materials.

  • Foster positive and inclusive environments for learning through Positive Behavioral Intervention and Support (PBIS).

Counselor's Corner

Happy Mental Health Awareness Month!

May marks Asian Pacific American Heritage Month, which celebrates the histories of Americans hailing from across the Asian continent and from the Pacific islands of Melanesia, Micronesia and Polynesia. Cynthia Choi, co-executive director of Chinese for Affirmative Action and co-founder of Stop AAPI Hate says the month is a time to speak out, share stories and debunk myths about Asian communities. But it's not the only time to celebrate Asian culture or diversity. "Our history is also filled with incredible stories of resilience, of persistence, of determination, to fight for our basic rights," Choi told NPR. "This is a celebration of our history, of our culture...and all the different ways in which our community has really demonstrated that we're not only here to stay, we are a part of this fabric — a part of this country."

The weeks of May 9 and 16 are CAASPP testing here at Sandpiper. Click this link to review tips to reduce stress and worry during our testing weeks.

Memorial Day is an American holiday, observed on the last Monday of May, honoring the men and women who died while serving in the U.S. military. Memorial Day 2022 will occur on Monday, May 30. Originally known as Decoration Day, it originated in the years following the Civil War and became an official federal holiday in 1971. Many Americans observe Memorial Day by visiting cemeteries or memorials, holding family gatherings and participating in parades.

All the best,

Dan Stark

Reading and Language Team

The Sandpiper Reading Team and Language Team Programs are a regular education program designed to give additional instruction and support to students acquiring English or striving to read at grade level. The curriculum used is Leveled Literacy Intervention by Fountas and Pinnell which is supplemented by Ready Common Core Reading Instruction and Ready Common Core English Language Arts.

Specific English Language Development Curriculum will be added in August of 2021

Reading Team Themes

Sea and Ocean Creatures and Books

Books are Treasures Waiting to be Discovered

Get Hooked on Books!

Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports (PBIS)

Main tenets of PBIS

Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports require trust and communication across families, staff, and students. To set expectations, staff teach and model how to treat others with respect. We focus on proactive strategies for positive reinforcement and encouragement, including STAR Cards. Through this instruction, and through the inclusion of student voice and choice, students learn the school expectations and are empowered community members.

All BRSSD schools are committed to supporting students through proactive instruction, interventions, alternatives to dismissal, suspension or other sanctions that require removal from the educational setting. This Safe and Supportive Schools Policy provides specific, tiered behavioral interventions and alternatives to suspension that shall be exhausted before referring a child out of the classroom except in cases of immediate safety threat or significant disruption that can only be remedied by removal. Click here to view the BRSSD's Safe and Supportive School Policy.

Restorative Justice

Sandpiper School embraces the practices of Restorative Justice to cultivate a safe, healthy and inclusive school climate. Through ongoing professional development, teachers and administrators continuously practice and develop effective implementation of Restorative Practices. Practices that focus on repairing the harm caused by actions and words are implemented as a means to teach students desired behaviors while maintaining their status in the community. Community circles, restorative conversations and mindfulness are all implemented throughout the campus as we support students to positively contribute to school climate and culture. Restorative Justice maintains that those who have a stake in a specific offense must be involved in the resolution process to the extent possible. When guided by evidence-based practices, they can collectively identify and address harms, needs, and obligations in order to heal and make things as right as possible by resolving the conflict. Misconduct affects victims, but it also impacts communities as well as the offenders themselves. https://peacealliance.org/the-political-rise-of-restorative-justice/

Mental Health in the News

April 2022:

Why Buying 'Stuff' Can Make People Less Lonely

Why Kids Are Suffering Today

2 Critical Risk Factors for Depression

What Everyone Should Understand About Body Focused Repetitive Behaviors

Why We Can't Remember Our Earliest Years

3 Ways to be Happier Today

The Psychology of Niceness

Does Having a Pet Really Benefit Your Mental Health

5 Things Therapy Can Do For You

Mentally Healthy vs. Mentally Ill

How Staring at Yourself (on Zoom) Can Effect Your Mental Health

Trust Your Gut: How Your Stomach Controls Your Mental and Physical Health

More Young Children Are Being Tested for Anxiety

31 Tips to Boost Your Mental Health

Why America's Teens Are So Sad

Shedding New Light on AAPI LGBTQ Youth

Depression vs. Burnout

Exercise is a Power Medicine for Depression

Study: Even a Little Exercise Can Help Prevent Depression

How Professional Basketball Got Serious About Mental Health

New Suicide Hotline Number

Study: Spending One Less Hour on Your Phone per Day Makes You Happier and Less Anxious

Creating Cohesive Collectives

Modesty Leaves the Best Impression

How to Get Comfortable Talking With the Media

Are Later School Start Times Better For Youth Mental Health

Why Are Americans Teens so Sad

A Guide to Surviving the Online Information Avalanche

How Resilience Helps Us Navigate Stress

Why Teens (Might) Benefit from Summer Jobs

Math Anxiety Weakens How Students Study

Teens More Likely to Disengage in School After Police Stops

4 Everyday Activities to Increase Resilience and Happiness

CDC Data Highlights Toll on Students' Mental Health

Supporting Parents via Social Media

Report Shows Impact of Playtime on American Students

How to Cope with Social Anxiety of Returning to the Workplace

Why We Need Trauma Informed Workplaces

How to Talk to Men About Their Mental Health

When Does Grief Require Therapy

Why Anorexia in Teens Is Often Misunderstood

March 2022:

The Effects on the Mind and Body from Sleep Deprivation

Why Forced Socialization Can be so Miserable

6 Ways to Build Self-Esteem

4 Questions That Could Help Change Yourself

How Wisdom Differs Between Genders

10 Ways You're Stronger Than You Think

4 Unexpected Sources of Grief

4 Signs You're Ready to End Therapy

Why a Little Socializing Can Go a Long Way

Why Do Men Not Talk About Mental Health

10 Ways to Beat Burnout

Why Evening Anxiety is Cause for Concern

4 Ways to Improve Your Luck

What Grief Really Looks Like

A Check-In On Social Media's Mental Health 25 Years Later

Struggling with Mental Health at Work?

Is the News Cycle Stressing You Out: Tips to Help

Finding LGBTQ+ Friendly Therapy

LGBTQ+ Mental Health Resources

The Importance of Rest, Relaxation, and Exercise

The Human Brain 101

Neurons and How the Brain Communicates

War, Social Media, and Your Mental Health

Perfectionist Youth Parent Trips

How to Manage Your Stress as Traumatic Events Pile Up

Teacher and Other School Personnel Experience Increased Threats, Harassment, and Violence During Pandemic

Taking Lessons From Our Past to Build a Better Future

The Benefits of Being an Optimist

Spring Cleaning for Your Brain

Air Pollution Linked to Health Concerns in Adolescents


Research on the Differences Between Forgiveness and Revenge

6 Things Parents Should Know About Mental Health in College

Americans Stress is Spiking

Americans Are Overwhelmed by Stress

Why is it so Hard to Find Mental Health Counseling Right Now

Reimagining Mental Health for Communities of Color

Communities with Higher Levels of Racial Prejudice Tend to Have Worse Health Outcomes

10 Tips for Dealing with Uncertainty

13 Ways to Protect Your Mental Health During Stressful News Cycles

Improving Sibling Relationships

Promoting High School Psychology as a Science

Psychologists Urge Peers to Take Climate Action

Revisions are Coming to High School Psychology Curriculum

Gender Differences and Creativity

How to Talk to Your Kids About Russia's Invasion of Ukraine

Psychology Stands Ready to Help Society Respond to Climate Change

HHS Announces Planning for Substance Abuse Treatment and Prevention Programs

Making Prevention a Priority for Substance Abuse

HHS Announces Plan to Strengthen Mental Health Services for Children and Young People

Tips for Living With a Serious Mental Illness

People at Greater Risk of Suicide

New Hotline Offers Pep Talk from Kindergarteners

Controlling the Spread of Misinformation

February 2022:

What to Do When You Can't Get Started

What Grief Really Looks Like

8 Signs of an Emotionally Unstable Relationships

Eating Disorders & Youth

What is an Eating Disorder

Different Types of Eating Disorders

Why is it so Hard to Recover From an Eating Disorder

7 Important Facts About Eating Disorders

How to Explain Eating Disorders to Other People

What Can I Do if I Hate My Body

How Yoga Can Improve Body Image

At Risk for an Eating Disorder

Full Recovery from an Eating Disorder is Possible

Your Body Knows You're Burnt Out

What is Mental Health Mapping

Tennis Star Details Battle with Mental Health

Inclusive Language Writing Guide

What's the Difference Between Stress and Anxiety

The Impact of Parental Burnout

Why Young Brains Are Vulnerable to Social Media

How to Talk to Your Children About War

How to Handle Trauma Related to War from Afar

How to Stop Scrolling When Strategy Strikes

Train Your Brain for Better Sleep

3 Ways to Stop Comparing Yourself to Others

A Teen's Guide for Managing Perfectionism

Warning Signs of Youth Violence

State by State: How Well Schools are Doing with Mental Health

Why You are Butting Heads with Your Teen

Long Distance Friendships Take Work

The Effects of a Clean and Tidy Home

Black History Month Resources

January 2022:

The Power of a 'Let it Go' List

Why is it So Hard to Live in the Moment

Zoom Boom in Therapy

Worry Burnout is Real

5 Mental Health Tips to Tackle 2022

Anxiety and Sadness May Increase on Anniversary of Traumatic Event

What the Pandemic has Done to Our Memories

16 Realistic Health Goals

Is Ambivalence Standing in the Way of Your Healthy Changes?

What to Know When Your Teen Spends too Much Time on Social Media

Friendship & Social Media

MLK's Challenge to Social Scientists in America

10 Resources for Better Living

Tips to Improve Focus

Can Children Better Their Parents?

Why Teens Need More Sleep

US Youth Are in Mental Health Crisis

The Connection Between TikTok and Mental Health

What is Intergenerational Trauma and How to Heal From It

Support for BLM Stays Stable

Empowering Communities to Prevent Violence

The School Shooting Generation Grows Up

Children's Mental Health is in Crisis

Keeping Youth Engaged in School

School Wide Interventions That Increases Inclusion in Exclusionary School Discipline

10 Mental Health Myths Debunked

December 2021:

Collective Trauma & Public Outburst Due to COVID-19

How to Help Children Learn Forgiveness

Guidelines to Using Inclusive Language

What's Sleep Got to Do with It?

Youth Mental Health Reports and Publications (Surgeon General)

A Simple Way to Feel More Connected to Others

7 Types of Friends, and Which is Most Essential for Our Happiness

10 Ways People are too Hard on Themselves

The Neuroscience of Insatiable Eating

3 Proven Models for the Pursuit of Happiness

A New Way of Treating Anxiety, Depression, & Trauma

5 Questions Emotionally Intelligent People Don't Ask

The High Cost of Male Loneliness

6 Signs You Might be an Anxious Person

How Adverse Childhood Experiences Affect Emotional Intelligence

10 Ways That Boundaries Can Improve Your Life

18 Things to Do When You're Feeling Lonely

Holiday Stress Resource Center

'Tis the Season to Feel Stress and Sadness

Awe Might be Our Most Undervalued Emotion

How Can We Minimize Social Media's Harmful Effects

Digital Detox: Do You Need a Break from Social Media

Expanding Mental Health Care is a Medical Necessity

State Legislators Championing Mental Health

Surgeon General Warns of Emerging Youth Mental Health Crisis

Training Teaches Teens to Turn Social Media Negatives in to Positives

Surgeon General Advisory Raises Alarm on Youth Mental Health

Thriving in Adolescence with Meaningful Relationships

Becoming Another Person Through Cosplay

Using Neurofeedback as a Means of Treating Feelings in Self-Blame & Depression

November 2021:

When Healthy Eating Turns Unhealthy

Discrimination Could Lead to Higher Risk of Mental & Behavior Issues for Young People

5 Lessons From the Science of Kindness

4 Rules to Getting Better Sleep

How Introverts Can Manage Loneliness

Is There a "Healthy" Personality?

5 Questions to Calm an Anxious Mind

The Benefits of Letting Yourself be Vulnerable

Surprising Benefits of Being Yourself

The Power of Saying No

To Overcome Depression Think About Flexibility

3 Misconceptions About Empathetic People

10 Stressful Thinking Patterns, and How to Reverse Them

How Beautiful Things Make Our Lives Better

The Psychology of Hope

20 Signs Therapy Could be Right for You

Why Some Moments Are Really Beyond Words

What's Great About Good Enough

Eating Disorder Hospitalizations Doubled During Pandemic

How Historical Trauma Impactive Indigenous People Today

Study Shows Higher Heart Risk Disease During Pandemic Due to Depression, Anxiety

Hope for New Treatment of Depression

Exposure to Air Pollutants Maybe Risk to Depression in Healthy Individuals

10 Steps to Help Your Child Prevent and Address Cyberbullying

Suicide Rates Fell During COVID, But Increased Among Young People and People of Color

How To Calm Nervous Children About Shots

Why You Think Your Friends Are Mad At You, Even Though They are Not

Embracing Social Changes

Stress Relief is Within Reach

How To Talk About Shots With Kids

Tips to Help Your Child Manage Scary News

2,000-year-old Neuroscience Backed Hack

Climate Anxiety

Everyone is Thinking About You

College Students Stress Levels Are Bubbling

Urgent Need to Address Mental Health Effects Climate Change

10 Tips for Dealing with Stress

Pandemic Stress Makes Basic Decision Making Difficult

The Science of Uncertainty

Coping Kit for Another Winter Pandemic

APA: Stress in America

How to Confront COVID-19's Toll on Kids' Mental Health

White Flight May Still Enforce Segregation

The Impact of Parental Burnout

Why Stressed-out Kids Need Mental Health Days

When You're Loved One Won't Talk About Their Mental Health

When Taking Care of Someone is Too Stressful

Taking of Care Someone When You Have a Mental Illness

Mental Health and Being a New Father

Mental Health and Being a Single Parent

Introversion vs. Social Anxiety

Mental Health Problems Have Become America's Shadow Epidemic

Stress: Coping with Everyday Problems

Challenges to Prevent Suicide Among Service Members, Veterans, & Their Families

Building Community Resilience

Resources for Families Coping with Mental & Substance Use Disorders

Coping Tips for Traumatic Events and Disasters

Transitioning to Early Adulthood

7 Generations (Suicide Prevention)

Celebrating National Disability Employment Awareness Month

October 2021:

How Teachers & Parents Can Support Students' Mental Health

Social Media Affects Influencers' Mental Health

How to be an Ally for the Transgender Community

The Importance of Finding a Good Therapist & Why It Can Be Hard

Brain Activity Patterns After Trauma May Predict Long-Term Mental Health

A Milestone Reached in Mapping the Brain

It's Time to Shatter the Myths About Suicide and Children of Color

NFL Pro Football Player Talks Mental Health

Preparing for Another COVID-19 Winter

Can Mindfulness Improve Your Memory?

The Social Costs of Seeking Solitude

5 Ways to Trick Your Mind and Get Better Sleep

Why Certain People Constantly Put Others on the Spot

In Seasons of Change, Treat Mental Health with Purpose

Can Stress Predict Decreases in Social Interaction

For Students of Color, Unfairly Harsh Discipline Can Lower Grades

How to be Less Fearful of the Dark & Get a Good Nights Sleep

September 2021:

Intervening Before 18 Months May Reduce Odds of Autism Diagnosis

Mental Health Takes a Toll on Incarcerated and Their Families

Mental Health & the Connection to Global Warming

Can Mental Illness Be Prevented

American Psychiatric Association's Suicide Prevention Guide

Report: Facebook Knew Instagram Could Have Negative Health Impacts on Teens

Youth Vaping, Mental Health, and the Importance of Quitting

Insurance Should Fully Cover Mental Health Treatment

For Transgender Youth, Stigma is Just One Barrier to Healthcare

Whether in Person or Virtual, Schools Can Focus on Mental Health

7 Ways to Support You and Your Family's Mental Health When Returning to Work

Why We May Have More Intrusive Memories

Why Leisure Isn't a Waste of Time

Why the Tone of Your Voice Makes a Difference

8 Ways to Entertain Your Brain

5 Questions to Ask When Difficult Emotions Arise

How Much Exercise Do You Really Need?

How Eye Contact Can Drive or Derail Conversations

13 Self-Compassionate Phrases

7 Keys to True Success

Why It Helps to Put Your Feelings in to Words

5 Signs You Need More Sleep

13 Real Benefits of Yoga

5 Signs You're in Need of Self-Compassion

The Key to Overcoming Loneliness

Are Pets as Good for Us as We Think?

When Dark Personalities Demand Attention

How Friends Influence Teens' Drug & Alcohol Use

8 Ways People Avoid Their Emotions

3 Crucial Discoveries About Purpose in Life

What to Do When Positive Affirmations Don't Work

Helping Kids Manage Climate Change-related Anxiety

Effective Strategies for Teens to Manage Social Anxiety

Getting Beyond Small Talk

Best & Worst Ways to Handle Anger

What if Your iPhone Tracked Your Mood?

Decision Fatigue?

Congress Should Increase Child & Adolescent Mental Health Care

Camps for Kids Traumatized by Natural Disasters Offers Space for Healing

Helping Your Children Build Resilience to Substance Use

Resources for Families Coping with Mental & Substance Use Disorders

Trauma and Disaster Mental Health Resources

How Schools are Addressing Students' Mental Health Needs Due to COVID-19 Trauma

Shareable Resources on Suicide Prevention

6 Ways to Improve Your Sleep

What Self-Compassion Really Means

Who Will Listen to You?

7 Steps to a Happier Life

Most Teens Who Use E-Cigarettes Have Tried to Quit

Gen Z Confronts Mental Health & Racism

What I Learned About My Child After a Year of Virtual Learning/Working From Home

Protecting Kids From Hopelessness

How to Change Your Social Media Habits to Improve Mental Health

Capturing the Benefits of Remote Learning

Open the Door to More Positive Relations

Ways to Prevent Suicide

August 2021:

Why Teens Are Advocating for Mental Health Days Off School

Pandemic Intensifies Growing Mental Health Crisis Amongst Teens

Protecting Our Kids Against Hopelessness

The Case for Kindness

5 Ways Ways to Develop Self Love

Understanding Your Emotional 'Style'

Back to School: Here's How You Can Help

Back to School: SEL School Environment

Physical Activity Restores Neuroplasticity and Reduce Depressive Symptoms

4 Ways Sleep Rapidly Improves Brain Function

7 Coping Skills When Life Gets 'Tough'

Participating in Social Groups to Manage Depression

Simone Biles on Mental Health Advocacy After the Olympics

Quick Ways to Manage Stress: Body Scan

Identifying Signs of Stress in Your Children & Teens

The Mental Health Impact on Anti-Asian Racism

What You Should Know About Grief After COVID-19 Deaths

Survivors of Trauma Struggle to Move on From the Loss of Loved Ones

10 Tips for Dealing with Uncertainty

How Online Therapists Can Help

Why I Need to Hide From My Kids: Parents Alone Time

Quick Ways to Manage Stress: Relax Yourself

Help for Kids with ADHD for Back-to-school and Throughout the Year

Mindfulness Meditation: A Research Proven Way to Reduce Stress

Quick Ways to Manage Your Stress

July 2021:

Can School Wide Social and Emotional Learning Reduce Cyberbullying

CDC Turns to APA for Psychological Science Addressing COVID-19 Priorities

Getting Back to Basics: Help for Those Experiencing New Anxiety Over the Rise of the Delta Variant

Take a Mental Health Day

How to Support Someone Going Through a Mentally Tough Time

How to Build a Child's-Self Esteem

How to Help Children & Teens Manage Their Stress

Better Ways to Combat Anxiety in Youth

4 Tips to Ease the Transition to Preschool

Creativity may be Key to Healthy Aging

No Shame in Mental Health Breaks

Challenges of Young People with Bipolar Disorder

A Global Network for Health Equity

12 Ways to Address Phone Addiction