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.
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).
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,
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.
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/
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