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

#BullyingPreventionMonth: Parents, school staff, and other adults in the community can help kids prevent bullying by talking about it, building a safe school environment, and creating a community-wide bullying prevention strategy Learn more at: https://www.stopbullying.gov/

It's also #HispanicHeritageMonth! Let's celebrate the culture, achievements, and contributions of the LatinX community.


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


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