The Pupil Personnel Services (PPS) team at BTMS works with students in grades 5-8. Our student support staff consist of qualified professionals that provide an array of services to support the academic, social, behavioral and emotional needs of the students. They stand ready to intervene to ensure that each child has an equal access to an effective learning environment. Our team collaborates with teaching staff, school administrators and outside agencies to effectively meet the needs of our learners and their families. As per the district’s vision, we are dedicated to enhancing positive communication and strong relationships between home and school; and also ensuring safe, positive schools where every student feels safe and ready to learn.
Our team includes:
Lori Blake (School Nurse)
Sabrina DeCicco-Rizzo (Speech-Language Pathologist)
Emily Donleavy (Speech-Language Pathologist)
Stacie Rivers-Walker (Social Worker)
Donna Smith (School Counselor)
Bianca Sorrells (School Psychologist)
The school psychologist helps teachers, parents, and families use evidence based interventions to support students with school related difficulties and conducts assessments to determine eligibility for special education services.
The school social worker provides individual and group counseling services to those students whose IEP’s require. The social worker is responsible for monitoring and collecting behavioral data and working closely with support staff to develop behavioral intervention plans. The school social worker assists our students and their families in crises situations and provides resources as well as links students and their families to outside supports.
The speech-language pathologist provides intervention services related to language, phonology, articulation, and fluency to students who are mandated for the service according to their IEP. They also conduct evaluations related to speech, language, and phonological awareness.
The school counselor teaches classroom guidance lessons, engages students in individual or small group counseling on an as-needed basis, refers students and/or parents to community resources and agencies, and provides support services for stakeholders during crisis situations.
The school nurse supports student success by providing health care through assessment, intervention, and follow-up for all children within the school setting. They serve as liaisons between school personnel, family, and community healthcare providers to ensure a healthy school environment.