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Mrs.Kimberly Gdula  
315.552.5070.ext 7127

What does the Elementary School Social Worker do? 

Serves as a "friendly helper" for all students and works with students on an individual basis and in small group, facilitates classroom guidance and counseling sessions, helps identify student needs, and assists in assessment of students with special needs 

Serves as a member of the Student Intervention Team (SIT), a group of professionals that reviews, develops and helps to implement appropriate interventions for at-risk students 

Consults with parents, teachers, administrators, and community agencies and coordinates referrals to outside agencies

With what types of things can a School Social Worker help? 

The school social worker can provide support services to address a number of issues, including (though certainly not limited to) the following:
Anger Management
Behavior Modification
Conflict Resolution
Coping Skills
Divorce/Changing Families 
Friendship Skills
Grief and Loss
Social Skills
Stress Management

Mrs. Gdula can be reached at Rockwell Elementary School, Monday through Friday, at 552-5070, extension 7127.

1:1 school based counseling 

is provided to students on various issues such as: improving self-esteem, anger management, social skills, behavior problems, divorce and family issues.  A 1:1 counseling recommendation is made by a teacher or parent with parent permission.

Small group and classroom social skills groups 

are offered to classroom teachers typically for 30 minutes once a week for part of the school year to target a classroom need.  The group's curriculum would focus on topics such as building children's self esteem, self control, respect for others, friendship skills, and a sense of responsibility for one's own actions.

Great Beginnings 

is a Kindergarten orientation program that not only familiarizes children with physical space, rules and routines of school, but also offers children the opportunity to develop the life, character, and social skills needed to succeed.  The program runs  weekly September-December.

Changing Families 

is a support group not only for children of separated and divorced families.  This group also serves the needs of children with significant changes in the home such as the incarceration of a parent or a major change in family relationships.
If you are interested in having your child participate in a specific program, or if you would like more information, please contact the Rockwell Elementary school social worker, Kimberly Gdula, at 552-5070, extension 7127.

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Rob Price, Superintendent of Schools
4466 South Onondaga Road | Nedrow, NY 13120
Phone 315.552.5000