Student Assistance Program (SAP)
Every day, students are increasingly confronted with a variety of challenges which interfere with the ability to succeed in school. To deal with these challenges, Middle School students need to develop self-esteem and coping skills. Emotional factors such as depression and the use of drugs and alcohol can create barriers to the process of success in school.
The Radnor Township School District recognizes that such barriers impede student success in school, and it has developed a program for identifying students who are experiencing difficulty and provides them with resources to help overcome these challenges. One part of this commitment is the RMS Student Assistance Program (RMS SAP).
The goals of the RMS SAP team are to:
- Confidentially identify students who are experiencing barriers that impede their ability to succeed in school. These barriers include, but are not limited to, low self-esteem, lack of coping skills, depression, or the use and abuse of controlled substances;
- Intervene when appropriate, either by personal contact or by support groups, and
- Refer these students for appropriate help within or outside of RMS and monitor their progress towards a healthier and safer lifestyle.
RMS SAP is not a treatment program. It seeks to help or refer students who exhibit forms of behavior that impede their ability to succeed in school. It also provides for intervention by making referrals to appropriate agencies.
RMS SAP Team
Feel free to contact any team member if you have concerns about an RMS student.
Dr. Lisa Marie Boschi – Psychologist
Dr. Christine Bryan (Main Office) – Assistant Principal
Mr. Clyde Diehl (School Counseling) – Counselor
Ms. Ceire Evans – Social Worker
Mrs. Jennifer Fritz (Room 220) – Teacher
Ms. Nadine Karel (Caron Foundation) – Liaison
Dr. Douglas Kent (Main Office) – Assistant Principal
Mrs. Amanda Lewis (Room 144) – Teacher
Mrs. Andrea McMenamin (Room 408) – Teacher
Mrs. Jennifer O’Shea (Merakey) – Liaison
Ms. Megan Dean (School Counseling) – Counselor
Mrs. Karen Shoulberg (Room 408) – Teacher
Mrs. Jamie McAndrew (School Counseling) – Counselor
Dr. David Wiedlich (Main Office) - Principal
Ms. Olga Zografakis (Room 200) - Teacher
- Any noticeable behavior change that seems out of character
- Blaming others
- Bullying or victim of bullying
- Change in friends, particularly to a known risk-taking crowd
- Changes in eating habits
- Decreased academic performance; drop in grades
- Fighting, outbursts of anger
- Frequently talks about weight
- Giving away personal possessions
- Loss of initiative, motivation
- Neglect of personal appearance
- Nervousness; overly anxious
- Ongoing sadness
- Pessimistic about self
- Preoccupation with violence or death
- Talks about family concerns
- Talks about running away
- Withdrawn; isolation
Once a referral is made, the RMS SAP team will discuss the referral and contact the parent if deemed an RMS SAP case. Specific information in school will then be gathered from all school staff that have contact with the referred student. Together, parents/guardians and the RMS SAP team will develop an appropriate course of action to help the student achieve success in school. This can include both school and community resources.