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Unified School District of De Pere

Staff and Pupil Service Programs

What is Pupil Services?

Pupil Services is a cluster of activities, functions and services designed to help each pupil experience success and benefit from school experiences.  Various pupil services programs touch the lives of all children in the school, including those children who are experiencing the normal problems and stress of development.  Services include programming for children with disabilities from age 3 through age 21, programs for English Language Learners,  ATODA services, individual and group counseling, social work, health services, and gifted and talented programming.  Students are provided these services in order to:
  • better understand his/her own uniqueness
  • adjust to the demands of the total environment
  • achieve social and academic competence
  • assume responsibility
  • set goals
  • make meaningful life decisions
The success of a pupil services program is dependent upon a team approach of teachers, pupil services personnel and the school's administrative-supervisory staff.  Essentially, pupil services are provided directly to students or indirectly through teachers, parents, administrators, school programs or activities and community agencies.
Consultation, screening and diagnostic services are available to any parent of a child, ages birth through 21 years, residing in the School District of De Pere.  If there is a concern in the areas of growth and development, achievement, ability or behavior, a parent may feel free to call the Pupil Services Office at 983-2456 to receive help in developing a plan to hopefully correct the concern.

Pupil Services Personnel

  • The Pupil Services Director is responsible for the development, coordination and supervision of special education and pupil services.  Responsibilities include the coordination of programming for children with disabilities from age 3 through age 21.  Other responsibilities include the supervision and coordination of English Language Learners services; ATODA services; school counseling; school social workers; school nursing; school psychologists and other pupil services.
  • The School Counselor works to help students develop more adequate and realistic concepts of themselves-their strengths and needs, likes and preferences.  Counselors help pupils become aware of educational and vocational opportunities available to them.  They help students to plan and make decisions.
  • The School Nurse conducts health screenings, maintains health records and provides health appraisal and emergency care.  The nurse assists in planning and supervising wellness activities, provides small group and classroom instruction, individual health counseling, makes home visits and works with other school staff regarding health education programs, resources and materials.
  • The School Psychologist serves as a consultant, diagnostician, therapist and coordinator regarding the behavioral and educational management of individual children.  The school psychologist has special training to administer and interpret the findings of a variety of individual tests; and participates in the planning and educational management efforts with the staff in regard to special programming for individuals or groups of students.
  • The School Social Worker serves a primary link between the school, a student's home and community agencies.  The social worker coordinates the responses of parents, teachers, students and community agencies in an effort to help students participate more fully and successfully in the total school program.
  • The English Language Learner Coordinator is responsible for the supervision and coordination of services for K-12 students and their families whose primary language is not English.  The ELL Coordinator conducts assessments, does program planning, consultation, and interpreting and translating when necessary.