What is the Student Support Team (SST)?

The Student Support Team at Lewis S. Mills High School in Burlington, CT is a program designed and implemented to identify students that are having difficulties with academics, emotional and/or social problems. Following the identification process is the assistance and on-going support that SST is able to give to these students. The student assistance approach is to promote early identification of students having a difficult time in school and to provide strategies that will help the student to succeed.

Since its inception in 1991, the SST program has been very effective in providing support for referred students. The SST services approximately 55 or more students per year. Also, the Lewis Mills SST has been a role-model for other schools. Connecticut high schools have visited the Lewis Mills SST seeking assistance in setting up their team.

What are specific reasons for referral to the S.S.T.?

  1. Academic performance
  2. Issues related to school attendance/truancy
  3. Consistent behavioral concerns or drastic behavior change
  4. Excessive discipline problems
  5. Ongoing, unresolved health problems
  6. Suspected chemical/alcohol abuse
  7. Stressful home life/changes in family

Who Can Make a Referral?

  • Parents

  • Teachers

  • Students

  • School faculty, staff, administration

Who are S.S.T. Members?

  • Jennifer Otte, Associate Principal
  • Tug Drysdale, Dean of Students
  • Erin Putnam, Counseling Department Coordinator
  • Lucio DeMarco, School Counselor
  • Meridith Silver, School Counselor
  • Joe Trahan, School Counselor 
  • Michelle McCard, School Psychologist
  • Mandie Rueckert, School Psychologist
  • Kathy Wasseluk, School Nurse
  • Renee Turly, Science Department Coordinator
  • Zack Vitali, Social Studies Teacher 

What are Possible Interventions?

Support Groups

  • Grief
  • Academic Achievement
  • Girls' Girls
  • Boys' Group
  • Drug/Alcohol Use
  • Smoking/Vaping
  • Coping Skills/Anger Management
  • Social Skills

Other Interventions

  • Faculty-Student Mentoring

  • Counseling

  • Individualized Support Plans

  • Care and Concern Meetings with parents and teachers

How can I make a referral?

Fill out an S.S.T. referral form, which can be downloaded from this website or obtained in the School Counseling Office at Lewis Mills High School.

The referred student will then be assigned to a case manager, who will gather information and interview the referred student. The data is then shared with the S.S.T. and an assistance plan is developed.

Tier One Academic and Behavioral Interventions 

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