School social workers Pamela Hampton and Traci Lindsay Luper represent FCPS on the Fairfax County Interdisciplinary Team (IDT). The IDT is a Fairfax County interagency team established by Section 16.1-278.5 of the Code of Virginia to review and make recommendations on youth adjudicated to be Children In Need of Supervision (truants and runaways), prior to the Court making a final disposition. Members of the IDT include mental health, public schools, alcohol and drug services, Court Services staff and the Department of Family Services. Due to the interagency collaborative approach and early intervention strategies, the team is able to address a multitude of problems faced by the youth and families.
Michelle McPhatter, Probation Officer III, Special Placements and IDT Coordinator, highlights Ms. Hampton and Ms. Lindsay Luper’s clinical and collaboration skills as they, “readily gather the information on the youth that is requested and more often have their reports completed earlier than any other team member. They both are excellent examples of what TEAM actually stands for - Together Each Accomplishes More.” Ms. McPhatter acknowledges that she, “appreciates all that they do, and knows it is not easy to take a block of time out of our busy schedules each week to attend these staffings.”
Ms. Hampton and Ms. Lindsay Luper are excellent examples of one of the many ways school social workers support Fairfax County youth and our community agency partners. The Social Work Office recognizes these two outstanding school social workers who go above and beyond their regular duties on a regular basis!
Denise Marcone is a first year school social worker who is assigned to Stone Middle School and Deer Park Elementary School. Ms. Marcone was recently awarded the professional excellence award at Stone Middle School for her work with students, faculty members and families. She works to meet the needs of her schools through a variety of modalities from counseling to faculty presentations to responding to family resource needs. She has developed a food back pack program at her elementary school and collaborated with her parent liaison and director of student services at Stone to develop a family resource center. Ms. Carson, principal at Deer Park Elementary School, noted that Ms. Marcone wears many hats. She is viewed as positive and focused on team collaboration to problem solve how to best support students. “In just one short year, she has made our school a better place and become an essential member of our staff.” Congratulations Denise for receiving a professional excellence award at Stone Middle School and for providing exemplary school social work services to your schools!
For many years Marcella Fulmore has been committed to providing opportunities for her students to have life enhancing experiences and successful transition to adulthood.
Marcella has organized and run the Powerful African American Males about Success (PAAMAS) group at Lee High School since 2006. She has offered many supportive activities and experiences to help her students be fully engaged and achieve academic success. These students need to attend school regularly, have passing grades, display good conduct, participate in weekly groups, and mentor African American male students at Springfield Estates Elementary School to maintain membership in PAAMAS. Marcella arranges many enrichment and bonding opportunities for her students. These include an Etiquette Dinner with mentees, team building activities, attendance with mentees at sporting events, fundraisers, as well as alumni and end of year celebrations.
During the past year Marcella has been recognized as the Fairfax County Citizen of Year Award by Omega Psi Phi Fraternity in the fall of 2012 and she was recently named the Outstanding Mentor for Greater Virginia 2012 by the Virginia Mentoring Partnership.
Way to go Marcella! Thank you for everything you do to support your PAAMAS students and the Lee High School community.
Lorrie Appleton has been an FCPS School Social Worker for five years and at Newington Forest ES for three years. When Lorrie first entered the Newington Forest building, the front office staff greeted her with, "Welcome to the Forest!" Lorrie says that Newington Forest is a school whose staff celebrates each others’ successes and works together to ensure each student and family feels like an integral part of the school community. Lorrie was thrilled when Newington Forest recognized her for Social Work Month by congratulating her on their school marquee and website.
Martin Schaller, a board member of the German Orphan Home of the District of Columbia presents Superintendent Jack D. Dale with a $50,000 check. The funds will be used to support the FCPS Office of Social Work Services and Homeless Program as well as White Oaks Elementary School – including medical and dental services, winter coats, school supplies, and other classroom materials. Schaller and the German Orphan Home selected FCPS because of the needs and a desire to give back to a school district that Schaller says “does exceptional work.”
CHADD Article by Fereshteh Shahrokhi
Kudos to Fereshteh for her excellent magazine article on ADHD that was written for CHADD in collaboration with a mother of two children diagnosed with ADHD. They are both members of the Northern Virginia ADHD Partnership. Fereshteh’s part of the article is a response to the mother’s experience. Thank you, Fereshteh, for your representation of FCPS social work on CHADD and for sharing the interesting article!
SSWAA member briefs Senate HELP Committee
School social worker and SSWAA member Fran Lewandoski (Fairfax County, VA Public Schools) gave an excellent portrayal of the services SSWs provide everyday in schools across the country during a briefing for staff of the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee. Read more >
Mary Jo Davis
October 27, 2014