National School Psychology Awareness Week
National School Psychology Awareness Week is November 13–17, 2017. Adams County/Ohio Valley School District has 3 full time school psychologists and a school psychologist intern for the 2017-2018 school year. What is a school psychologist?
School psychologists provide direct support and interventions to students, consult with teachers, families, and other school-employed mental health professionals (i.e., school counselors, school social workers) to improve support strategies, work with school administrators to improve school-wide practices and policies, and collaborate with community providers to coordinate needed services. They help schools successfully improve academic achievement, promote positive behavior and mental health, and support diverse learners. School psychologists help schools create safe, positive school climates, strengthen family-school partnerships, and improve school-wide assessment and accountability monitor individual student progress.
If you would like more information about the role of a school psychologist in the educational setting, please contact an Adams County/Ohio Valley School Psychologist at (937) 544-5586:
Alissa Collins ext. 21095
Jean Gulley ext. 51280
Mary Kamphaus ext. 21092
Mimi Pierce at
District Leadership Team Participates in Poverty Simulation
The District Leadership Team participated in a poverty simulation facilitated and presented by The Herlihy Group affiliated with the University of Cumberlands. Participants had the opportunity to participate in a three hour simulation while living a month in the life of a family member who lives in poverty. Each family member had to seek assistance from a variety of human resources and services to provide for their family's basic needs during the course of four "15 minute weeks". The purpose of the simulation was to assist stakeholders in having a better understanding of the challenges that students and families, who live in our communities, face everyday. The experience is designed to sensitize participants to the day-to-day realities of life faced by families with low incomes and to also motivate individuals to become more involved in activities and education to help reduce poverty in our country.
Summer Construction Work at ACOVSD