• Kemm Wilson awarded Cap Com's Making a Difference Award for 2021!

    Ms. Wilson was selcted as one of only three Capital Region educators to receive the Cap Com Making a Difference Award. This award honors students and educators who are devoted to helping others. Ms. Wilson received a certificate and an award for herself as well as a donation to be made to the charity of her choice. She chose The Ben Osborn Memorial Fund which helps students in the region who are in need of support.

    Coincidentally and beknownst at the time, Ms. Wilson nominated a wonderful student leader at LGHS, Madeline Gorey, for the student version of this award. Ms. Gorey was selected as one of only six students! 

    Congrats to you both! 

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  • Apps That Can Help!

    Click HERE for a short video reviewing the features of 7 apps that support healthy minds and bodies, encourage healthy sleep & thought habits and can help parents and students manage stress and anxiety to be the best they can be!

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  • NEWS:  MHSTF Featured in MHANYS Newsletter! 
    Healthy Young Minds, the newsletter published by the Mental Health Association of New York State has featured our very own Mental Health Student Task Force initiative as an example of the power of student advocacy.  Please see pages 7 & 8: Student Mental Health Task Force at Lake George Central School District Q & A with Kemm Wilson, Director of Student Support Services and Club Advisor

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Student Support Services

  • Safety • Connectedness • Efficacy • Calm • Hope 

    The principles of safety, connectedness, efficacy, calm and hope are foundations from which environments that support well-being are built. These principles guide my role in all I do as Director of Student Support Services. 

    Supporting children is the highest priority at Lake George Central School. We have several systems in place for various student needs that are persistent and those that are occurring as a result of the pandemic. Our shared goal is to be proactive and preventative by working in teams to collaboratively problem solve in ways that support students’ academic and social emotional well-being before they become problematic.

    What does the Director of Student Support Services do?

    Here are some of the groups and projects I am privileged to facilitate:

    • Child Study Team: This is a proactive problem-solving team that addresses pervasive chronic and acute social emotional and mental health needs of students. 
    • Response to Intervention Team (7-12): This group works collaboratively to design interventions for students when they are struggling with the demands of the classroom. In addition to academic intervention supports, this team also works to design interventions that remove barriers to student success. These barriers often include those associated with social emotional learning, executive functioning, mental health, chronic absenteeism, disruptive behaviors and more. Progress is monitored to determine if the interventions are successful. 
    • Wellness Team: This team is designed to support the wellness of both the student and staff populations. Physical and emotional well-being go hand in hand. Therefore, this team focuses on physical health, social emotional and mental health and mindfulness. This team also developed the OASIS room for students.
    • OASIS: OASIS stands for Opportunities in Alternative Settings In School. This is a specially designed room, staffed by a TA and volunteer teachers, that mimics the home environment.  OASIS is equipped with ambient lighting, comfortable seating including a couch, bean bags, yoga balls, etc., matts for yoga and mindful activities, separate quiet work stations, weighted blankets, essential oil diffuser and white noise machine. It is intended to provide a space for students to relax, regulate, engage in mindful activities, get academic support upon re-entry from extended absences and connect with staff and each other on a more personal basis. These offerings allow students to be more prepared to be successful in the regular classroom setting.
    • Mental Health Student Task Force: This is a student led group whose goal is to empower students to educate themselves and others in order to create a culture of mutual support and empathy and to eliminate the stigma associated with mental health. We work to normalize mental health concerns by prioritizing awareness, education, open discussion, relationship building and social emotional learning. 

    In addition to these groups, I also provide professional development to staff and fill the following roles:

    • Title IX Coordinator (7-12)
    • Chronic Absenteeism Care Coordinator 
      • How does mental health impact school attendance? Are unexcused absenses the result of behavior issues? Did you know...students aged 5-16 with anxiety and/or depression have 11 times the rate of unauthorized absenses compared to their peers with no psychiatric disorders?
        • "Findings suggest that parents, clinicians and school staff should be aware that high rates of school absence, whether authorised or unauthorised, may be a sign of underlying emotional ill health, requiring assessment and, if necessary, intervention or referral to more specialist services. Importantly, health and education professionals should not assume that unauthorised absence is necessarily a signifier of behavioural difficulties, but may also indicate that a young person is experiencing anxiety and/or depression" (Finning, K., Ford, T., Moore, D.A. et al. Emotional disorder and absence from school: findings from the 2004 British Child and Adolescent Mental Health Survey. Eur Child Adolesc Psychiatry 29, 187–198 (2020). https://doi.org/10.1007/s00787-019-01342-4).
    • English as a New Language (ENL) Coordinator
    • McKinney-Vento Liaison (Homeless youth)

    In support of these roles, please visit The National Center for Safe Supportive Learning Environments to learn more.

      

    At this time, I also help coordinate the distribution of meals to students enrolled in our district who are remote learners. 

    As parents and community members, I want you to know that the social emotional well-being and academic success of our students is my top priority and I work diligently to establish and refine systems that meet the needs of our school community and support & nurture the whole child. I welcome your questions, comments and feedback at any time! My door is always open!

Kemm Wilson
  • Kemm Wilson

    K-12 Director of Student Support Services

    ELL Coordinator

    Homeless Liaison

    518-668-5452 x1216

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