We are very fortunate to continue our partnership with the YMCA. Our K-4 students participate in physical education classes at the YMCA. All students will attend the YMCA in the afternoon and must come prepared to participate. YMCA program is not optional. Your child must participate in YMCA physical education program, unless there is a valid medical reason, with a Dr.’s excuse. If you need to pick your child up early from the YMCA, please first report to either the Joseph or Zimbrich Campus and obtain an early dismissal pass from the office staff. Students in grades 5-9 participate in physical education classes at our Zimbrich Campus gym. We will continue our Family Picnic tradition. Please save the following dates: Friday, June 15th & 22nd ,2018. Students in grades Kindergarten through 5th will be at the YMCA Camp Northpoint on Friday, June 15th, 2018 and at the YMCA Camp Arrowhead for grades 6-8 on Friday, June 22nd, 2018. This has always been a great way to reward our students for all of their hard work and for parents to spend a fun day with them. We always have a great turnout and lots of activities for the students. We will be sending home reminders and more details as the date gets closer.
Villa of Hope Behavioral Health Program
Villa of Hope Mental Health Outpatient Clinic offers evaluation and treatment for children and teens including individual and family treatment, medication management (psychopharmacology), cognitive-behavioral therapy, as well as psychological testing. They see parents and guardians as partners in care, and use individual, group, family, and recreational therapy as part of the treatment program.
Their goal is to help patients and families understand and manage issues such as PTSD, ADHD, mood disorders, psychotic disorders, substance abuse, and disruptive disorders.
Their team works from a strength-based, trauma focused model to identify and build on each child’s strengths and talents, and not just focus on problems.
Treatment Alternatives/ Focus:
Family Therapy aims to promote understanding and collaboration among family members in order to solve the problems of one or more individuals. Medications are often used in the treatment of mental illnesses such as schizophrenia, depression, bipolar disorder, anxiety disorders, and attention deficit-hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). Often medication is combined with other treatments such as psychotherapy. Patient education is an important component of medication management and is provided by the clinics’ experienced staff. Psychological Assessments and Testing is an important part of our treatment planning. The purpose of these Assessments and Evaluations is to assess one’s level of functioning compared to their peers, to obtain diagnostic clarification to gain treatment recommendations specific to the individual’s needs, offer ongoing consultation to the child’s treatment team, and support for the family.
Partnership with EMHCS
One in five youth live with a mental health condition, but less than half of these individuals receive needed services. Undiagnosed, untreated or inadequately treated mental health conditions can affect a student’s ability to learn, grow and develop (NAMI, 2017).
On November 1, 2016 EMHCS established a partnership with The Villa of Hope- Behavioral Health Program. Since then, a clinician provides on site evaluation and school- base treatment for our students from grades K- 10th. A primary therapist is on site twice a week and currently works with 14 students in addition of 4 active referrals. Last school year (2016-2017) we were able to provide services to 21 students from grades K- 9th.
In addition of clinical services, our students and families can also benefit from case management. These programs can help students and families reduce significant risk for residential or hospitalization in addition to support individual needs. Also provide skills building services and individualized care management. The clinic continues to grow and recently we had conversations about a possible partnership to provide assessment and treatment for youth who struggle with drug or alcohol use. As we continue to expand, we look for opportunities to serve better our students and families by providing resources and education.
ASPIRA Mentoring & Enrichment Program
Ibero’s ASPIRA Mentoring and Enrichment Program offer academic, social-emotional support, and physical wellness to 70 students in grades 7th and 8th. Each student is assigned to a mentor who works to complement the existing school system by helping students identify and work towards goals, communicate frequently with teachers and parents, as well as provide enrichment activities to keep students engaged.
RIT GEAR UP, or Gaining Early Awareness & Readiness for Undergraduate Programs, is an RIT K-12 program designed to provide and support local Rochester school students for the “academic, financial, and social readiness in preparation for post-secondary education.”