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Student Assistance Team

The Platt Student Assistance Team is made up of a group of professionals from various disciplines within the school as well as representatives from community agencies. The team works together to provide early intervention strategies for students who have been identified as exhibiting at-risk behavior(s) that are having a negative impact on school success. The goal of SAT is to prevent the development and/or escalation of at-risk behaviors by addressing both these behaviors and the underlying concerns and causes.

Referrals may be made to the SAT by school personnel, family members, friends, outside agencies or the students themselves. (Referral forms are located in the guidance office or available in a Google Doc). Behaviors of concern may include changes in behavior, school performance and/or attendance issues. Generally, other strategies have been implemented prior to the SAT referral such as phone calls home, meetings with parents and other teachers, and/or consultation with support staff.

Upon assessment of the student’s needs, the team recommends actions that may include academic modifications or assistance, individual or group counseling, mentoring and/or referrals to a variety of outside agencies. SAT encourages parental input and involvement. The SAT also functions to ensure that state laws and school district policies are being followed during the discussion of each student.

The following team members meet every other week and as needed:

Student Assistance Coordinator
Rob Beale, Special Education Teacher
Margaret Borelli, School Social Worker
Jeff Crosson, Social Studies Teacher
Michelle Dwyer, School Psychologist
Marc Guidone, Director of School Counseling 
Geoffrey Kenyon, Assistant Principal
Tammy Kudla, Community Youth Worker/Youth Services Bureau
Jennifer Melnik, School Counselor
Kristin Mona, School Counselor
Michael Strumski, 9th Grade Transition Specialist
Marisa LaPlante, 9th Grade Transition Specialist
Robert Montemurro, Principal
Peter Civitello, Assistant Principal
Sheena Ojeda, School Counselor
Brian Frederick, School Counselor

Student Assistance Team Teacher Q & A

When should a teacher refer a student to the Student Assistance Team? When grades, behavior, and/or attendance are suffering. Teachers should have interventions in place before the referral.  

For how long should the intervention be put in place?  It depends on the situation.  If there are dramatic changes in the student demeanor, attendance, or behavior a referral should be done.  When in doubt notify guidance, administration or one of the SAT team members above.

When should I attend a SAT meeting? It is very important for the referring teacher to attend the SAT meeting. Also, if you have a student that has been reported you should do your best to be at the meeting.  

How important is it for ALL the student's teachers to fill out the SAT report? All classroom teachers need to fill out this important report. The SAT members need this report for responding appropiately to the referral.  

Can I join the SAT Team?  If you are interested in joining the SAT Team or observing a SAT team meeting, please contact for more information.

If you have any other questions or concerns please contact: 

Need to Make a Referral?