• Welcome to School Social Work at Hillcrest Elementary School
    The school social worker provides services designed to connect students and their families with appropriate community resources.  Assistance is provided to students, parents and staff members to address the various problems that may interfere with student success in the educational environment.  Assistance with school attendance problems, social/emotional challenges, bullying prevention (http://www.p12.nysed.gov/dignityact), and student conduct (www.pbis.org) are all important initiatives.
    "Fast Facts" about School Social Work Services
    Q.  What are school social work services?
    A.  School social work services are supportive in nature and are available to the entire student population.  The school social worker provides a variety of unique, professional services to students, families and the school community.  The goal of the school social worker is to provide every student with the opportunity to develop his or her maximum potential.
    Q.  Who is the school social worker at Hillcrest Elementary School?
    A.  Ana Bueno-DeLeon, LMSW.  All school social workers in the Peekskill City School District have a Master's Degree in Social Work, as well as School Social Work Certification under the New York State Department of Education.  Ms. Bueno is fluent in Spanish, available full time during school hours, and can be reached at (914) 739-2284, x249.
    Q.  What are the services performed by the school social worker?
    A.  Services include the following:
    -Provision of supportive counseling and linkage to appropriate community, medical, mental health and/or social welfare services for students and families.
    -Consultation with classroom teachers, administrators and others to provide insight regarding student behavior and needs.
    -Teaching social/emotional curriculum to individuals, groups and classrooms utilizing Second Step.
    -Completion of comprehensive social histories for students being evaluated for possible special education services.
    -Provision of counseling to students whose Individualized Educational Plans mandate such services.
    -Coordination of school-wide Positive Behavioral Intervention in Schools Program (www.pbis.org).
    -Oversight and implementation of the Dignity for all Students Act (http://www.p12.ny.nysed.gov/dignityact).
    -Participation in the building's Instructional Support Team to assist students experiencing attendance, academic, social, emotional and/or health problems.