Student Support Team (SST)

Student Support Team (SST) & Committee on Special Education (CSE)  -  City Honors Room 107

The SST promotes school improvement by focusing on academic, behavioral, and social-emotional development through the implementation of multi-tiered level of supports and interventions. Based on students’ response to interventions and needs, the Committee on Special Education (CSE) may recommend special education services.

These team members include a Chairperson, School Psychologist, and School Social Worker.

CSE/504 ChairpersonKristan Mackiewicz 716-816-3908

The Chairperson’s role is to oversee all Committee on Special Education (CSE) processes, ensure compliance of all Individualized Education Programs (IEP) and Section 504 Plans with state and federal special education regulations. The chair develops and writes IEPs and 504 plans, as well as verifies that student response to interventions are documented by staff prior to a referral. 

School Psychologist:  Maria Van Remmen 716-816-4249

The School Psychologist’s role is to assess and evaluate students’ psychological, educational, behavioral, adaptive, and social/emotional functioning, conducts functional behavior assessments and develops behavior intervention (BIP) plans, and assists in the development of IEPs. The School Psychologist also provides psychological counseling services and assists with SST development and implementation of intervention programs.

School Social Worker: Julie Vinkle 716-816-4230 x1107

The School Social Worker collaborates with parents to gather information relating to a students’ family and social history, conducts individual and group counseling as indicated on a student’s Individualized Education Plan (IEP), provides deescalation strategies and emotional support for students in crisis. The School Social Worker also coordinates the Social Academic Instructional Groups (SAIG).

Parent Forms & Intervention Information

Release of Information

SAIG Check-In & Check-Out

Request for Assistance

Mental Health Resources for Parents




Eating Disorders

Social Emotional Development Ages 10-12

Social Emotional Development Ages 12-15

Social Emotional Development Ages 15-18

Service Coordination for Students with Disabilities

Service Coordinator

Front Door

BPS Gender Identity Policy

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