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Mr. Waters - Wellness Coordinator

Wellness Center (Lunch)

The Wellness Center is a safe place for students to play board games, computer games and do art projects during lunch.


Tutoring in the Wellness Center – Monday, Wednesday & Thursday

Wellness Center staff will be helping students of all grades with homework from 3:30-4:30.


Wellness Center

Programs and Partnerships

Student Assistance Program (SAP)

VVMS support staff meets weekly by grade level to discuss students of concern and develop action plans with interventions and supports designed to help students academically and behaviorally. 

Student Support Team Meetings (SST)

Facilitate meetings with students, teachers and families building on strengths and implementing interventions and supports for students in areas of concern.  

504 Coordinator

504 plans can be created for students who have medical disabilities that do not qualify for Special Education. 

Families and Youth in Transition Program (FYIT)

Coordinate services with SFUSD’s FYIT Program which provides resources for students who are homeless, live in shelters, SROs or live with multiple family members. Student’s receive monthly bus passes, dress code clothing, tutors, backpacks and school supplies.

Foster Youth Liaison (FYS)

Collaborate with SFUSD’s Foster Youth Services Program and Human Service Agency of San Francisco to provide services and resources for foster youth. These students are eligible for individual tutoring.

Mentor for Success Program

Match students with caring adult mentors in the school to build positive caring relationships. Students meet with their mentor once a week for an hour to build a relationship with an adult a school.  Research shows that this improves student attendance, academics and behavior. 

Individual Therapy – Bay View Hunter’s Point Foundation

On-site therapy services are provided by two therapists from Bay View Hunters Point Foundation.  Southeast Child/Family Therapy Center has verbally agreed to provide a Spanish speaking therapist but the details are still being worked out. 

Behavior, Drug and Alcohol Counseling – Bay View Hunter’s Point Foundation

Drug and alcohol counselors through BHPF will meet with students with substance abuse issues individually.  They also work with students with behavior problems.   

7th & 8th Grade Girls Group- Bay View Hunter’s Point Foundation

The group is led by Julia Barbosa from Bay View.  The girls talk about social skills, puberty, drugs and alcohol and a variety of other topics.    

6th Grade Boys Group – Bay View Hunter’s Point Foundation

This group will be led by Marcus Justice from Bay View.  The boys will talk about the transition into middle school, study skills, social skills and drugs and alcohol. 

Individual Counseling/Family Case Management – Visitacion Valley Family Services (VVMS)

On-site counseling services are provided by Visitacion Valley Family Services.  Family case management services are provided by VVFS off site. 

Community Violence Trauma Group - Southeast Child/Family Therapy Center

Trauma group led by Shakira DeAbreu. 

Pacific Islander & Co. Group – Samoan Community and Development Center

Tino Felise will lead a lunch group on Wednesdays that teaches students Samoan/Pacific Islander culture/values and relate it to everyday life.     

Suicide Prevention/Child Crisis

Please refer students who might be in danger of committing suicide or self-harm.  Counseling, contracting and child crisis can mitigate student risks. 

Child Protective Services

Work with CPS social workers who are investigating suspected child abuse or neglect.  Provide support to the student being interviewed, answer questions, provide school data and make reports as a mandated reporter.

Excel Tutoring- Rock– (Rock/Credentialed teachers)

Work with the Rock afterschool program and Excel Teachers to coordinate tutoring for students with academic problems after school. 

Restorative Practice Circles to Repair Harm/ Conflict Mediations

Students are lead through the restorative practice questions to resolve conflict and repair relationships.  Ms. Burroughs and grade level counselors will also be helping with RP.

LGBTQ Liaison 

Work with SFUSD’s School Health Department to create a safe/inclusive environment for LGBTQ students.  The Wellness Center is a safe zone for students.  LQBTQ group/Gay Straight Alliance will meet after school to talk about related issues.  Mr. Corey and Ms. Miranda will co-facilitate the group once its up and running. 

Blessings in a Backpack

Selected student/families will receive a backpack full of groceries for their families on Fridays.  Ms. Jackson is coordinating the program. 

Community Referrals

Talk to students and their families and address needs by making referrals to community based organizations. 

Wellness Center Lunch Bunch

The Wellness Center is a safe place for students to play board games, computer games and do art projects during lunch.

Programs Coming Soon

Grief and Trauma Group (all grades) – Hospice by the Bay - October

This group is facilitated by Andrea Bass from Hospice by the Bay – Student process trauma and grief through art, memories and stories.

Cognitive Behavior Interventions for Trauma in School (CBITS) – Stress/Trauma Group (6th Grade)

The group is led by Sue Kuyper, Clinical Social Worker at Southeast Child Family Therapy Center. The Cognitive Behavioral Intervention for Trauma in Schools (CBITS) program is a school-based intervention for students who experience acute or chronic trauma. It is designed to reduce symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), depression, and behavioral problems, and to improve functioning, grades and attendance, peer and parent support, and coping skills.