Whole Child Student Support

Social Work and Psychological Services
Mission:  We work to eliminate the school systems and processes that negatively impact our students.
Castro’s Mental Health Team Provides:  Counseling, psychological, and social support services
·         Individual Counseling
·         Group Counseling (mindfulness, grief group, girls group, anti-bullying group, social skills groups, lunch bunch)
·         IEP and Special Education Services
·         Parent Consultation
·         Emergency Response Services
·         Community Services
·         School-wide expectations/accountability
We encourage you, parents and caregivers, to come with your questions and concerns, as well!

Castro parents and caregivers!  We want to support you! Everyone can use a little extra help in these stressful and unknown times.  At Castro, we have a school psychologist, and counselors available to families. Families can discuss and take away some tools for how to navigate the unique challenges for this school year.  Examples of what will be discussed include:

  • Transition: What to expect that you might not be expecting
  • Routing: Helping kids and families re-adjusting to routines and healthy habits
  • Unusual Behavior: Understanding why your kids may be acting different right now, and how to handle it
  • Dealing with the Anxiety (and other feelings) of the unknown: Creating “10% Better” Solution

We encourage you, parents and caregivers, to come with your questions and concerns, as well!

You may contact Danielle_Drish@dpsk12.org Castro’s school Psychologist with questions

MTSS and PBIS – Student Support Services – Monterey Peninsula Unified  School District

Multi-Tiered System of Support (MTSS): A multi-tiered system of support (MTSS) is a way to gather information, provide support and continually check on the progress of students who are struggling in their schoolwork or with their behavior.   The goal is to work with parents and the school to better understand what is getting in the way of a students’ learning and to provide interventions that will help them overcome these challenges.

The committee is made up of teachers, interventionists and support staff who meet with parents to discuss the best way to help struggling students at school.  The committee meets once a week.  Teachers will discuss their concerns about a student before referring them to the MTSS process.  If you would like more information about the MTSS process at Castro please reach out to Pattie Nestorick at patricia_nestorick@dpsk12.