Student Services

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Whitfield Student Services

At Whitfield, we recognize that success is the product of both academic skills and social-emotional skills, the former often dependent in some degree upon the latter.  Through a web of academic and non-cognitive resources, students graduate both academically prepared as well as emotionally prepared for college and beyond.

HEALTH & WELLNESS

To best serve our community we provide health & wellness curriculum that support students, faculty, and parents in the development of a variety of fundamental non-cognitive skills such as emotional intelligence, self-regulation, and empathy.  This curriculum is delivered to our students through our Advisory program, expanded upon in Ninth Grade Foundations, and informally cultivated through all aspects of the Whitfield experience. 

Director of Health and Wellness
Advisory Program
The advisory program is a key structure put into place to ensure that all students are known well and supported academically, socially, and emotionally. The program’s mission-driven objectives are to build trusting relationships, to develop the Habits of Mind & Heart, and to foster collaboration between the advisor, student, and parents/guardians. The program is also an avenue to help students understand their strengths of character and the contributions they can make to their personal growth as well as to their local, national, and global communities.
 
Throughout the year, advisors are in communication with the Administration should there be issues or concerns which need attention. Should academic problems arise in a specific course, parents should first contact the individual teacher. At any time, however, parents are welcome to include their child’s advisor or other school personnel to enhance the quality of communication.
Andrew Asaikainen Classroom
Ninth Grade Foundations
Introduced in the 2018-2019 school year, this required sequence provides 9th graders the opportunity to dig into topics and trends that are immediately relevant and critical for personal growth within and beyond Whitfield classrooms. Special emphasis is placed on the practical application of Habits of Mind & Heart and on the topics and trends best suited for preparing students to become active participants in tomorrow’s communities.
 

Neuroscience & Self focuses on developing the abilities necessary for recognizing and regulating one’s emotions, cognitions, and behaviors. Skills explored include: adolescent brain development and executive function, emotional agility, self-management, and problem solving.

Computer Science & Society focuses on the role today’s culture plays in building tomorrow’s tools and communities. Units emphasize social identities, dialogue, coding, privacy, data structures, and implicit bias. 

Physiological Awareness focuses on topics and trends related to physical development and well-being. Units emphasize nutrition, CPR, healthy relationships, and addiction.

STUDENT SERVICES

In addition to the executive functioning and other support services built into the Whitfield academic program, the below services are available to students and families.

STUDENT ACCOMMODATIONS

We recognize that students capable of being successful in a rigorous college preparatory program may also experience learning challenges that require additional support. The school strives to work with all students, including those with diagnosed learning differences, to provide fair and reasonable opportunities for academic success.

Ginny Fendell, MSW, LCSW

Director of Health & Wellness

Ginny Fendell, MSW, LCSW

Director of Health & Wellness

"I help students cultivate emotional intelligence and develop an authentic sense of self. We use human strengths of character as a common language to help guide discussions and activities related to personal values, goal-setting, relationship skills and responsible decision-making. We want to provide every Whitfield student with ongoing opportunities to discover who they are and what they want to contribute to their group, their community, and the world."

Mead Ploszay, MS, LPC

Director of Teaching & Learning

Mead Ploszay, MS, LPC

Director of Teaching & Learning

"My goal is to help students understand their cognitive and personal strengths while also working to identify resources that allow them to maximize their learning. Learning takes self-regulation, self-advocacy, self-reflection and humility.  All of us at Whitfield are here to support the journey!" 

Anna Warbelow, PhD

Director of Equity & Inclusion

Anna Warbelow, PhD

Director of Equity & Inclusion

"I support students in building self-awareness around their own identities and values and how these impact their experiences in the world. I strive to help students be better prepared to understand, appreciate, and respect other identities, values, and perspectives and communicate and collaborate across differences."

Matt DiGiulio

Director of Technology

Matt DiGiulio

Director of Technology

"Whitfield students have an incredible set of resources and skill-building opportunities at their fingertips, from professional software suites and 3D printers to graphic design projects and coding classes. Our most important assets, though, are the relationships we build; it's my job to help our students and teachers make the connection between skills, resources, and the people we interact with while using both."