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Stoughton Area
Community Foundation

Stoughton, WI 53589
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The Stoughton Area Resource Team, Inc. (START) provides a safety net for those in crisis. Recently, a 30-year old single father of two struggled to find work, to pay for daycare for his children and to secure a home; so much time was spent homeless and hopeless.

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Stoughton Area School District

320 North St
Stoughton, WI 53589

Phone: 608-877-5613
Contact Name: Teresa Hermanson
School Social Worker
Organization Profile
Grants Info
District Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports (PBIS) Support - 2015 Amount Funded: $6,200.00
Our goal is to establish a positive school culture, increase academic performance, improve safety and decrease problem behavior. PBIS is effective because it helps students understand exactly what is expected of them, gives teachers a framework for acknowledgement and consequences, and enables administrators to use data to make decisions about discipline. PBIS has made a difference in improving overall school climate in our district, which is proven through data (reductions in negative behavior referrals and incidents and increased student engagement). This year Tier 2 interventions will be added to support students who are in need of more focused supports to achieve the behavior goals on a consistent basis. Some students require additional assistance or incentives to learn the expectations and self-regulation necessary to achieve their identified goals.
The implementation of PBIS is a district-wide initiative to improve student climate and behavior. Each building has trained staff for Tier 1 Universal implementation of the program and Tier 2 selective intervention. This includes developing and educating on a description of expected behaviors throughout various school settings, clear consequences for negative behavior, & 3-5 school wide expectations. Now that these expectations have been set and clearly communicated to students, each building uses a reinforcement system for acknowledging positive behavior. This project will provide each school with age-appropriate incentives for students who meet behavioral expectations. By providing individual, group, and whole-school incentives we hope to draw attention to the positive. We are also now implementing tier 2 interventions, which focus on providing more support to individual students.

SASD School Social Work Services - 2018 Amount Funded: $5,000.00
Last school year (2017-18) 26.5% of our SASD students qualified for free and reduced lunch and approximately 80 students were identified as homeless according to the McKinney Vento definition of homelessness. More families are experiencing greater socio-economic challenges. Eligibility criteria may include financial crisis, prior use of assistance, and ability to access resources from other organizations. We will continue to assess family needs and make referrals to existing community organizations who serve Stoughton.If students are unable to receive assistance, this grant will be used to remove barriers and help them take advantage of SASDs educational opportunities.
Funds will be distributed on an as-needed basis to students and families experiencing barriers to education. Barriers may include physical items such as school supplies, weather and school-appropriate attire, or glasses and hearing aids that are needed to fully engage in classroom activities and/or complete assignments at home. Other barriers may include personal items or transportation to appointments that will ensure students are able to take care of themselves and arrive to school feeling positive and prepared to learn. Lastly, the district wishes to ensure that all students are able to access our programs and field trips regardless of financial circumstance. Distribution data will be kept and tracked by school social workers in order to determine how many of our 3,000+ students receive aid over the course of the 2018-2019 school year.