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School District 5
Lengthen Your Stride
Laurie Middle School
Student Services

Student Services in the Time of Covid-19


Student Services is a dedicated team of educators whose purpose is to support the emotional and academic needs of a diverse group of students. This team includes;

Student Services teachers - Mrs. Yvonne Brien (Department Head) and Mrs. Elaine Knudsgaard

Alternate Education teacher - Mr. Nicholas Richards

Counsellors - Mrs. Leah Draper and Mrs. Amy Reid

Aboriginal Education Support Workers - Mrs. Mary Elliott and Mrs. Susie Palmer

Youth Care Worker - Ms. Melissa Young

Educational Assistants - Mrs. Lori Boettger, Mrs. Lesley Cupples, Mrs. Mandy Lunan, Mr. Rick Marasco, Mrs. Arlene Northey, Mrs. Miriam Oler (on leave), and Mrs. Christine Wheeler AND - Mrs. Liz Chaney, Mrs. Darlene Grant, Mrs. Dianne Lowther, and Mrs. Shari Nielsen (temporary teammates).

This school year, student services has had to adjust how student support is delivered. Sadly, our Learning Centre, which had always been available as an alternate (and often quieter) working space and where students could get additional support with learning new concepts, had to be repurposed into a classroom. Where needed and where possible, cohort groups include an EA and a Student Services teacher to support student needs within the classroom setting; working together as a cohort team to deliver effective student support and to facilitate student learning.

Student Services is exactly what the title implies. Our job is to make sure that students are receiving the support, the advocacy, and the services that they need to be successful learners and school citizens.