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I feel privileged to work at the North Haven Middle School on behalf of students and their families. My role involves both working with students in crisis and those who are just experiencing some difficult or confusing feelings. I work with a range of students from those requiring Special Education to the general education population. Please feel free to contact me anytime with thoughts, ideas or concerns pertaining to your child. I can be reached at 203-239-1683 or by email at


 Role of The School Social Worker

  • Provide crisis intervention, counseling services, support and case management.
  • Build trusting relationships with students, families and school personnel.
  • Maintain the confidentiality of students and families.
  •  Link students and families with school and community resources.
  •  Encourage families to effectively participate in their child's education.
  • Collaborate with all school personnel to assess student's social/emotional/behavioral obstacles to academic success.
  • Help students and families understand school policies, services and programs.
  • Assist teachers and administrators in developing plans to help students with academic and social/emotional/behavioral challenges.
  • Follow up on student issues referred by teachers, administrators or other school personnel.
  • Develop/facilitate/coordinate prevention activities and intervention strategies.


Role of The Family

  • Talk with your child and listen in order to promote communication.
  • See your child as the success you want him/her to be.
  • Take an active role in your child's daily homework assignments.
  • Provide positive feedback to your child about accomplishments.
  • Meet and maintain contact with your child's teachers, principals and staff.
  • Ask questions.
  • Consult with the school social worker and other professionals.
  • Attend school meetings, events, and family/teacher conferences.
  • Know and utilize school and community resources.
  • Be an advocate for your child.

 Updated 8/31/2016



Helpful Links


Department of Children and Families

To make a child abuse or neglect report

Careline: 1-800-842-2288 or click for more information - National Alliance on Mental Illness - Stress release techniques - Self-Advocacy Guide for Middle and High School Students - The Dangers of Texting Private Information - Healthy Bodies Toolkit for Boys and Girls - Sleep and Testing - How One Boy With Autism Became B.F.F.'s With Apple’s Siri



Need a Nutritional Meal,  


 During the summer or on Weekends?


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Check out some Local Food Pantries Located Close to North Haven Public School District that Provides Hot Meals when the School District is closed. Below are addresses and phone numbers for your added convenience.


Local Soup Kitchen North Haven


Community Soup Kitchen


84 Broadway, Hamden, CT 06518 


(203) 624-4594


St Ann's Soup Kitchen


930 Dixwell Ave, Hamden, CT 06514


(203) 562-5700


The Downtown Evening Soup Kitchen


103 Whitney Ave, New Haven, CT 06510


(203) 624-6426


Downtown Evening Soup Kitchen


311 Temple St, New Haven, CT 06511


(203) 772-3400


Community Soup Kitchen 


84 Broadway, New Haven, CT 06511


(203) 624-4594

If you need any help or have any questions you can call directly to each location.


Please feel free to contact us at any time at or 203.239.6415


Best Regards,

Patricia Iraci 

Director of Dining Service

Chartwells School Dining Service




Exercise helps physical, mental health

May is Mental Health Awareness Month y. It's a time to educate ourselves about mental health conditions and how to improve screening, early identification and treatment.

About 1 in 4 people struggle daily with an ongoing mental health condition; we all experience emotional stress. The good news is that we know keeping physically active is the best prescription to improve your own personal mental health and even prevent depression and anxiety.

Exercise helps to relieves stress and anxiety

If you are currently physically active, keep it up and encourage family, friends and colleagues to join you. Spring is a great time to get moving. When you are feeling emotional stress, your muscles may be tense, especially in your face, neck and shoulders, leaving you with back or neck pain, or painful headaches. You may also experience problems such as insomnia, heartburn and stomachache. Exercising is an effective way to break this cycle. Physical activity helps to relax the muscles and relieve tension in the mind and body. I recommend taking a yoga class at one of the many studios in the Hudson Valley. I am always amazed at the mind-body connection I feel during and after a yoga session.

Good for your body and great for your mind

Exercise causes natural physiological changes in your body that work to elevate your mood and melt away the stress. Research has shown that exercise releases chemicals in your brain that make you feel good — boosting your self-esteem, helping you concentrate as well as sleep, look and feel better. There are many ways to be active and they can all help to improve your mental health. Taking part in physical activities can also be a great way to meet people.

Enjoy the great outdoors

The Hudson Valley is full of places to explore. Being active outdoors is even more enjoyable since we get to focus on the people we are with and the places we are enjoying rather then just "exercising." Dutchess Tourism has a great list of hiking trails and more to get you motivated and outside:

Help control addiction

The brain releases dopamine, the "reward chemical" in response to any form of pleasure: exercise, sex, drugs, alcohol or food. Exercise can help in addiction recovery. Regular use of alcohol disrupts many body processes, including circadian rhythms, your body's natural inner clock. As a result, alcohol users find they can't fall asleep (or stay asleep) without drinking. Exercise helps to reset the body clock, helping people get to sleep at the right time.

Increase relaxation and sleep better

For some, a moderate workout can be the equivalent of a sleeping pill, even for people with insomnia. Moving around five to six hours before bedtime raises the body's core temperature. When the body temp drops back to normal a few hours later, it signals the body that it's time to sleep.

Get more done and tap into creativity

A heart-pumping gym session can boost creativity for up to two hours afterwards. Next time you need a burst of creative thinking, hit the trails for a long walk or run to refresh the body and the brain at the same time. Leading an active life can help to improve your feelings of self-worth and foster confidence. Taking part in a form of exercise you really enjoy can give you a goal to aim for and a sense of purpose.

Prevent cognitive decline

It's unpleasant, but it's true. As we age, our brains slow down. Growing older is part of life. Regular physical activity has been shown to slow the progressive deterioration of our aging brains. Stay smart and keep your body in motion.

Inspire others

Nobody wants to let another person down. In fact, being part of a team is so powerful that it can actually raise athletes' tolerances for pain. Even fitness beginners can inspire each other to push harder during a sweat session, so find a workout buddy and get moving!

The person I always looked to for guidance on all mental health issues was, and still is, Dr. Kenneth M. Glatt, our Dutchess County Commissioner of Mental Hygiene. Glatt will be retiring this month after faithfully serving our community for 35 years. He has been an inspirational and dedicated leader, advocate and spokesperson. He helped us to understand that mental illness is not isolated to any one individual or group. It can and does affect everyone at some point in life. He encouraged us to be more perceptive, open and trusting of ourselves and each other. He gave us tools to better identify, treat and prevent mental illnesses. His compassion and intellect will be missed. Let's honor his service by toning up our personal mental health. Keeping physically active each day is one way to keep our minds fresh and healthy.

Dr. Michael Caldwell is an Executive Health Consultant and is the former Dutchess County Commissioner of Health. Send comments to Twitter: @healthchief


On the Web

U.S. Department of Health & Human Services:

National Alliance for the Mentally Ill:

Mental Health America:

Mental Health America of Dutchess County:

CDC Benefits of Physical Activity:

Mayo Clinic:

American Psychological Association:

US News & World Report Health:

Harvard Health:



Health benefits from regular exercise

Improved sleep

Better endurance, energy and stamina

Stress relief

mprovement in mood

Weight reduction and a healthy appetite

Reduced cholesterol and improved cardiovascular fitness

Sense of achievement

Focus in life and motivation

Better social life

Having fun