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Student Services

Steilacoom Historical School District's Student Services department is committed to providing support to families, staff, and students to ensure every student achieves meaningful and challenging learning outcomes. More information on Special Education, Childfind, and Section 504 services can be found at the links on the left. Student Services also oversees school counselors, found in each of our schools and the Home Hospital program.

Executive Director of Student Services - Gudrun Sullivan
Director of Student Services - Tabitha Ellison
Director of Student Supports - Mary Snyder
Student Services Department Specialist - Gretchen Mazikowski

511 Chambers Street
Steilacoom, WA 98388
Phone: (253) 983-2238
Fax: (253) 582-9274 

Updates on Special Education
April 8, 2024

It's wonderful to see our students back from spring break! This part of the school year between spring break and summer always seems to have its own momentum and excitement. Of course, that excitement is often accompanied by heightened stress as students, families, and staff members strive to wrap up the current school year and plan for the next. The National Institutes of Health recognizes April as stress awareness month, as effective stress management is critical for physical and mental health. 

At our last Special Education Family Advisory Committee meeting we discussed ways we can help our kids manage stress, including modeling and encouraging the use of coping strategies, such as deep breathing, visualization, positive self-talk, and exercise. The group also discussed the concept of emotional contagion: when one person's emotional state is taken on by others around them. We learned so much from listening to our parent participants describe their experiences. 

Our next SEFAC meeting will take place on Thursday, April 25th from 6:00-7:30 p.m. in the Professional Development Center located at 511 Chambers St. in Steilacoom. It will be our final listening session for this school year. The listening sessions are a valuable opportunity for Tabitha and me to hear your ideas, concerns, and questions related to special education in our district. We hope to see you all there! 

Gudrun Sullivan
Executive Director of Student Services 
Steilacoom Historical School District No. 1
(253) 983-2238