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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
Student Services Department Specialist  Amber Trull

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


Updates on Special Education

March 1, 2023

This month's SEL focus is on belonging. Your student's IEP team works together to develop and implement an IEP that ensures your student has appropriate access to general education and is able to attain educational benefit from their program. The concept of belonging requires more than special education services; it requires students, families, and educators to focus on who the student is as a person, beyond their disability, and to believe that they can achieve alongside their nondisabled peers. 

The terms diversity, inclusion, and belonging are often used together but have different meanings when implemented in the school environment.

Diversity is a fact. People are different and have different strengths and needs.

Inclusion is an act. Educators need to take action to redesign systems and structures to ensure that all students are included.

Belonging is an emotional outcome. It includes feelings of interconnectedness, understanding, and respect. Students with a strong sense of belonging know that they matter and contribute to their school community. A student's sense of belonging impacts their mental health and school achievement. 

As you are the ultimate expert on who your student is as a person, your input in IEP team meetings is vital. Together we can build systems and structures that provide all students with the opportunity to belong and contribute their strengths. 

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