School counseling, psychological and health services are available for every student in the middle school and are accessed directly through the nurse or guidance counselor.
The Middle School Pupil Services Department addresses the areas of special education for students who qualify for services under the 504 Civil Rights Act. Services may be provided in the areas of: psychology, speech and language, health, occupational therapy, physical therapy, and/or academics. With the exception of health, psychology, and guidance, the above list of services is accessed through the special education process. In most cases, the student has been identified at an earlier age with intervention beginning prior to middle school. However, at times, specific concerns may arise during the middle school years. A parent should work through the guidance counselor, in order to access services that a student may require. This counselor will assist the parent throughout the identification process.
Special Education services are provided through the IEP (Individual Education Plan) process. Parents are vital members of the Planning and Placement Team (PPT), which includes an administrator, regular and special education teachers, and appropriate guidance personnel. Additionally, students may be identified with needs through Section 504. Working collaboratively, the appropriate team develops a program for the student to perform successfully at WMS.
Programs vary according to individual needs and may consist of: collaborative classes with regular and special education teachers, support via a strategies class, direct instruction in a major academic subject or a combination of the above.