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Student and Family Engagement Program


Glenwood High School exists to be an exemplary Illinois high school that fits the needs of all students.  The mission of Glenwood High School ’s Student and Family Engagement Program (SAFE) is to identify at risk students and to intervene or come between whatever is impeding the student’s success and the student.  The U. S. Department of Education defines at risk students as students who are not experiencing success in school.  At risk students tend not to participate in school activities and have a minimal identification with the school.  They have disciplinary and truancy problems that lead to school credit problems.  They exhibit impulsive behaviors, and their peer relationships are problematic.  Family problems, drug addiction, pregnancies and other problems prevent them from participating successfully in school. (U.S. Department of Education, ERIC Digest)   The core team of Glenwood High School’s SAFE is composed of classroom teachers, administrators, counselors, school nurse, resource officer and the SAFE Coordinator.  SAFE team members attend trainings that focus on reducing barriers to learning that affect a student’s social and academic performance, appropriate identification and referral procedures, and awareness of intervention strategies.  SAP team members meet on a weekly basis to discuss referrals and action plans.  


Student Assistance Groups for the fall semester begin in the fall. Groups will meet either on Tuesday or Wednesday each week. The groups are a way for students to connect with other students experiencing the same issues. Some of the groups offered this semester are Positive Growth Communication, Positive Choices, Gay and Straight Alliance, Peer To Peer, and Reimaging Body Image. If you are interested in joining a SAFE Group, please see Ms. Ashley Bowman in Room 22 A in the guidance area. Groups will end for this semester the last week of December.



Ms. Ashley Bowman, SAFE Coordinator, at 483-2424 or abowman@bcsd5.org.



  • Adolescent Depression Information about signs, symptoms, and treatment for adolescent depression. http://aacap.org/cs/root/facts_for_families/the_depressed_child

  • Adolescent Mental Health Services Comprehensive mental health services for adolescents including assessment and treatment of depression, anxiety, ADHD and other issues. Community Mental Health Services

  • Adolescent Self Injury Adolescent self harm includes cutting, picking, and burning. Self harm behaviors are often embarrassing to both the adolescent, parents and family, and friends. Read about the causes, symptoms, and ways to help. http://aacap.org/cs/room/facts_for_families/selfinjury_in_adolescents

  • Adolescent Stress Information about teen stress, coping strategies, and ways to support teens. http://kidshealth.org/teen/your_mind/emotions/stress.html

  • Adolescent Suicide Teen suicide is a leading cause of death among adolescents. Here is information regarding the causes, indicators of suicide, and how loved ones can help. http://www.teensuicide.us/articles3.html

  • Alcohol/Drug Prevention Adolescent alcohol and drug prevention organization. This organization provides leadership training and teen mentoring programs including Operation Snowball, ITI, and related programs and events. Operation Snowball

  • Communicating with Adolescents Talking with your teenager is often challenging. Your child may no longer want to share information about school or their friends. They may argue more and want to have more freedom and independence. Here are some useful tips on keeping communication open during the teen years. Tips on Talking with your Teen

  • Eating Disorders Eating disorders among teens are concerning to parents, friends, and other family members. Anorexia and bulimia cause both physcial and emotional damage. Here is information about the signs, symptoms, and ways to intervene to help those who struggle from an eating disorder. http://teens.webmd.com/understaning-eating-disorders.teens

  • Relationships Information about relationships with others, how to identify healthy relationships, and indicators of unhealthy relationships. http://kidshealth.org/teen/your_mind/emotions/stress.html

  • Adolescent Drug and Alcohol Services Community drug and alcohol services for adolescents and adults. Services include drug and alcohol screening and assessment, inpatient and outpatient treatment, and DUI services.

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