A Shared Decision-Making Team at Birchwood

Adults left to right: Carmela Posillico, Michelle Murphy, Annie Michaelian, Dr. Eric Hoppa, Krista Legge, Rosanna Meberg, Patricia Wilkinson, Kristen Lopez, and Ian Denson. Students:  Birchwood 5th grader Gregory Borysowski, and 4th grader Pamela Carey.
Adults left to right: Carmela Posillico, Michelle Murphy, Annie Michaelian, Dr. Eric Hoppa, Krista Legge, Rosanna Meberg, Patricia Wilkinson, Kristen Lopez, and Ian Denson. Students: Birchwood 5th grader Gregory Borysowski, and 4th grader Pamela Carey.

At Birchwood School, the mission of the SBM Team is to improve education for all children.  The South Huntington School District’s mission, vision, beliefs, guidelines, and objectives determine what is to be done, and the SBM Team decides how to do it. Members of the team represent the students, teachers, administrators, and non-instructional staff at our school. Each constituency has a predetermined number of representatives and is selected in a predetermined manner.

Individuals who become members of the team observe rules of ethical conduct and are pledged to fulfill their responsibilities and maintain confidentially in the process that is followed. The members of Birchwood’s SBM Team are as follows: students--Pamela Carey and Gregory Borysowski; parents--Michelle Murphy, Carmela Posillico, and Rosanna Meberg; paraprofessional--Jackie Conlo; teachers--Patricia Wilkinson, Kristen Lopez, Ian Denson, and Krista Legge; administrators--Anthony Ciccarelli and Annie Michaelian.  

Our Birchwood SBM Team has just made a special-delivery donation to the Huntington Hospital Emergency pediatric unit. Birchwood students decorated 25 ceiling tiles with an underwater-life theme. The students worked diligently in their art classes to paint the sea creatures and place their thumbprints on each tile. We are proud to send this cheerful SBM donation to Huntington Hospital.

Dr. Eric Hoppa, Associate Director of Pediatric Emergency Medicine at Huntington Hospital stopped into Birchwood to pick up the ceiling tiles. “These tiles are absolutely beautiful and will help cheer up the children who are in the Pediatric Emergency Department,” said Dr. Hoppa. Huntington’s Pediatric ED is a separate 6-bed unit specially designed to be kid friendly. The unit is staffed with pediatric nurses and pediatric physicians and contains all the resources of a regular Emergency Department. “These beautiful and colorful tiles will be able to distract the children having procedures," said Dr. Hoppa.  "They will be able to look up at the ceiling and talk about the fish or seahorse, and the tiles will brighten the area and help make it more kid-friendly.”

If you have any suggestions for the SBM Team, you may contact them at amichaelian@shufsd.org, or you can send in a note to the main office labeled "SBM."