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Happy May! Hopefully spring will be coming soon J April 30th to May 6th is Screen Free Week! What is that, you ask? It is a week of being UNPLUGGED! Unplugged from electronics, screens, social media, and everything else that is often consuming our time these days. Adults and children alike should participate in this activity. It is definitely more conducive if “families” can participate together. Why would you want to unplug? Unplug to Connect with each other.  Have a conversation with one another. Unplug to Learn. Read a good book or Engage in a Hobby you haven’t thought about recently. Unplug for Health.  Give your brain a break and reduce the amount of screen time. Allow yourself to daydream, explore, relax, or just do nothing! Unplug and Play.  Go outside, Take a Walk, Go to a Playground, Play a Board Game! There are so many benefits of cutting out screen time even if it’s just for a temporary period of time.  You may find that you feel less anxious, you may be able to concentrate better, it may affect your sleep patterns and you may find you are sleeping more soundly.   Maybe, it will allow you some one on one time with someone special that your ordinarily would not get If you were always connected.  If you feel that disconnecting for a week from all screens is too much- then try disconnecting slowly.  Leave the phones off the dinner tables! Go an hour without your phone or Tablet at home.  Don’t use your E-Reader or Tablet for an hour before bed.  Try it! You may be amazed by the results! Children typically thrive when they are talked to, played with, read to, or given time for imaginative and/or creative play. I hope you find this helpful because screen free time is more important than ever! No app, tablet, video game, or computer screen is as interactive as one on one time with a teacher, parent, or peer!      
Posted by jpenree  On Apr 30, 2018 at 11:24 AM
My name is Jeana Cacozza and I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW), employed full time for the Rome City School District at Strough Middle School!  My primary role is to act as a support system for your child within the school setting. I aim to help them balance emotional self-care, physical self-care, and mental self-care while developing strategies that they can use when they are feeling plagued by stress or overcome by overwhelming thoughts.  I work with students on conflict resolution, anger management, empowerment, and bullying reduction through individual counseling and lunch group settings. I can also help to link parents and families to community resources and make referrals for needs that are deemed necessary. I strive to ensure that all students are in their best emotional state to allow them to be happy and healthy young people!  I love working with adolescents and find them to be the most energetic people with contagious young spirits.   I received my Masters in Social Work from SUNY Albany and I am a NYS licensed clinical social worker.  This is my first year at Rome City School district although I have ten years of experience working with adults, adolescents, and children in a variety of different clinical settings. I am proud to be a Strough Knight…remember we are BRAVE!!  Please contact me at 315-338-5206 or via email at with any questions you may have. My name is Courtney Spatto and I am a Licensed Master’s Social Worker, and I have been the RFA School Social Worker since 2016. Prior to this, I worked at the House of the Good Shepherd (HGS) for 15 years. At HGS, I worked with various youth from birth to age 21 both in foster care and residential placement. My latest work was in an adolescent boy’s residential unit. I knew I wanted to continue working with youth and decided that the school setting would afford me the opportunity to assist students and families by addressing issues before further interventions were needed. I graduated from Utica College with a BA in Psychology and from SUNY Albany School of Social Welfare with an MA in Social Work and soon after took and passed the NYS licensure test. Some of my competencies include individual and family counseling, school counseling, case management, mental health care, and anger management programming. Various eclectic strategies within Solution-focused Therapy, Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Interpersonal Therapy, Psychoanalytic Therapy, and behavioral modification are used in assisting students in meeting their goals.  I am available for a wide range of student concerns including behavioral issues, crisis management, mental health care, anger management, coping skill building, brief grief work, teen pregnancy assistance, housing, and connecting students and families to community resources.  Feel free to contact me at 315-334-7239 or via email at with any questions or concerns.   
Posted by cspatto  On Apr 04, 2018 at 2:18 PM