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Student Support Services

Contact Info

Welcome to VandenBerge Middle School Student Support Services

Student Support Services Direct Line: 763-241-3445

Caitlin Ferguson

Grade 7

763-241-3400, ext 

caitlin.ferguson@isd728.org

Katie Svihel

Grade 6 Last Names M - Z, Grade 8

Grade 6 - 8 504 Plan Coordinator

763-241-3400, ext 2631

kaitlan.svihel@isd728.org

Krista Brannan 

Grade 6 - Last Names A - L

Grade 6 - 8 Special Education Social Worker 

763-241-3400, ext 2687

krista.ketelsenbrannan@isd728.org

Jennifer Eldredge

Administrative Assistant 

763-241-3400, ext 2630

jennifer.eldredge@isd728.org

The Mission of the VandenBerge counseling department is to educate, inspire and empower our diverse learners, to shape their futures, to accomplish their dreams and to contribute positively to our local and global communities.

The goals for the counseling program are to:

-Provide a comprehensive school counseling program to facilitate students’ academic, social, and emotional development. 

-Help students explore themselves interpersonally and encourage them to identify and explore their interests, talents, abilities and career aspirations.

-Provide students and parents with mental health resources that will assist students in their emotional, mental, and personally growth.

-Provide guidance to parents on how to help support the emotional, personal and academic needs of their children.

-Allow students a safe space to express themselves.

-Assist students with healthy and appropriate decision making and conflict-resolution skills.

The school counselor/social worker can help you with:

-Academic concerns

-Crisis situations

-College and career exploration

-Family changes and struggles

-Friendships

-Grief and loss

-Life transitions

-Middle and High School Transition

-New student support

-Personal struggles

-Self esteem/confidence

-Stress Management

-Support in identifying strengths and learning styles