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Greetings Wildcat Parents and Guardians,

I would like to introduce myself; my name is Mrs. Crystal Petit, and I am the School Based Mental Health Provider here at St. Tammany Jr. High.

School Social Workers are trained mental health professionals with a master’s degree in social work who provide services related to students’ and family’s social, emotional, and life adjustment to school and/or society. School Social Workers are the link between the home, school, and community in providing direct as well as indirect services to students, families, and school personnel to promote and support students’ academic and social success.

Throughout the course of this 2022-2023 school year your student will engage in Social Emotional Learning (SEL). This will include Zones of Regulation Curriculum, Suicide Prevention through the Sandy Hook Promise Curriculum, and What’s Your Cyber Status?!, social media etiquette and education.  

Why is Social Emotional Learning (SEL) so important?

Children today are increasingly victims of many social forces that negatively affect their role as students. SEL plays a major role in the daily lives of the student and their families. The Junior High educational years include emotional hormonal change and until it becomes stabilized, children’s unmet physical and emotional needs will continue to interfere with their ability to learn and, ultimately, succeed in life. Your child’s chances to be successful in life, dramatically increases with the implementation of Social Emotional Learning (SEL).

SEL is proven to decrease students display of:

  • Poor attendance
  • Failing grades
  • Effects of family crisis
  • Emotional and behavioral concerns such as fighting, negative attitude toward school, refusal to cooperate with adults, depression, or substance abuse

 I am available to speak with any parent or guardian who may have questions or concerns. Please feel free to contact me at

Best Regards,

Mrs. Crystal Petit, MSW, LMSW

St. Tammany Jr. High School

Mental Health Provider