Health and Wellness

Group photo of the members of the Health and Wellness Department at Rutgers Prep

The mission of the Health and Wellness department is to provide RPS students, staff, and parents with health education, programming, and support to make informed decisions regarding their health. Our goal is to empower our community members to make sensible choices and create lifelong habits that promote and encourage well-being.  

Meet the Health and Wellness Team

Sue Marshall Marotto

Sue Marshall Marotto

Titles: Director of Health and Wellness
Sherry Riggi

Sherry Riggi

Titles: Co-Director of College Counseling: Junior Seminar & Senior Seminar, Assistant Director of Health and Wellness
Orli Bander

Orli Bander

Titles: Upper School Student Counselor
Scott Gill

Scott Gill

Titles: Upper School Student Counselor
Christy Owsik

Christy Owsik

Titles: Upper School Health Teacher, Head Coach - Middle School Girls Basketball, Assistant Coach - Middle School Cross Country
Wendy Winograd

Wendy Winograd

Titles: Lower School Student Counselor
Leichena Young

Leichena Young

Titles: Middle and Upper School Student Counselor

Health and Wellness Curriculum

The Health and Wellness courses are designed to teach students the information and skills they need to become knowledgeable in healthy living, maintain and improve their own health, prevent disease, and reduce health-related risk behaviors. Through this curriculum, students will develop self-awareness, communication skills, mental health outlets, and responsible decision-making skills. The students will demonstrate good character and behaviors that promote a safe, fit, and healthy self and community.

Student Counseling

The RPS counseling department provides students and families a place to turn when social and emotional problems interfere with everyday functioning, providing support to nurture the mind, body, and character.
We provide individual services to address social and emotional challenges in all three divisions. Students or families interested in mental health counseling may meet with a counselor by appointment or on a drop-in basis. Counselors, parents, and students meet together to determine the best approach to address a student’s problems.

In the Lower School, counselors focus on social and emotional learning in each class. In the Middle and Upper School, counselors teach classes focused on helping students develop plans to manage stress, improve their relationships, make better use of time, and cope with daily emotional challenges.

Direct Services

  • Psychological counseling
  • Assessments
  • Consultation
  • Crisis Counseling
  • Referrals
  • Social Skills Groups
  • Specific Population/Need focused Groups
  • Wellness Initiatives

Additional Services

  • New Student Meetings 
  • Classroom Observations
  • Faculty Support

The Social Institute

The Social Institute (TSI) provides a social-emotional learning curriculum with the focus on using technology and social media in a positive, influential way. In the same way our faculty teach academic classes, our Upper and Middle School advisory program and counselors teach social-emotional skills through the #WinAtSocial curriculum. This gamified-technology based curriculum allows our students to identify ways to navigate technology while also learning about making connections with others.

Mindfulness

Mindfulness is awareness that arises through paying attention, on purpose, in the present moment, non-judgmentally. As humans, we experience all types of emotions and make all types of mistakes, but we can be kind to ourselves and others, recognize how we can respond rather than react, and manage stress in a healthy way. We are proud to have partnered with Mindful Schools to train faculty to teach mindfulness strategies and techniques in the classroom and throughout campus. In Health and Wellness courses and in the College Counseling Junior and Senior Seminar courses we teach mindfulness practices. 

The Zen Den

The Upper School has a dedicated space called the "Zen Den” where students can “reset” - it is the only technology-free space on campus. Students can practice breathing exercises, relax with friends, play a game of UNO, color, or even spend time with our therapy dog, Fluffernutter.

Health and Wellness Speaker Series

The Health and Wellness speaker series is designed to inspire, motivate and support students, parents and faculty. Whether it is to focus on leadership, mental health or using technology in a safe and positive way, our speakers are leaders in their fields.

Health and Wellness Corner

Each month members of the Health and Wellness department write informative and helpful articles on topics related to the emotional and physical well-being of school-aged children. 

As parents, what I think we often forget is how it felt to be a teenager looking for ways to establish independence and explore our own individuality. As the world continues to become more complicated, we need to understand that adolescents today are faced with different issues than 20 or 30 years ago.

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