Welcome to the Home School Connection page! I am Marijane Hammond and serve as the School Social Worker for the Riverside District on the East and West Campus. I am excited about the opportunity to assist all students and families in our district.
As you may know, a school social worker provides a connection between the home, school and community to overcome problems that may interfere with a student's success in school. I provide a variety of services including parent consultation and support, individual and group student counseling, and crisis intervention. I also work with teachers and administrators to implement effective prevention programs and policies to address issues such as school attendance, alcohol and other drug usage, mental health issues, suicide, child abuse and neglect, teen pregnancy, school drop-ours, and school safety.
I recruit, train, and supervise volunteers in the YouthFriends program, which is a school-based volunteer activity designed to mentor elementary school students. If you, or someone you know would like to volunteer some of their time to assist students, please contact me at the school or visit the YouthFriends website at www.youthfriends.org/ for more information.
As the District Test Coordinator for the Kansas State Assessments, I schedule, proctor, and help teachers interpret results to help target specific areas for future learning for students.
I encourage you to contact me at 785-989-4426 (West Campus) or 913-365-6735 (East Campus) with any concerns you may have regarding your child's adjustment to school or with any parenting concerns. I am more than happy to arrange a time to meet with you that is convenient for your schedule!
Outside The Classroom
I grew up in Des Moines, Iowa, and graduated from the University of Iowa with a bachelor's and master's degree in social work. I met my husband while working at Hillcrest Family Services in Dubuque, Iowa shortly after graduation. He also has a master's degree in social work, and is the current head of the Family Guidance Center in St. Joseph, where we have lived for the past 14 years. Our daughter, Caroline, is currently a senior at Mizzou, studying microbiology. When she's not studying, she volunteers at an animal shelter in Columbia, and recently adopted a mischievous tabby cat. Our family loves pets, and has never been without a faithful German Shepherd.
My commitment to social work has included volunteering on the board of directors for several non-profit organizations, including the YWCA St. Joseph, and Prevent Child Abuse Missouri. My husband and I have volunteered to work in disaster relief projects through the Red Cross after the events of September 11th and Hurricane Katrina. I strongly believe, in the words of Margaret Mead, "Never believe that a few caring people can't change the world. For indeed that's all who ever have. "