Counselor

Parents,

Do you sometimes hear your kids say things like, “Maybe the school guidance counselor can help?” But you are not sure what a guidance counselor is, and how the counselor works with children in school. For some answers to your questions please look at the information below. If you have any questions or concerns please contact your elementary counselor.

Mrs. Katie Shaw
School Counselor
456-4311 ext. 5354

GUIDANCE IN THE CLASSROOM:

The school counselor meets with each class every other week for 30 minutes.  The following topics and lessons will be presented during the school year.


AUGUST:
-Introduction to school and counseling class
-School expectations

SEPTEMBER:
-Feelings
-Conflict Resolution

OCTOBER:
-Safety with the Warrenton Police
-School Bus Safety Week
-Red Ribbon Week - 24th - 27th
-Drug Awareness and Prevention

NOVEMBER:
-Citizenship and Self control

DECEMBER:
-Compassion
-Tolerance

JANUARY:
-Bullying Awareness and Prevention

FEBRUARY:
-Honesty
-Self-Esteem

MARCH:
-Study Skills
-Careers

APRIL:
- Transition
-Summer Safety
MAY
  No Classes

INDIVIDUAL CONSULTATION

Students are welcome to come in and visit the school counselor when they are experiencing a problem. The child may request the counseling or may be referred by parents or teachers. Counseling is a voluntary service--- no child is required to talk with the counselor.

SMALL SUPPORT GROUP SESSIONS

Small groups are formed each semester. We try to determine the needs of the students and design our groups to meet those needs. Groups meet once a week for 6 weeks and are approximately 30 minutes in length. Students must have parent permission to participate in small groups.

Small Support Groups that are offered are:

  • Divorce/Separation
  • Anger Management
  • Social Skills

SOME THINGS AN ELEMENTARY GUIDANCE COUNSELOR DOES:

Helps students-

Understand his/her abilities and limitations
Adjust to a new school
Find answers to his/her concerns
Learn to make good decisions
Develop skills in getting along with others
Achieve more in school

Talks with you about your child’s-

Progress in school
Abilities and limitations
Growth and development

Assists teachers in-

Understanding and meeting individual student needs

Providing classroom guidance in such areas such as self-esteem, decision making,conflict resolution, and character education

Finding special help for students when needed
Planning units on guidance related topics and Character Education

***Consults with parents and teachers in private conferences about their children.

***Coordinates referrals to school and community agencies when school personnel and parents agree this is needed.

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