• What does a school counselor do?

    An Elementary School Counselor provides:
       -School Guidance Curriculum
           -A comprehensive program that promotes knowledge and skills in three content areas: academic achievement, career development and personal/social growth
       -Individual and Small Group Student Planning
           -Ongoing activities designed to help individual and small groups of students to establish personal goals and develop future plans
       -Responsive Services
           -Includes: consultation, individual/small-group counseling, crisis response, referrals, peer mediation
       -System Support
           -Professional development, collaboration, program management and operation
    Elementary School Counselors help students:
      -achieve academic goals
      -develop a better understanding and acceptance of themselves
      -cope with life changes
      -develop problem solving and decision making skills
      -develop emotionally and socially
      -begin to develop career goals
    Elementary School Counselors help school staff:
      -understand and meet students' personal, social, emotional, academic, and
        behavioral needs
    Elementary School Counselors help parents:
      -understand their child's emotions and behaviors.
      -access community resources when needed.
      -with strategies to use at home with problem behaviors.
      -interpret standardized test scores.
    What are some specific things Mrs. Smith does?
    - Classroom Guidance for all grade levels
    - Work with small groups and individual students for a variety of reasons
      such as:
         -behavioral concerns
         -attendance concerns
         -academic concerns
         -family/life changes and crises
         -friendship issues
    - Facilitates/Assists with the following programs:    
         -Student Council
         -Watch DOGS
         -Red Ribbon Week
         -6th grade registration