• What Does A School Counselor Do?

    • School Guidance Curriculum - a comprehensive program that promotes knowledge & skills in 3 content areas -- academic achievement, career development, and personal/social growth.
    • Individual & Small Group Student Planning - ongoing activities designed to help individuals & small groups of students to establish personal goals and develop future plans.
    • Responsive Services - consultation, individual/small group counseling, crisis response, referrals, peer mediation.
    • System Support - professional development, collaboration with teachers & staff, 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 & decision making skills
    • develop emotionally & 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
    • collaborate on strategies to use at home with problematic behaviors
    • interpret standardized test scores

     

    What are some specific things Mrs. Horton does at Chandler Elementary?

    • Classroom Guidance lessons for all grade levels on a variety of topics from friendship skills to career & future planning
    • Small group and individual counseling for a variety of reasons including:
      • Behavioral concerns
      • Attendance concerns
      • Academic concerns
      • Family/Life changes and crises
      • Friendship issues
      • Grief
      • Anxiety

     

    Mrs. Horton facilitates & assists with the following programs:

    • PALS (Peer Assistance and Leadership)
    • Student Council
    • Watch DOGS (program utilizing Father/Grandfather volunteers)
    • Red Ribbon Week (promoting a drug-free lifestyle)
    • Celebrate Me Week (acceptance of special abilities)
    • Allen Community Outreach Holiday Food Drive
    • Kids Against Hunger (a school-wide service project)
    • Chick Fil A Spirit Days
    • Fire Safety Week
    • Cheetah Champions (student recognition program)
    • Penguin Patch Holiday Shoppe (holiday gift shopping experience for students)
    • 6th Grade Registration for Middle School