Our Philosophy

Elementary School Counseling services are an integral part of the total school program and complement learning in the classroom. A school guidance program reaches every student and will focus on the knowledge, skills, and attitudes needed for successful academic achievement, career development, and personal/social growth. Services are child-centered, proactive, and developmental. Our professional school counselors spend their time working directly with students to maximize the benefits every student will receive from the program. This will be accomplished through the use of School Counseling Curriculum, Individual Student Planning, Responsive Services, and System Support. School counseling services are comprehensive in scope, preventative in design, developmental in nature, and intended to enhance the potential of ALL elementary students.

Therefore, as an educational system we believe we can teach all children and all children can learn. We believe accessing knowledge, reasoning, questioning, and problem solving are the foundations for learning in an ever-changing world. We believe education enables students to recognize and strive for higher standards. Consequently, we will commit our efforts to help students acquire knowledge and attitudes considered valuable in order to develop their potential and/or their career and lifetime aspirations.

Monday, September 2, 2013

Take What You Need

I made this poster to put in our staff lounge this weekend and thought I'd share.  If I were a betting girl I would anticipate that "patience" will be the first to be taken!  Simply print and cut between the words on the bottom.

Friday, December 14, 2012

Great Joy

If you're like me, you've been running around like crazy, trying to fit in all those great, sweet, fun holiday activities with your students and families alike. Food Drive, Angel Tree, Santa's Workshop... :0}  somethings gotta give! Unfortunately, it's also a time that our struggling families' everyday issues become magnified, and cannot be put on hold. I came across a book I wanted to share with you, maybe it can help keep things in perspective for us and our kids. Check out the blog the link is from...I aspire to be as consistent as this blogger is with her site! Blessings, everyone!

Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Tricky People


This week I'm teaching Internet Safety and came across this video teaching "Real World" smarts...great info presented in a non-threatening way for younger kids - K -2 . I haven't checked but I bet there's a color sheet to go with it. If you use it with your kids, share your feedback and any suggestions you might have!

Friday, October 12, 2012

Happy Friday!!

'In Your Shoes'  pragmatic language activity

Found a great activity http://speechroomnews.blogspot.com
The games are called 'In your shoes.' The download includes 3 games: Problem Solving 1 & 2 and Perspective Taking. They feature these cute shoe graphics from KPM doodles.
Its available through TeachersPayTeachers...I didn't mind paying for it as it has great graphics I wouldn't be able to make! She mentions that it would be fun to use with an empathy lesson. I plan to use with the book called " How Do I Stand in Your Shoes?" by Susan DeBell (grade 2)

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Divorce :(

I don't know I'm surprised but again today I was touched by how difficult the impact of divorce is on kids, even after years of separation.
Fortunately I've recently come across some great resources for kids dealing with on-going issues with regard to divorce.
Check out www.kidsturn.org for information and free materials to help children better cope with the grief of parent separation and divorce. There is also information for parents. 

Friday, August 31, 2012

If you're interested in making your own posters, I'd recommend Vistaprint.  I recently received my first order for posters from them, and I'm pleased.  I decided I like the "small" size best (11.25" x 17.3") and would suggest choosing the "premium poster cardstock" option for $1.99 extra. They are sturdy enough to tote around to classroom guidance lessons, and then post on your wall for continued reference.  One more suggestion: wait for a sale!  I got the "medium size" (24"x18") for $5.99 each a few weeks ago and they have a plastic-y front coating on them so lamination isn't necessary.  I'm hoping the coating will also minimize fading.  If you add photos to your design (costs a little more), there doesn't seem to be a resolution warning, so be careful. 
A few more from my order:

Thursday, August 30, 2012

The Corner On Character: What Do You Reflect?

The Corner On Character: What Do You Reflect?: I just LOVE it when parents add a personal touch to their kids' lunches! Yesterday I saw a note from a mom suggesting to her little girl th...