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.

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...

Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Digital Citizens

Turn your students into safe, smart, responsible digital citizens and help your school keep valuable federal support for technology at the same time!
Get started by watching the overview tutorial, then access engaging lessons complete with plans, handouts, videos, assessments, and parent tip sheets on the tabs below.

Jeff Hanser and I have been discussing how to integrate more technology with our students and Jeff has come up with some great ways to use iPod Touches that some schools already have. Also, looked at the district sign-off for parental consent to use D2 apps. Did you know that all students grades 4-6 have accounts set up for them through Google? That begs the question...are our kids ready for all that technology as far as safety is concerned? You know how great Common Sense Media is...check out this video for more info about their tool kit for educators!

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Happy First Day, everyone! I wanted to share Carolyn's Counselor Intro link: www.elementaryschoolcounseling.org/classroom-counseling.html

I'm always up for new ideas in this area especially since the kids tend to hear the same thing every year!!