• What does a school counselor do, anyway?

    The elementary school counselor works with staff and parents to support the personal, social, emotional, and academic growth of all students. Taking into consideration the "whole child," the counselor takes a team approach to problem solving with students, teachers, and parents.

    The counselor supports children in the areas of school adjustment, dealing with stress, building self-confidence, improving conflict resolution and friendship skills, knowing and expressing feelings, coping with family changes, and developing school success skills. The counselor counsels students individually or in small groups to help them resolve or cope with issues that may interfere with learning. The school counselor presents lessons and activities that meet students' developmental needs or address specific classroom issues. The school counselor is a resource for students, teachers, and parents.

    STUDENTS
    We are here to help you with:
    Developing study skills
    Getting organized
    Improving your grades
    Adjusting to a new school or grade
    Making friends
    Resolving conflicts
    Dealing with peer pressure
    Developing self-confidence and responsibility
    Exploring your interests, abilities, and talents

    PARENTS
    We are here to help you with:
    Helping your child to have a positive school experience
    Meeting your child's individual needs
    Understanding the developmental stages of childhood
    Improving communication with your child
    Locating community resources

    TEACHERS
    We can collaborate with you on:
    Improving student academic performance
    Meeting the social and emotional needs of students
    Understanding and modifying student behavior
    Incorporating developmental topics into classroom lessons
    Conferencing with parents