A Developmental Guidance Program……

  • Offers guidance and counseling services to ALL students.
  • Offers crisis counseling for students who have immediate needs.
  • Offers ALL students the opportunity to talk with someone about things that concern or worry them. Everything is confidential unless student
  • Believes social skills and emotional development are a process of growth. They change all the time and students sometimes need help adjusting to the changes within themselves.
  • Believes helping children become aware of themselves and their needs will prepare them to make responsible choices.

Meet with the Counselor

How does a student get to talk to the Counselor?

·         The STUDENT may refer himself or herself by telling his / her teacher or the counselor.

·         The PARENTS may ask the counselor to talk to their child.

·         The TEACHER or PRINCIPAL may ask the counselor to talk with a student.

·         The COUNSELOR may invite a child to her office if she hears the child is worried or concerned about something.

·         Other STUDENTS will sometimes alert the counselor about friends or classmates they are concerned about.

Do counselors work with parents and teachers, too?

·         The counselor’s role is to help in the development of a well rounded child in the areas of academics, social skills, and emotional well-being.  In order to accomplish this goal, the counselor, teachers, parents, and the principal, as well as the child, all need to work together.

·          Teachers are encouraged to share any concern about their students with the counselor.

 Parents are an important part of each child’s life and are encouraged to share family concerns which might be affecting their child at school.  Information is confidential.


How does the Counselor work with students?

Individual Counseling  - A process where a student can discuss issues in a safe, positive, and confidential setting.  Topics are based on the needs of the student and may include: feelings, changing families, peer pressure, friends, stress, academics, social skills, academics, bullying, getting along with others, problem-solving, and decision-making.


Small Group Counseling - The counselor invites 5-7 students who share common concerns to meet as a group on a weekly basis.  Some of these student concerns may include dealing with anger, making and being a good friend, divorce, death, responding appropriately to adult authority (parents and teachers), etc.


Classroom Guidance/Classroom Counseling - These classroom lessons are regularly scheduled and address personal, social, academic, and career-related needs at the child's developmental level.  Topics may include self-esteem, conflict resolution, study skills, anger management, career awareness, tattling/reporting, friendship/social skills, responsibility, respect, teasing/bullying, feelings, cooperation, goal setting/decision-making, and peer pressure. 






Improving Your Child's Academic Performance

  • Check your child's agenda every night
  • Schedule 1 to 2 hours a night for homework
  • Study with your child before tests and quizzes
  • Talk to your child often about his/her progress
  • Check to see that homework has been completed
  • Encourage your child to stay after school for additional help
  • Call your child's counselor and schedule a parent conference
  • Communicate with teachers via email or by phone
  • Provide incentives to your child when he/she completes assignments
  • Ensure your child has a quiet place to study and complete homework
  • Monitor your child's attendance to ensure he/she attends school every day
  • Provide logical consequences when your child does not complete assignments 


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