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    What is Elementary School Guidance?

    Elementary school counselors are a key part of the schools' total educational program. Elementary school counselors implement a comprehensive, developmental program based on state and district standards. These standards provide student competencies which focus on Learning to Learn (academic skills), Learning to Live (social skills) and Learning to Work (career awareness skills). The program includes active involvement and support of students, parents, teachers, administrators and the community. The counseling program promotes self-knowledge, positive attitudes, and skills in problem solving, goal setting, educational decision-making and career exploration.

    The Elementary Counselor:

    • Serves as a student advocate
    • Helps students master personal, social, academic, and career awareness skills
    • Presents guidance lessons to all classrooms on academic skills, responsibility, peer pressure and refusal skills, dealing with teasing, career exploration, conflict resolution, self-control, respect and tolerance of others, cooperation, decision-making, friendship skills, and more
    • Provides small group counseling on learning to appreciate self and others, coping with feelings, study skills, family changes, grief and loss, and other issues
    • Provides individual student assistance with issues such as self-esteem, anger management, school success, and friendship skills

    Benefits for Students:

    • All students have an advocate who provides support during stressful situations 
    • The school counselor works with students to empower them to solve problems.  This creates more emotional energy for their learning and improves classroom productivity  
    • The school counselor promotes students' successful social, emotional, academic, and career development using a proactive, prevention-based program
    • The school counselor ensures that the guidance program helps students meet specific content and objectives, which encourages them to make positive choices regarding their actions and words

    Benefits for Parents

    • School counselors improve communication between home and school
    • School counselors work as partners with parents to give information, feedback, and strategies for positive change.  This enhances their child's emotional growth and academic success.
    • School counselors increase opportunities for collaboration and cooperation between parents and school staff
    • The school counselor serves as a member of our school's Student Assistance team which addresses student needs

    Benefits for the School/Community:

    • School counselors contribute to the creation of a positive, respectful school climate through character education, bullying awareness, and other school-wide programs
    • School counselors link community members with students who benefit from a mentoring relationship
    • School counselors provide leadership, consultation, collaboration, and professional development to faculty/staff, parents and community members 
    • School counselors provide opportunities for students and staff to participate regularly in community service activities 

    Elementary Counselors are an integral part of the school's mission and the overall district goal... to help all children succeed in school and become productive members of our community.