to the School Counseling Program at Northside Middle School !
The school counseling program serves all the children at our school and helps students, teachers, and parents be their best.
What does the school counselor do?
· Teaches lessons in all classrooms several times throughout the year
· Meets with students who want to get help solving a problem or chat about something on their minds
· Facilitates small groups for students on topics like grief and anger management
· Consults with parents and teachers on topics like parenting, discipline, building strong families, and students’ academic, emotional, and social success in school
· Helps families connect with community resources
· Coordinates our school’s character education program
· Organizes school-wide service learning projects
· Serves on our school’s Problem-Solving Team (PST)
· - Works with teachers, administrators, and parents to develop and implement the school counseling program
What topics are taught in classroom lessons?
· Emotions and coping skills
· Conflict resolution
· Friendship/social skills
· Career exploration
· Respecting individual differences
· Character (responsibility, perseverance, trustworthiness, etc.)
· Personal safety
· Cooperation and teamwork
· Academic readiness and skills for learning
· And many more!* Ask me if you’d like a complete list of standards or download the “Guidance Curriculum Scope & Sequence” on the Alabama State Department of Education website.
W. What do we do in small group and individual meetings?
· Talk about little things, big things, or anything in between
· Offer support and encouragement
· Build confidence
· Develop problem-solving abilities
· Teach coping, social, or other needed skills
· Gi- Give children the opportunity to connect with other students having similar experiences
W. When should I contact the school counselor?
Please don’t hesitate to call or email if I can help your child or your family with anything, especially if you have questions or concerns about the following:
· Your child’s emotional well-being
· Stress or changes at home
· Your child’s relations with peers
· Your child’s behavior/accountability
· Books or ideas on parenting or building a strong family
· Getting help from resources in the community