The elementary school counselor believes:
- Children have dignity and worth as human beings.
- Children learn best when they feel good about themselves and their relationships with others.
- Children who understand their feelings are better able to control their behavior.
- Children are capable of making responsible choices.
- Attitudes formed during elementary school shape future attitudes toward learning, self and society.
What does a school counselor do?
- Talks with students individually
- Talks with students in small groups-new kids, friendship, grief, divorce, study skills, organization, alcohol and drug abuse etc.
- Encourages parent and community involvement in education
- Facilitates developmental classroom guidance activities for all students
- Helps identify the special needs of children
- Helps students learn responsibility by becoming aware of the consequences of their behavior
- Promotes positive attitudes among students and staff members
- Works with parents and teachers to help their children achieve their fullest academic, social and emotional potential
- Coordinates efforts with other school specialists
- Coordinates referrals to outside agencies and community resources
- Backpack food program
- Coordinates for Big Brothers Big Sisters
- Arc- Circle of Friends group
- Heads the SBST.