(K, 1st, 3rd, 5th)
The mission of the Davis Elementary School Counseling Program is to recognize and respect the unique qualities of each student and guide all students toward academic, personal, social, and career success. Our goal of providing students with the skills, knowledge, and attitudes to become effective life long learners and productive members of their communities will be accomplished using a comprehensive counseling curriculum.
Our vision is to empower our students to achieve their full potential and prepare them for a productive and successful future through a comprehensive school counseling program.
The Counselors at Davis Elementary School Believe:
- Every student has the right to an environment that is safe, creative and conducive to learning.
- The school environment should encourage self-worth and respect for self and others.
- Learning is a life long process.
- All students have individual abilities and are capable of learning with support from family, community and educators.
- All students have the right to participate in the school counseling program.
In The Counselor's Office, Students Will:
- TALK! about things important to them;
- SHARE! good news and not-so-good news;
- LISTEN! to other students' ideas and experiences;
- LEARN! about themselves and getting along with others;
- THINK! about ways to make their school days or home life more enjoyable.
To Talk to the Counselor:
- Students may ask for a conference;
- Parents may ask the counselor to talk with their child;
- A teacher or principal may ask the counselor to talk with a student;
- The counselor invites the student to her office.
A Comprehensive Counseling Program...
- is a program of counseling services available to all students;
- includes crisis counseling for students who have immediate needs;
- believes that all students can benefit from contact with a counselor;
- believes that social and emotional development in children is a process of growth - changing all the time;
- believes that children who are aware of themselves and their needs will make responsible choices for themselves;
- believes that every child is unique and special!
The Counselor Works With Students Using:
- Classroom Counseling Lessons - The counselor goes into each classroom and talks with the entire class about topics such as self-awareness, peer relations, study skills, emotion management, communication skills, goal-setting, and problem-solving.
- Individual Counseling - The counselor is available to talk with a student if the concern is personal or if the student prefers to relate on an individual basis.
- Small Group Counseling - The counselor invites students who share common concerns to meet weekly with her in her office. Some of these student concerns may include handling stress, self-concept, study skills, loss, peer relations, and changing families. Students are usually referred to focus group activities by teachers and parents; sometimes a student self-refers.
Counselors Work With Parents and Teachers, Too!
- Counselors consult with parents and teachers when students are having academic, behavioral, emotional, or social difficulties.
- Parents are encouraged to share family concerns which might be affecting their child in school.
- A supportive team approach is built at Davis Elementary.