Who is the School Counselor?
Mrs. Kari Boyd, M.Ed for Guidance & Counseling w/ ESA Certification, this my 4th year serving students, families, and staff at SHS.
What is the school counselor’s role & mission?
The school counselor’s role is to meet the needs of the social and emotional health of the students, and to ensure that all students are able to reach their God-given potential. The school counselor utilizes a developmental and preventative counseling program model. The developmental approach attempts to identify certain skills and experiences that students need to be successful in school and in other social aspects of their life. A guidance curriculum is planned to target the emotional, behavioral and social developmental needs of the students. This in turn complements the academic component of learning.
Classroom Guidance Lessons: Pre-K through 8th Grade
Students in grades K–5 continue developing their social-emotional skills—including making friends, managing emotions, and solving problems—to set them on the path for social success and academic readiness.
Middle-schoolers are better prepared to navigate adolescence with communication, coping, and decision-making skills that help them make good choices and avoid pitfalls, such as peer pressure, substance abuse, and bullying.
A structured conflict management curriculum that helps empower students to become effective and positive problem solvers while also teaching students how to be self- advocates. Kelso’s Choices emphasizes the idea of SMALL problems and BIG problems (K-3 grades) and MINOR problems and SERIOUS problems for (4-5th grades). SMALL problems are ones that K-3rd graders are big enough and strong enough to solve by themselves using Kelso’s Choices wheel and the same goes for MINOR problems between 4-5th graders. While BIG or SERIOUS problems are ones that need an adult to help.
Additional Topics Covered in Classroom Guidance Lessons
- Internet & Technology Safety
- The role of a Powerful Bystander
- Goal setting and decision making
- Education of understanding of self and others
- Individual Student Planning
- Communication, problem-solving and conflict resolution
- Career Awareness, exploration, and test taking
- Individual Counseling, through self, teacher, or parent referral
- Small Group Counseling
- Behavioral coaching
- Conflict resolution
- Consultation & Collaboration
- Referrals to outside agencies, programs, or therapists
Lunch Bunch Program
These group sessions meet once a week, are offered to our 1st-8th grade students, and take place during lunch time throughout the school year. Each group will meet for 4-6 sessions, before new groups are formed and rotated. Every child will have the chance to participate! Our time together each week will be a great opportunity to connect with peers, talk about peer relationships and problem solve together in a small group setting. Students will participate in activities that will enhance the positive qualities that already exist within each child while building each individual up to be positive role models and their own self-advocate!
Partnership with Academic Resource Class
- Weekly Executive Skills Coaching for students enrolled in the ARC class