Hunters Bend Comprehensive School Counseling Program
The counselors role at Hunters Bend is to support your child as we explore life skills impacting their academic, personal/social, and career related success. These skills will be the focus of Life Skill’s Classes, small groups, and individual counseling opportunities. The hope is for each child to believe in his or her own incredible capabilities and to have the courage and confidence to stretch and grow. In addition to classroom lessons, small group, and individual counseling, the comprehensive school counseling program includes consultation to assist school staff and parents. Other responsibilities include coordinating TCAP testing and assisting with parenting workshops and community resources.
Each class comes to the school counselor’s room for age appropriate lessons designed to engage the children in development of the following lifelong skills: respect for individual differences, self-esteem, emotional awareness, decision-making and problem-solving skills, study skills, goal-setting, social skills, conflict resolution, personal safety and drug prevention, career awareness, and understanding the career-school connection.
Elementary school years set the tone for developing the knowledge, attitudes and skill necessary for children to become healthy, competent and confident learners. Through a comprehensive developmental school counseling program, counselors work as a team with the school staff, parents, and the community to create a caring climate and atmosphere. By providing education, prevention, early identification and intervention, school counselors can help all children achieve academic success.
The professional elementary school counselor holds a minimum of a master’s degree and required state certification in school counseling.
Maintaining certification includes on-going professional development to stay current with education reform and challenges facing today’s students. Professional association membership enhances the school counselor’s knowledge and effectiveness.
American School Counselor Association (ASCA), 2006-2008
Small groups form throughout the year based on need. Some of the topics may focus on social skills, self-esteem, divorce, and grief, etc. Individual counseling is provided to any child who needs support as he or she copes with difficult life events. Requests may be made by the student, teacher, or a parent.
Teachers and parents, please contact the school counselor if you have concerns regarding a child’s academics, classroom behavior, peer relations, responsibility and accountability, or emotional well-being. Also, in situations such as divorce, separation, moving, a death in the family, or home stress, the counselor would be happy to work with you to support the well-being of your student or child.
- WCS Elementary School Counselors will achieve its vision by providing exemplary programming which maximizes student development in the areas of academic, career, and personal/social growth.
- Professional school counselors will deliver services through core curriculum, student planning, and responsive services. Elementary School counselors are evaluated on student growth and their ability to build relationships.
- WCS Elementary School Counselors will advocate for all students by cultivating strong partnerships with families, school personnel, and community to promote student success.
School Counselor Contact
Our school counselor is committed to helping your child succeed. Please contact Mrs. Reitveld if there is a need that she can fill.