Your school counselor, Mrs. Howe, is here for every student,
staff member, and parent who is part of the Middleburgh
Elementary School community.
What is a School Counselor?
A school counselor is a type of teacher in our school. At
Middleburgh Elementary, our school counselor, Mrs. Howe, helps
students learn about many things such as problem-solving, character
education, helping others, study skills, understanding feelings,
career exploration and making friends. The goal of the school
counseling program is to help children do their best and succeed
in everything they do!
Why Elementary School Counselors?
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 can
achieve academic success. The professional elementary school
counselor holds 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.
“Today’s young people are living in an exciting time, with an
increasingly diverse society, new technologies and expanding
opportunities. To help ensure that they are prepared to become
the next generation of parents, workers, leaders and citizens,
every student needs support, guidance and opportunities during
childhood, a time of rapid growth and change. Children face
unique and diverse challenges, both personally and
developmentally, that have an impact on academic achievement."
—"Toward a Blueprint for Youth: Making Positive Youth Development
a National Priority,” U.S. Department of Health and Human
What do School Counselors Do at Middleburgh Elementary?
School counselors talk with individual students one time
or a few times. This means:
and staff have more support when a student needs someone to talk
can get confidential help to solve problems, no matter what the
is assistance for students with the process of growing up.
have an additional resource at the school when their child needs
School counselors meet with students in small groups.
will develop better interpersonal relationships.
and recess can be a time for discussions and games in the
can solve conflicts peacefully with a caring adult mediator.
such as divorce, friendship, and stress can be addressed with
School counselors visit classrooms to teach lessons
about things that will help students in school, and out of
school. This means:
will receive social as well as academic curriculum.
class lessons with the school counselor on the average of 16
times a year.
are provided with a variety of "preventative” skills for the
requirements for Careers, Violence Prevention, and Character
Education are exceeded.
School counselors coordinate school-wide projects and
activities. This means:
extensive character education program, which includes monthly
Make a Difference” community service projects open to all
students every month.
students are welcomed with lunch with a few classmates in the
are recognized in the hall and on the daily announcements for
Elementary School Students’ Developmental Needs
The elementary years are a time when students begin to develop
their academic self-concept and their feelings of competence and
confidence as learners. They are beginning to develop
decision-making, communication and life skills, as well as and
character values. It is also a time when students develop and
acquire attitudes toward school self, peers, social groups and
family. Comprehensive developmental school counseling programs
provide education, prevention and intervention services, which
are integrated into all aspect! s of children’s lives. Early
identification and intervention of children’s academic and
personal/social needs is essential in removing barriers to
learning and in promoting academic achievement. The knowledge,
attitudes and skills that students acquire in the areas of
academic, career and personal/social development during these
elementary years serve as the foundation for future success.
Meeting the Challenge
Elementary school counselors are professional educators with a
mental health perspective who understand and respond to the
challenges presented by today’s diverse student population.
Elementary school counselors don’t work in isolation; rather
they are integral to the total educational program. They provide
proactive leadership that engages all stakeholders in the
delivery of programs and services to help students achieve
school success. Professional school counselors align with the
school’s mission to support the academic achievement of all!
students as they prepare for the ever-changing world of the 21st
century. This mission is accomplished through the design,
development, implementation and evaluation of a comprehensive,
developmental and systematic school counseling program. ASCA’s
National Standards in the academic, career, and personal/social
domains are the foundation for this work. The ASCA National
Model: A Framework For School Counseling Programs (ASCA, 2002),
with its data-driven and results-based focus, serves as a guide
for today’s school counselor who is uniquely trained to
implement this program.
Elementary School Counselors Implement the Counseling Program by
School Guidance Curriculum
support, including organizational, study and test-taking skills
setting and decision-making
awareness, exploration and planning
on understanding self and others
relationships, coping strategies and effective social skills
problem-solving and conflict resolution
Individual Student Planning
on understanding of self, including strengths and weaknesses
and small-group counseling
collaboration and teaming
management and operation
Elementary School Counselors Collaborate with:
of assessment results
support, including learning style assessment and education to
help students succeed academically
student identification and implementation of interventions to
data and results
assistance team building
shadowing, service learning
**These examples are not intended to be all-inclusive