Welcome to New Holland Elementary's School Counseling Resource Page!
As the School Counselor, I provide support to students, teachers and parents under the framework of the following domains: Personal/Social Development, Academic Development, and Career Development. These domains follow guidelines set forth by the American School Counselor Association (ASCA; see link below). This resource page will give you a glimpse of the school counseling program at New Holland.
Direct Student Services:
School Counseling Core Curriculum:
Class lessons are delivered in each class twice per month (Kindergarten through Sixth grade). These lessons help to promote knowledge, understanding and skills through instruction related to careers, personal/social development, and academic development. A link to the Elementary Core Counseling Curriculum can be found below; counseling class lessons follow Career and Education Work Standards (CEWS) and Student Interpersonal Skills Standards (set for by PA Dept. of Education).
Character education is generated through the school counseling program and is delivered school-wide. Specific character traits are highlighted each month throughout the school. These traits are discussed in weekly classroom meetings, recognized during daily morning announcements, and are modeled for students by teachers and staff. Teachers are able to nominate students each month who exhibit the character trait; these students have their picture displayed in Character Hall outside of the school counseling office and are invited to a special lunch together at the end of each month on Spirit Day.
Small Group Counseling is provided by the School Counselor on a variety of topics (i.e. friendship and social skills, building confidence and self-esteem, conflict resolution, academic skills, and relational aggression). These groups are available at each grade level and meet for 6-8 sessions. Small group counseling also further expands upon information and skills presented in class lessons.
Individual Student Planning:
The School Counselor participates in student planning when academic and behavioral concerns arise. As part of the team, the counselor helps to devise a plan and is typically involved in implementation. ELANCO utilizes a RtII (response to intervention and instruction) approach when students demonstrate needs in academic and behavioral/social areas.
The School Counselor is also involved in screening students for the gifted education program. All second grade students are screened in the spring of every year through performance on baseline district assessments. All other students are screened via parent requests. Initial screening information is shared with parents and passed on to the gifted education teacher.
In addition, I provide individual social skills instruction to students, classroom (and other settings) observations, data collection for planning purposes, and implement behavior support plans and interventions.
At the elementary level, the School Counselor spends a large portion of their day in services and activities related to this component. These activities can be characterized as addressing the immediate needs and concerns of students, parents and teachers. Responsive services can include: individual and small group counseling, mediation among peers, crisis counseling, consultation and meetings with teachers, consultation and meetings with parents/guardians, and referrals to community agencies. The Counselor's support can be sought for concerns including (but not limited to): conflict resolution, coping skills, peer issues, social skills, crisis support, esteem and confidence building, family concerns, new student support, goal setting, and study skills.
As a parent/guardian, when you have questions and/or concerns...let me know how I can help!
Indirect Student Services:
Resource Development and Acquisition:
In addition to working directly with students, the School Counselor is involved in a variety of activities on behalf of students, to benefit students socially/emotionally and academically. This involves gathering resources for teachers, researching behavior interventions and strategies, planning and updating curriculum tools, and providing resources to parents/guardians. I have access to a wealth of information on numerous child development topics and concerns to share.
Consultation and Collaboration:
The School Counselor has a responsibility to every student in the building and as a result consults and collaborates daily with teachers/staff and parents/guardians in a variety of ways: direct support, meetings, phone conversations, and email. I am in constant contact with teachers and parents in order to help promote student confidence and success. In addition, collaboration also involves outside agencies that help to support our students (i.e. CrossNet, TEAMCare School-Based Outpatient counseling, etc.).
Program Management and School Support:
Program Foundation, Management, and Accountability:
School Counselors meet 4 times per school year as a district to discuss, plan and implement components of a comprehensive K-12 counseling program. Together, we work to manage, analyze, and evaluate our comprehensive counseling program to meet state and national standards. Each level and building (i.e. elementary building) maintains their individual program in compliance with the mission and vision of the School Counseling Department as a whole.
The School Counselor provides system support through a variety of functions. The New Holland Elementary TASK Team is comprised of teachers, parents, principal and counselor working together to promote a safe and civil school, to provide school-wide positive behavior support, and to monitor and implement components of the Olweus Bullying Prevention Program (the most heavily researched and successful bullying prevention program).
School Counselors collaborate and work closely with building principals, school psychologists, and district social workers on a variety of topics and issues of importance to public education and student support.
Membership in local, state and national organizations as well as attendance at professional development trainings, conferences and workshops are important in continuing education, knowledge and skill development for practicing school counselors.
American School Counselor Association (ACSA) member, 2007-2019
Pennsylvania School Counselor Association (PSCA) member, 2007-2019
Lancaster County School Counselor Association (LCSCA) member, 2008-2019