Connecting with Your Child’s School Counselor for a Successful School Year
Understand the expertise and responsibilities of your child’s school counselor.
School counselors make a measurable impact in every student’s life,
assisting with academic, career and personal/social development.
Professional school counselors are trained in both educating and
counseling, allowing them to function as a facilitator between parents,
teachers and the student in matters concerning the student’s goals,
abilities and any areas needing improvement. School counselors provide
services not only to students in need, but to all students.
Meet or contact your child’s school counselor at least three times per school year. The
beginning of a school year is an excellent opportunity to initiate
contact with your child’s school counselor and doing so can ensure your
child’s positive school experience. Find out who the counselor is and
what his or her experience and background are. By communicating with one
another at the beginning, middle, and end of the school year, parents
and counselors can have a definite impact on a child’s success.
Discuss your child’s challenges and concerns with the school counselor. As
a parent, you know your child best. However, the school counselor can
help you better understand your child as a student. It’s important to
encourage your child’s expression of needs, hopes and frustrations.
School counselors are trained to help your children.
Learn about your child’s school and social connections from the school counselor. When
you need information or assistance, your child’s school counselor can
help you get in touch with the appropriate school officials; learn about
school policies on behavior, attendance, and dress; know the school
calendar of important dates and stay connected with the school in many
other ways. The school counselor can also help you locate resources in
the community when you need them.
Work with the school counselor to identify resources and find solutions to problems. If
your child is having a problem at school, it is important to work with
your child’s school counselor to find solutions. Discuss resources
available within and outside of the school, and get information on how
such programs can benefit your child. Your school counselor can be a
valuable partner in your child’s education and preparation for life
Project TEAM: Are you in the house? As
a counselor, I teach lessons on Helping Others, Positive Change,
Anti-Bullying, Problem Solving, Resiliency and Leadership. Our lessons
focus on creating a TEAM oriented cutlere that provides a sense of belonging and connection. All of our elementary schools adopted Project TEAM,
an innatiative of Penn State College. The program provides a mental
framework to help students understand their responsibility to friends,
peers, family and community. Project TEAM help create a culture where students are looking to help meet the needs of all members on the TEAM in addition to their own needs.
famous quote by John F. Kennedy states, "Ask not what your country can
do for you, but what you can do for your country." Project TEAM's
programming and curriculum is designed to allow students to see how
they can bring value and individual uniqueness to create an awesome
school TEAM. In today's society, the emphasis is on getting one's own
needs met and not worrying about others. We as parents, teachers,
counselors, administrators (TEAM) work together to show students how valueable they are to the TEAMs in school, at home, and in the community. Research supports that when students feel a part of a TEAM,
they are much less likely to exhibit bullying and other harmful
behaviors and they are less likely to be abused. Career exploration and
projection are another aspect of the TEAM also!