School Counselor Office
- As a Unified Arts teacher, I provide SEL (social emotional learning) in all classrooms that focus on and reinforce character traits that enable children to make positive choices in school and in life.
- Consult with other staff for special services/needs.
- Listen and consult about social/emotional concerns and developmental issues.
As a Resource for Parents:
- Interpreting the school experience for a better understanding about what a student at Jacques experiences.
- Providing resources for coping, self-esteem, and stress so parents can be full partners in their children’s educational effort.
- Listening to concerns and helping to work toward mutual solutions to problems.
- 504 Coordinator for students with diagnoses that need support to access curriculum.
As Advocates for Students:
- Providing groups for development of social skills and relationships. Providing one-on-one counseling to better able students to fully participate in their classrooms.
- Participate in service teams and SST ( student support teams) as needed for the needs of the student.
- Providing crisis intervention for unforeseen circumstances that may arise.
- Providing a safe place to go and be when the day seems overwhelming.
Other ways I can help:
Throughout the year, I run various groups for students depending on the needs of the students. Teachers refer students and parents discuss concerns with me to determine what types of groups I may run. The following groups are just some of the groups that I may invite a student to be a part of.
Changing Family Group: This group is a support group for students who have experienced a family change such as:
- Illness/death of a family member
- Military families
- living with grandparents, uncles, aunts
This group is a great opportunity for students to share their experiences with others, explore feelings, and be supported by their peers.
- Self Control
- Friend making skills
These strategies are addressed through fun learning activities like board games, role plays, books, and other creative activities.
- Separation Anxiety
- Selective Mutism or being shy
- General anxiety
Through a variety of strategies this group helps students understand their worries and provides them with strategies to help reduce their anxiety. If a student needs more intense intervention, discussion can happen to consider an outside agency for ongoing support.
LUNCH BUNCH: This is a fun opportunity for me to have lunch with students in my office and get to know students in small informal groups. Lunch bunches run all year and teachers and parents can refer any student. I try to see each student in a group of 4 three times each for lunch. These lunch bunches are a more informal way for students to work on things like making friends, learning manners, keeping their body still, and being respectful. Students love them!
Jacques Memorial School Character Education:
There are teachable moments throughout the day where staff has these opportunities:
- Lunch Room
- Individual Time
- Wadleigh Library
- Gateway Community Services
- NH Department of Education
- Family Education Site
- Parent Information Center
- Greater Milford Outreach
- SHARE Outreach
- Bridges: Domestic & Sexual Violence Support
- Children & Families First