Elementary School Student's 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 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 aspects 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.
The Carol Morgan Elementary School Counselor Implements the Counseling Program by Providing:
It is our goal to ensure that each new student has a smooth transition to Carol Morgan. Welcoming new students and their parents, providing them with an orientation of our Elementary School, and supporting each student’s adjustment to his/her new environment comprise the foundation that we build upon to make certain that each student succeeds socially and academically.
School Guidance Curriculum
Academic support, including organizational, study and test-taking skills
Goal setting and decision-making
Career awareness, exploration and planning
Education on understanding self and others
Peer relationships, coping strategies and effective social skills
Communication, problem-solving and conflict resolution
Individual student planning
Goal setting/decision- making
Education on understanding of self, including strengths and weaknesses
Individual and small-group counseling
Individual/family/school crisis intervention
Consultation, collaboration and teaming
Program management and operation
The School Counselor Collaborates with:
One-on-one parent conferencing
Interpretation of assessment results
Classroom guidance activities
Academic support, including learning style assessment and education to help students succeed academically
At-risk student identification and implementation of interventions to enhance success
Behavioral management plans
School-wide needs assessments
Student data and results
Student assistance team building
Carol Morgan has a comprehensive approach to character education which is supported by evidenced-based programs: TRIBES, 2ND STEP, and KELSO’S CHOICES as well as our five school rules. These initiatives are integral to the educational process and community building at Carol Morgan.
Carol Morgan School Counseling Program Purpose
The Counseling Department at Carol Morgan supports all students through a comprehensive and developmental approach that addresses the four domains outlined by the International Model for School Counseling – academic, personal/social, career and global perspective. The well-articulated preK-12 counseling program provides instruction, support and caring at every level. Services are provided to maximize the academic achievement of all students and promote the necessary skills, attitudes, and beliefs for all students to strengthen their unique capabilities and enable them to participate in a global society as responsible citizens.
I hope the information above allows you to better understand how the School Counselor is an integral part of your child’s education, and also learn a little more about myself. I am a licensed School Psychologist (Ed.S) with 14 years of experience working as either a School Psychologist or School Counselor. I have enjoyed working not only in the U.S., but Bolivia, and the Dominican Republic, and have had the pleasure of working in elementary, middle, and high school settings. I am excited to be a part of the Carol Morgan community, and I look forward to working with you and your children.
Mike Vande Loo
Sherry Pearson is a licensed School Counselor (K-12) who has been working in the Nevada Public School system the last several years at the elementary level. At Carol Morgan School, she is working with the Pre-K through second grades. She supports students individually, in small groups, and by teaching classroom guidance lessons which focus on personal, social, and academic areas.