Guidance

The primary purpose of the elementary guidance program is to create a safe environment in which the children can learn positive life-long skills that will help them make good decisions and grow into healthy responsible and caring adults. Through teaching and providing individual and small group support elementary guidance counselors help students:
- develop a positive self-concept
- learn to communicate with and relate to others
- develop decision making and conflict resolution skills
- understand and respect individual differences
- learn to cope with stress and change

Elementary counselors also meet with parents, interpret evaluation data, serve on the RtII/child study teams, organize and coordinate standardized testing and provide development coordination of 504 service agreements.
 
Students in grades one through five receive developmental guidance lessons throughout the school year.  These lessons, delivered by the counselor, are derived from district standards as well as student needs.  Themes addressed in each grade are as follows:
 
 
First Grade
(as addressed through the "BABES" curriculum)

Beginning Alcohol Basic Education Studies
 
Self-Image and Feelings
Decision-Making and Peer Pressure
Coping Skills
Alcohol and Other Drug Awareness
Getting Help
Personal Safety
 
 
Second Grade
 
Responding to Teasing
Respecting Diversity
Coping with Stress
Strategies for Making and Keeping Friends
Bullying and Cyberbullying
 
 
Third Grade
 
Respect for All
Settling Conflicts in Healthful Ways
What Makes You Unique
Safe Use of Medicines
Saying No to Alcohol, Tobacco, and Illegal Drugs
Cyberbullying
 
 
Fourth Grade
 
A Plan for Good Health
Responsible Decisions and Resistance Skills
Good Character and Self-respect
Communication in Healthful Ways
Cyberbullying
Career Education and Work Standards

 
 
Fifth Grade

 
Responsible Decisions
Showing Good Character
The Mind-Body Connection
Reducing Stress
Cyberbullying
Career Education and Work Standards