1030 N. McKinley Road
Arlington, VA 22205
703-228-5280
Fax: 703-538-4982
Monday, March 27, 2017

Counseling

Overview
 
Why Elementary School Counselors?
 Elementary School years set the tone for developing the knowledge, attitudes, and skills necessary for children to become healthy, competent and confident learners.  Through a comprehensive developmental school counseling program, school counselors work as a team with the school staff, parents and the community to create a caring climate and atmosphere.  By providing education, prevention, early identification, school counselors can help all children achieve academic success.  The professional elementary school counselor holds a master's degree and required state certification in school counseling.  Maintaining certification includes on-going professional development to stay current with education reform and challenges facing today's students.  Professional association membership enhances the school counselor's knowledge and effectiveness.  (From American School Counselor Association website, www.schoolcounselor.org)
 
 
McKinley School Counseling Program Mission Statement

Beliefs

The professional school counselors at McKinley Elementary School believe:
  • All students have dignity and worth
  • All students have the right to participate in the school counseling program
  • All students’ ethnic, cultural, racial, sexual differences and special needs are considered in planning and implementing the school counseling program
  • All students K-12 shall have access to a full-time, state-certified, master’s degree level school counselor to deliver the counseling program

And that the McKinley Elementary School comprehensive counseling program should:

  • Be based on specified goals and developmental student competencies aligned with county, state and national standards for all students in kindergarten through grade 5.
  • Be planned and coordinated by school counselor(s) in collaboration with other stakeholders (school staff, parent or guardian and community representatives)
  • Utilize the many combined resources of the community to deliver programs
  • Collaborate with stakeholders to monitor students’ results
  • Use data to drive program development and evaluation

 And that the McKinley Elementary School counselor will:

  • Abide by the professional school counseling ethics as advocated by the American School Counselor Association
  • Participate in professional development activities essential to maintain a quality school counseling program

Mission

It is the mission of the school counseling program at McKinley Elementary to provide a comprehensive and developmentally age-appropriate school counseling program that is aligned with the ASCA national standards for school counseling programs.

 

The counseling program will focus on the diverse needs, interests and issues related to the stages of student growth through academic, career and social emotional development. In partnership with students, staff, families and our community, we strive to prepare students to become effective learners, achieve success in school, live successful and rewarding lives, and develop into contributing members of a global society.

 

Vision Statement

The professional school counseling program at McKinley Elementary is an important part of the educational experience for ALL students. McKinley Students will reach their highest potential with access to a comprehensive, data driven school counseling program. McKinley students are lifelong learners that develop positive relationships, are socially responsible, productive, and ethical citizens.

 
School Counseling Annual Calendar

AUGUST 2015

  • Attend APS and school based PD(Counseling for Careers
  • Review records/collaborate with teachers
  • Attend monthly Lead Teachers & Management Plan meetings
  • Coordinate weekly Clinical Team & Attendance Team Meetings
  • Cardinal Rules Bulletin Board
  • Attend McK Ice Cream Social

SEPTEMBER 2015

  • Attend Back to School Night
  • New to McKinley groups grades 1-5 (5 total)
  • Intro to counselor all classrooms K-5
  • Provide individual counseling and intervention
  • Convene counseling crisis team
  • Meet monthly with grade level teams

OCTOBER 2015

  • Implement school wide Bully Prevention Month in coordination with PE program
  • Staff Bully Prevention & Response Training
  • Attend VSCA Annual Conference
  • Plan core curriculum and small group programs, begin 6 groups
  • Continue individual
  • Begin biweekly classroom lessons grades 1-2
  • Begin weekly lessons in K, monthly grades 3-4
  • Begin monthly Career Café grades 4-5
  • Attend fall conferences as needed
  • Middle School Information Night 10/26 @ WL 7pm

NOVEMBER 2015

  • Present ADHD PD to McK staff
  • Present A2E to Hispanic Parents at potluck dinner
  • Attend Response to Intervention workshop day 1
  • Classroom lessons K-4
  • Continue individual and small groups (6)
  • Attend APS Counselor’s Conference PD
  • Applications for Middle School choices open 11/2/15

DECEMBER 2015

  • Terminate small groups
  • Coordinate Light up Holidays Community Service w/PTA
  • Continue individual and classroom lessons K-4

JANUARY 2016

  • Convene Advisory Committee Meeting
  • Begin classroom lessons in 5, end K, continue 1-4
  • Begin new small groups as needed
  • Continue individual
  • Application for Middle School choices closed 1/22/16

FEBRUARY 2016

  • Coordinate grade 5 transition to middle school registration
  • Present “Too Smart to Start” alcohol prevention program to grade 5 students & parents with school nurse/resource officer
  • Continue individual and small groups
  • Provide classroom counseling 1-5
  • Attend Response to Intervention Workshop day 2
  • Kindergarten Info Night 2/7 @ WL 7pm
  • Summer Activities Fair TBA

MARCH 2016

  • Continue classroom lessons grades 1-5
  • Continue individual and small groups
  • Attend spring conferences as needed
  • Field trip to middle schools grade 5
  • Present work shop on Anxiety to McK community
  • Attend VSCA Group-A-Rama Conference

APRIL 2016

  • Coordinate grade 5 transition grouping cards
  • Continue classroom lessons grades 1-5
  • Present Mental Health Awareness lesson to grade 5
  • Continue individual and small groups, add test taking sessions as needed
  • Attend APS Mental Health First Aid PD Course

MAY 2016

  • Terminate small groups
  • Continue individual
  • Continue classroom lessons 1-5
  • Assist in administration of SOL exams

JUNE 2016

  • Terminate with individual students
  • Evaluation of counseling program
  • End of year report and goal planning 2016-17

 

Last Modified on December 3, 2015
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