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*School Safety Team Chairperson
LIFE IS A JOURNEY...KIDS NEED A GUIDE!
As a PARENT, one of your greatest dreams is to see that your children achieve theirs. As a school counselor,we are trained to help your child(ren) reach their full potential.
There is a common misconception that the only role of the school counselor is to help students get into college. But there are countless situations we can help them get out of too.
Every day, students face challenges - tough classes, peer pressure, anxiety, friendship issues - it’s a long list.
And even the best parents with the best intentions don’t always know what’s on their children’s minds.
Often, children are more willing to open up to someone who doesn’t have the power to ground them or to grade them - someone who exists purely to guide them.
It’s been said that life is a journey, so make sure your kids have a guide. A collaborative relationship with your children’s school counselor can reinforce that they are heading in the right direction.
We don’t have to pretend to have all of the answers, but we do have infinite resources.
Give me a call because there is a textbook for everything - except life.
Franklin Township School Guidance Program Overview
The Guidance Program is designed to help students develop positive self-concepts and effective decision-making skills. Group Guidance, as well as individual counseling, is available to every student in the school district. Group Guidance assists the student in social adjustments, value judgments, and constructive school citizenship. Individual counseling services provide students with assistance surrounding school-related concerns. Crisis counseling services are also provided as appropriate. Counseling services are intended to provide students with short-term, problem-solving intervention when needed. If more intensive, long-term intervention is deemed necessary, parents/guardians will be contacted and a referral to an outside agency will be suggested.
The Guidance Counselor assists all 8th grade students in preparing their freshman high school schedules. The counselor holds "Classroom Meetings" once per week for all middle school students. The Second Step Curriculum is used to teach each lesson. For more information on the Second Step Curriculum is used to teach each lesson. For more information on the Second Step Curriculum please visit their website, http://www.cfchildren.org/programs/ssp/ms/ , or call or email the counselor with your questions. The counselor visits all K-5th grade classrooms to do guidance lessons throughout the year. Classroom lesson topics include empathy, anger management, impulse control and problem solving, internet safety, and more.
In addition, the Intervention and Referral Service (I&RS) is available to assist students, teachers and parents. Please contact me for specific information on I&RS or visit our website. I&RS information is posted under district information and links.
In order for the Guidance Counselor to be effective, it is important that she be made aware of a student's needs as soon as possible. Please do not hesitate to contact the school counselor if you feel your child needs assistance in school.
I have developed the following resource list for parents and students on different topics that you might find helpful.
- Books Dealing with Children's Mental Health Topics
- Homework Checklist, Behavior Plan, and Contract
- U.S. Department of Education site has excellent helping your child series that covers everything from math activities, reading, test-taking skills, internet guide, parent/child learning activities.
- National Parent Information Network site. A very nice, non-commercial site by the ERIC educational clearinghouse project. This is a fantastic resource.
- National PTSO site. http://www.pta.org/
- Dr. O'Callaghan provides an overview of the Home/School Collaboration approach. Offers insights into children's behavior and a common sense approach for parents.
- Dr. Rosemond, clinical psychologist, national speaker on Affirmative Parenting. A wealth of practical advice and suggestions for parents.
- Dr. Jane Nelson offers a wealth of resources for parents and teachers. Questions of the week provide strategies for dealing with common problems experienced by parents.
- The official website of the State of New Jersey with links to various departments, school data, and family/school partnerships.
- Educational Resource Center, State of New Jersey.