Guidance & Counseling: Our Purpose
Welcome to the Athens Elementary School Guidance & Counseling Department. Our goal is to address the needs of students through the implementation of a comprehensive, standards-based, developmental school-counseling program. We work with all students, including those who are considered at-risk and those with special needs. As school counselors, we provide services and individualized support to address academic, social-emotional and behavioral needs.
Our mission is to facilitate the process by which students are prepared to meet the challenges of today and prepare them for success throughout their academic career in order to reach their goals. We pledge our resources for the development of the whole student through a comprehensive, developmental program addressing academic, social, emotional and career needs while fostering attitudes of good citizenship, cultural awareness, lifelong learning and compassion.
School counselors are valuable liaisons between home and school. Staying in contact with us regarding any home or school related issues allows us to work in partnership to address all the needs of each child. Information such as family changes, illness, change of address or phone numbers should be shared with the school counselor.
The Guidance & Counseling Department serves our students and families in many ways:
Developmental Guidance Lessons - School counselors teach students in their classrooms about many topics including: study skills, problem solving, decision making, career choices, bullying, harassment and much more.
Small Groups - School counselors work with groups of students with similar concerns to explore their feelings together. Students may need to talk about issues such as divorce, struggles in school, loss, anger, body image etc.
Individual Counseling - School counselors meet with students privately and confidentially to discuss issues on a one-to-one basis.
Consultation - School counselors work in a collaborative partnership with parents, teachers,
administrators, school support staff, and community members in order to plan and implement strategies to help students to be successful in school.
Coordination - School counselors assist parents in obtaining needed services for their children through a referral and follow-up process. Counselors serve as a liaison between the school and community agencies to collaborate their efforts for the benefit of the students.
We are here to meet with students and parents invdivually or together. Please reach out anytime.