Here at Salem Middle School, YOU are the focus!
The Salem Middle School counseling program optimizes academic, personal/social, and career development of students through the delivery of a variety of services based on the National Standards for School Counseling Programs. The guidance and counseling staff:
- Support and maximize student learning.
- Provide the foundation for personal and social growth.
- Provide the foundation for acquiring the skills, attitudes, and knowledge that enable students to make a successful transition from school to the world of work.
Individual, group, and classroom activities are an integral part of the total education experience. This program is sensitive to the unique needs of the student and includes multicultural and diversity issues. Collaboration with faculty and administration is essential to the success and development of the counseling program. Services are maximized through family and community involvement. Ultimately, as advocates, the goal is to assist all students in reaching their greatest potential
Academic Advisement – Academic advisement is a broad area of service that the guidance and counseling staff provides at the elementary level. Through classroom and group settings, lessons are presented on key learning skills. Conferencing with parents, students, teachers, and administration on an on-going basis is an essential part of the counseling program. The academic progress of the student is discussed throughout the educational experience with the guidance and counseling staff and is instrumental in the student’s success.
Educational Assessment: Analysis & Application – The guidance and counseling staff utilize performance data gathered through district benchmarks in reading and math to collaborate with parents, teachers, and other school staff members to facilitate individualized academic planning. The performance data is analyzed and recommendations are made for remediation services, and referrals to the Intervention and Referral Service or the Child Study Team.
Family Conferencing – The guidance and counseling staff meets with student, teachers, and parents on a regular basis to discuss academic and personal/social issues. Conferences may include academic progress, adjustment to school rules and regulations, and special needs of individual students. Parent conferences are held at the request of teachers, parents, students, administrators, and other school personnel.
Liaison to Child Study Team – The guidance and counseling staff is an active participant in the entire referral process. The counselor collaborates with members of the Child Study Team including the school psychologist, learning consultant, and social worker. The Child Study Team referral process for the child begins when a student demonstrates an academic or behavioral need that has not been met through Intervention and Referral Service (I&RS). As liaison, the guidance and counseling staff organizes referral data, serves as the student’s advocate at the determination, evaluation, annual review meetings, and provides counseling per the individual education plan (IEP).
Partnerships with Teachers/Parents/Students – The guidance and counseling staff collaborates with teachers, parents, and students, regarding time management, progress reports, positive reinforcement, and daily schedules to provide students with key skills necessary to succeed independently.
Peer Tutoring – Students are paired with a peer to practice and strengthen academic and personal/social skills. This provides additional support and time a student may need to master essential skills.
Intervention and Referral Service (I&RS) – The guidance and counseling staff is instrumental in the Intervention and Referral Service process in that it is the coordinator of the Intervention and Referral Service process. Scheduling, collaborating with administrators and teachers, implementing action plans, attending meetings, maintaining student records, and monitoring the student’s progress are all the responsibilities of the counseling department.
Student Transitional Experiences – Students experience many transitions during their school career. The guidance and counseling staff is there to make transitions simple stepping-stones to the next educational realm. The role of the guidance and counseling staff is to plan and facilitate visits to the next educational setting. Visits are planned for students transitioning from one school building to another. The guidance and counseling staff is in the forefront the entire school year meeting with students individually and in groups to ensure that new students are able to assimilate into the school environment
PERSONAL AND SOCIAL DEVELOPMENT
Character Education-The guidance and counseling staff promotes character education through classroom lessons, group lessons, school events, and school displays.
Mentorship Programs – The guidance and counseling staff is involved in organizing and implementing programs to enhance self-esteem. This confidence boost enables a child to become a more successful student. Mentoring programs, such as one-on-pairing of a child and an adult for in-school support, target the student that would benefit most from the individual attention a mentor can provide. Community organizations such as St. John’s church assist in financial costs of the program.
Home Contacts and Visitations- The counselor, social worker, and truant officer communicate with families regarding academic performance, attendance, behavior, agency referrals, and registration.
Career awareness for elementary students is developed through a variety of perspectives including the purpose of work, habits and attitudes, teamwork, personal, and interpersonal skills, and the connections of work to home, school, and community.
Classroom Speakers- The career awareness experience utilizes community members to share their work experiences with the students and staff. The counselor prepares for the event by contacting participants, providing a schedule for the day and visiting the classrooms to provide background information,
Technology Experiencies- Career awareness is enhanced by the utilization of technology such as videos, computers, and photography.