WHAT COUNSELORS DOSchool counselors are a part of your child's education team who work together with other school personnel to help support your child at school. We work with students' short term one-on-one, in small groups, and in their classroom through our classroom guidance activities. School counselors help parents and teachers better understand their student's social, emotional, and educational needs. We teach skills in leadership, test-taking, decision making, coping, communication, personal safety and protection, positive peer relationships, and career awareness. In addition, school counselors are available to offer support during crisis situations.Your child can visit the counselor if he or she is concerned about: making friends, adapting to a new school, classroom behavior, coping with family changes such as a new family member, divorce or death, completing work, being bullied, and anything that interferes with school success.School counselors are advocates on behalf of ALL students.
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Make a plan for after school activities. Schedule adequate time for homework, play, and sports.
Scale back TV time. There is never a quiz on what you watched on TV, but maybe for the book, you should be reading!
Establish a family reading time. Reading is for everyone and you may get to be the teacher for younger siblings.
Establish a bedtime for school nights. You should have at least 8 hours of sleep.
Keep a large calendar. Mark each family member's activities in a different colored pen.
Collect important phone numbers. Update friends, parent's work, the school's office, after-school programs, and neighbors.
Create a "homework question" phone list. Determine which classmates you can call when you don't know what to do.
Have a backup plan. Find another adult who will help you if you do not understand your work, like a neighbor or an older sibling.
Spruce up a study space for yourself. Include pens, pencils, a dictionary, and other needed supplies.
Set up a file for school papers. Place all school notices in it so you don't misplace them.
Get in the habit of getting ready the night before school. Set out clothes, pack lunch, and put your backpack by the front door.
Parents: please contact the counselor for resources concerning specific topics
When to Call a Counselor
If you have a concern about your child and are not sure who to call, school counselors are a good start.
When to call a counselor:
- When your student is having difficulty achieving academically
- When your family changes interfere with academic progress
- When you want to promote educational success and become involved at our school
- When you need help regarding attendance issues
- When you want to discover available community resources and agencies for your student and/or your family
Counselors see classes on a regular basis. Guidance lessons follow Gwinnett County Counseling Competencies and Standards and address topics such as careers, testing, study skills, decision making, friendship, personal safety, and problem-solving.
Counselors see students individually at the request of a teacher, parent or student. Counselors may also make referrals to outside agencies when requested by a parent or when they feel it is necessary.
Students are referred by teachers or parents to participate in small group counseling. Group topics include family changes, grief & loss, positive behaviors, social skills, self-concept, academic support, and school success.
Counselors consult and collaborate with a number of individuals including teachers, other counselors, school social workers, DFACS, parents, and administrators in an effort to support our students and remove any barriers to learning.