Guidance and Counseling

Welcome to Roundtown School Guidance & Counseling

Mrs. Susan B. Landis, M.Ed., NBCC
School Counselor, Rountown Elementary

The Role of the Elementary School Counselor . . .

* To assist learners to do and feel their best in school, to facilitate their highest learning potential

* To consult with parents, teachers, administrators, &staff

* To provide brief counseling to learners, individually andin small groups, as needed

* To present periodic developmental guidance classroom lessons

*To contribute to the development of a positive school climate

* To consult with community agencies as appropriate

* To follow the National Ethical Guidelines of the AmericanSchool Counselors Association (ASCA)

* To make school counseling available for all students

* To teach skills for effective living and learning based onthe ASCA standards in the areas: Academic, Social/personal, and Career

In the Classroom

Green Circle

The school counselor visits classrooms periodically to meet all of the students and teach skills to help them grow in the areas recommended by the American School Counselors Association: academics, social-personal, career awareness, as well as many of the state's academic and interpersonal standards. "The Green Circle" is part of the district's curriculum on anti-bullying, which focuses on pro-social skills and diversity awareness, presented in 3 lessons. The "Green Circle" has the goals of bully prevention, appropriate problem solving, and creating a positive learning environment for all students. "Green Circle" is about "Growing our World of People" by showing "Caring, Sharing, & Respect" and recognizes the fact that humans come in different shapes, sizes, colors, abilities, and ethnic backgrounds and that each person chooses his/her circle of friends.These concepts begin in our elementary schools and continue in varying formats throughout the upper grades. The concepts are referred to during the year, to promote a safe, encouraging school climate. Key vocabulary is: "Caring, Sharing, Respect", Include, Exclude, Feelings, Words, Actions, Choices, Mutual Respect, Alike, Different.

Timely Tips & School Counseling NEWs

"Timely Tools for Living and Learning"

Responsive Classroom Practices
Focusing on connecting the academic curriculum and the social curriculum is a large part of Responsive Classroom practices and is a goal of school counseling. May this lead to happy, healthy life-long learning for all!

Timely Playground Problem Solving Tools:

1. Remember the “Problem solving Traffic Light” Model: STOP. (deep breath). THINK, “What can I do?”, GO, make a good, safe choice.
2. Make a "Friends at Recess Plan” to help prevent problems and know what to do at recess time.
3. Use a “Problem Solving Peace Table” to talk, listen, and brainstorm ideas to solve a recess problem.
4. Go to the “Buddy Bench” as a "last stop" if you are having trouble finding a friend to play with or other problem solving strategies are not working.
5. On the "Buddy Bench" a student can rest, think, and continue to look around for what to do or wait for an invitation to play and at that point go with the person who extended the invitation. If two students end up on the Buddy Bench, they can play with each other! All students are encouraged to be problem solvers and seek adult help if the problem becomes too big to handle on their own.

Timely Relaxation and Calming Tools
There are many relaxation strategies that can be taught to children to provide them with self-help, empowering tools when they feel angry, worried, nervous or stressed. Third graders have received a packet of ideas such as: soup/hot cocoa breathing, deep breathing, counting, body/muscle relaxation, visualizing, and "I Can" growth, positive thinking and practiced them during a classroom guidance lesson. These are short exercises that can be done anywhere to relax and refocus whether in a new circumstance, a challenging problem, or testing situation.

Teams of Learners and Small Groups
A team of third grade "Handy Peer Helpers" periodically assists our youngest learners with their letters, sounds, reading, and numbers by playing short games and reading books. Also, Small educational counseling groups are offered on various topics such as friendship skills, school readiness and responsible behavior, coping skills, and can-do confidence builders. Students also participate, from time to time, on "Project-Based Counseling-Art Activities" which contribute to our school community.