Only a Month?

I was thinking yesterday, being the 13th, it had only been one month since school started! Thinking of everything that’s happened since the first day of school, it seems like we’ve been hard at work for a much longer time.

I’ve been able to get into most of the classrooms to introduce myself and what my job is. I’ve also had several students use the “Help Ticket” to let me know they’d like to talk. I’ve helped students solve friendship problems, discuss grief and loss, find community resources, and problem solve around problems at home. It’s good to feel needed!

I have also been spending a lot of time preparing for the bullying lessons which will begin the 24th. I’m hoping to make them as fun and informative as possible. Look for information to be coming home about the bullying curriculum, as well as a home link each time I do a lesson.

September is Here!

Wow! It’s already September! I’m happy to report we are fully into our school year, and into learning. During these first weeks, I’ve worked to meet with every student who is new to Everett. I was able to have some new student groups the first few weeks, but since then have worked to make sure every new student to Everett feels welcomed. I’ve also completed an introductory lesson about myself and the services I provide to half of the grade-level classrooms. I’ll be finishing these lessons in the next couple of weeks, and then starting on the bullying curriculum lessons which are new to LPS this year! I’m excited to start these lessons!

Please know you can always reach out to me if you have any questions. You can call the school at 436-1159, but the best way to reach me is at my e-mail address: hharris2@lps.org.

We’re Rolling…Almost!

We are in our third day of school, and our final shortened schedule day! This week has been very different for me as a school counselor than it had been as a teacher. I’ve had the chance to get a lot of “behind the scenes” work done. I’ve ordered books and supplies for the counseling room, created forms, made lists, and done lots and lots of reading!

I’m hoping to spend the next few days meeting new-to-Everett students. Then in the next few weeks, I’ll start going into every classroom to introduce myself as well as introduce students to what a school counselor is. I thought I would share some of that information here too.

A school counselor is someone who is available for ALL students within a school. There is no special “list” a student needs to be on in order for them to speak with the counselor. I will be doing classroom lessons once a month, as well as working with small groups of students and at times, individual students. However, a school counselor is not a therapist. If a student is in need of long term and/or intensive treatment, I will work with the family and other school personnel to identify a different person for them to meet with.