The school counseling program is a developmental and comprehensive program for all students. It emphasizes three main areas for student growth:
* academic and educational achievement
* career decision making, and
* personal and social development.
The counselor's role is defined in terms of responsibilities in the areas of:
- classroom guidance lessons to every student
- small group guidance on selected topics
- middle school and kindergarten transitions
- responsive counseling services with individuals in need
- whole school program support
- consultation to staff and parents
Classroom guidance is delivered monthly to each of our homerooms kindergarten through fifth grade. The objectives of the lessons cover counseling SOLs in each of the three main areas of the county’s counseling curriculum: academic, career and social/emotional areas. Topics include making decisions, setting goals, school success, conflict resolution, friendship skills, making healthy choices, bully awareness, anger management, and career choices among others.
Lessons are frequently delivered in an interactive, game format giving the students a chance to practice the skills needed to show competency in the different areas.
Please call me anytime (582-5445) to make an appointment to come in and discuss any concerns you may have about your child. Many times the issues you are dealing with are common to other parents and may be developmental. Other times, you may need to look for support from community agencies to deal with issues that are affecting not only your child, but your whole family.
The Parent Resource Center is an excellent resource for parenting sessions throughout the year and has a wealth of material for parents to use. Their new location is at the newly renovated Center for Family and Preschool services building. It is next door to our school. Check out their website by clicking here
or call the center for more information. 540-582-3616
PBIS (Positive Behavior Intervention Support)
The entire staff at Robert E. Lee promotes positive character development growth in all our students. Classroom guidance lessons often center around character traits such as friendship, honesty, cooperation, respect and citizenship. Students are encouraged and recognized in a variety of ways by our staff for showing good character and positive behavior.
As counselor, one of my responsibilities is to also monitor student attendance. Regular and timely attendance is linked to a positive school experience and academic achievement. Robert E. Lee staff members work hard to encourage good attendance. Students with excellent weekly attendance are recognized. When students begin to have unexcused absences or tardies, a staff member may call home to talk to the parent to see how the situation can be improved. If unexcused absences continue, a letter will be sent home. If absences become excessive, a meeting is usually scheduled with the school social worker, counselor, teacher and administrator to address how to correct the problem.