Guidance

    

Highview Elementary School

SCHOOL COUNSELOR

Melissa Lipson

“Be​ the H.E.R.O. in YOU!” Helping Everyone Respect Others​ ​! 

 

Guidance and Counseling Program

The goal of the school counselor is to support the healthy growth and development of the whole child (social, emotional and academic) in his/her world of school, home and community.  This process of growth is encouraged through monthly school wide lessons, small group counseling, individual counseling, consultation with parents and teachers and coordination of services.

  • School-Wide Character Education Programs:  The Counselor and the Social Emotional Learning Committee coordinate the following school-wide character education initiatives for the year.
      • Bucket-Filling Program is a concept we use at Highview created by the author Carol McCloud of her best -selling book, “ Have You Filled A Bucket Today? A Guide to Daily Happiness for Kids.”  Mrs. Hink, our librarian read this book to all students. Students and staff are encouraged to fill others (invisible) buckets by being respectful, kind and caring.  In return, a bucket-filler receives the good feelings associated with doing the right thing. Students also learn when to put their lid on no one can take away their good feelings about themselves.       

  Bucket Filling  

  • Kelso’s Choice- Our Conflict-Management Program that teaches students how to solve small problems peacefully using the strategies on Kelso’s Wheel, differentiate between small and big problems and knowing when to ask for help.


 Kelso's Choice 

  • School-Wide Social Emotional Learning Lessons:  Planned, educational lessons designed to help students understand and deal with normal developmental issues.  Topics include character education, developing a growth mindset, power of “yet”, self-awareness, self-management, responsible decision making, relationship skills & social awareness. These lessons are provided for all students through monthly assembly programs provided by the counselor as well as collaboration of all teachers and staff.

     

  • Word of the Month: Each month a different character trait is displayed and practiced.
  • “Mindfulness” in the Classroom: By incorporating “Mindful Listening” and “Mindful Movement” exercises, we will bring increased self-awareness, self-regulation and focus to improve learning and social emotional growth.

Services

  •  “Lunch Bunch” Groups: Students will be invited to attend small group sessions with the counselor that allow the opportunity for students to learn and talk with each other in a safe and fun environment while eating their lunch. Possible group topics may include:
    • Regulating emotions, thoughts & behaviors
    • Managing stress, controlling impulses
    • Motivation
    • Establishing/maintaining healthy relationships
    • Responsible Decision-Making

*These groups are formed based on student needs. This format uses an educational model that is goal-centered and oriented toward enhancing and developing coping skills.  Some common types of counseling groups deal with excessive worries, divorce/separation, friendship, self-esteem, anger and grief or loss.  These groups are confidential in nature.

  • Welcoming New Students”: Groups which allow students to socialize with one another and the counselor without the structure and parameters of a formal counseling group.
  • Individual Counseling: Students who attend short term school counseling will discuss academic, personal or social issues that may be impacting their performance in or out of the classroom one-on-on with the school counselor.  We will work together to resolve problems, enhance decision-making skills, and/or build coping skills.  We will formulate a plan for success.  Positive support plans for school/and or home may be implemented. This is a confidential relationship and is a short-term limited intervention (not intensive therapy).
  • Referral to outside agenciesThe counselor maintains a comprehensive list of specialists who may be helpful in the event of a concern beyond the scope of school counseling services.
  • Consultation with teachers, parents, and specialists