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Mission Statement

The school counselor has many roles, including advisor to the National Elementary Honor Society. The purpose of this organization is to recognize students for their outstanding academic achievement and personal responsibility, to provide services to the school and community, and to develop leadership skills. Students plan and participate in a community service project to benefit a charitable organization.

What does a school counselor do?

The role of the elementary counselor is to guide, advise, recommend, consult, and assist with the near limitless variety of concerns that students, parents, teachers, administrators, and the community at large may have. Specifically, the thrust of the counseling program is defined by three major goals:

  • To assist students with personal and academic concerns such as coping with stress, learning to study, and behaving appropriately in class.
  • To help students develop educational and career decision-making skills including knowing how to make decisions, developing individual interests and abilities, and learning about job and careers.
  • To aid students in developing interpersonal skills such as resolving conflicts.

Who is a school counselor?

  • A Professional who has earned a Master’s Degree in school counseling.
  • An Educator who holds state certification in school counseling to include counseling theories and practices, human behavior, career education, individual appraisal, and social/cultural issues. Maintaining certification includes on-going professional development to stay current with education reform and challenges facing today’s students. Professional association membership enhances the school counselor’s knowledge and effectiveness.
  • A Specialist who has expertise in age-specific developmental stages of student growth, and the needs, tasks, and student interests related to those stages
Portrait of Ms. Harris

Ms. Harris

Email: cynthia_harris@ccpsnet.net
School Counselor
Portrait of Ms. Lowry

Ms. Lowry

Email: katherine_lowry@ccpsnet
School Counselor

Lesson plans have been designed based on Virginia’s Standards for School Counseling Programs.

School-wide Programs

  • Bullying prevention
  • Conflict management

Classroom Programs

  • Bullying Prevention
  • Decision making
  • Getting along with others
  • Tattling
  • Conflict Resolution
  • Test-taking strategies
  • Study skills
  • Internet Safety

Small Group Counseling

  • Salvaging Sisterhood – For fifth grade girls. Exploring the special challenges of being a girl. Topics include choosing good friends, solving conflicts with other girls, transitioning into middle school.
  • Family Changes – A group for children whose families have gone through recent changes, including separation, divorce, remarriage.
  • CHIPS – A group for CHildren of Incarcerated Parents.
  • STAR – A group for children who are struggling with anger management.
  • Grief & Loss – A group for children who have experienced the recent death of a close family member.

Books Available for checkout in guidance office:

  • 1,2,3 Magic (Discipline) – also available in video cassette
  • Parenting with Love and Logic
  • Homework Without Tears
  • Queen Bees and Wannabees (Girl cliques)
  • Raising Cain: Understanding the Lives of Boys
  • The Essential 55 (School Success)