Counseling

Our Counselors:
Mrs. Marigrace Wilkes, School Counselor

Who is a school counselor?

A school counselor must earn a Master’s Degree in school counseling and hold 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.

The primary role of school counselors is to help students learn and develop to their highest potential socially, emotionally, and academically. The school counseling program provides students with early interventions as well as preventative strategies to ensure that all students achieve success in school and in life.

School Counselor Services include: classroom guidance, individual counseling, group counseling, parent and teacher consultation and support, testing and gifted education information.

An important part of the school counselor’s role is consultation. Counselors may consult with parents, faculty, other school staff, and community agencies in order to best meet the individual needs of all students.

Counselors conduct a variety of classroom guidance lessons throughout the year in order to provide students with information relevant to their need or concerns. These lessons may include problem solving skills, study skills, career exploration, decision-making skills, and future educational planning.

Counselors coordinate a variety of special programs within their schools. At Robious, these include arranging special informational Parent Coffees, helping students transition to middle school, working with students who might need various academic services (such as gifted educational services), and coordinating a core values program to help reinforce character education lessons.

We also offer Small Groups. These groups meet weekly and are need and age specific. Students will gather in our room once a week for 4-6 weeks at a non-academic time. Parents and teachers may request that children attend a group. Topics such as managing anger, changing families, friendship, study skills, self esteem, grief/loss, anxiety/stress and social skills will be covered.

We have five school wide character traits that were selected by our faculty, and are integral in all we do here at Robious, these traits are known as the “Robious Way”. They are: Integrity, Perseverance, Compassion, Commitment to Quality, and Collaboration. These particular traits were selected because they promote a culture of caring about others, one of our core beliefs as an Expeditionary Learning School. In all classrooms at all grade levels the children will learn what these words mean, as well as the actions of those who exhibit these traits.

Classroom Guidance Lessons

Classroom Guidance is a developmental program of classes designed to foster students’ academic, career, and personal/social development. Classes are preventative in nature and empower students with self-knowledge, coping strategies, and life skills that will assist them in becoming problem solvers, collaborative workers, and responsible citizens.

Common Classroom Guidance Topics:

  • Bullying
  • Self-Esteem
  • Decision Making
  • Getting Along with Others
  • Tattling
  • Self-Control
  • Stress Management
  • Organization
  • Internet Safety
  • Responsibility