Counselor’s Corner Syllabus
Deana C. Sexton
Summit Elementary School Counselor
830 State Route 716
Ashland, KY 41102
Office Hours: 7:30 am- 3:00pm
(606) 928-6533 ext. 2806
Certified counselors are responsible for the organization and management of school counseling services in the school.
Counselors work with students, parents, teachers, and administrators to help students achieve school success and prepare for meaningful, productive living. School counseling services are child-centered, developmental, and preventive, and classroom lessons are designed to encourage students' academic, social/ emotional, and career awareness at each stage of their development.
What Are the Objectives of the Guidance and Counseling Program?
Summit Elementary School Counseling Program addresses the learner goals and outcomes outlined in the Practical Living/Vocational Studies Kentucky Core Content of Studies.
What Does a School Counselor Do?
- Counsels with students individually and/or in groups
- Gains understanding through observation and participation in the classroom
- Helps students relate to others
- Promotes positive attitudes and values among students
- Provides systematic and developmental classroom guidance lessons to all students
- Assists staff and parents in helping students
- Participates actively in the referral process of students to special programs and/or services
- Analyzes test results to provide information about abilities, achievement, interests and needs
- Coordinates efforts with other school specialists
- Adheres to ethical and legal standards
How Is a Student Referred to the School Counselor?
- Teacher, administrator or staff referral
- Parent referral
- Counselor observation
Why Do Parents Contact a School Counselor?
- Academic achievement
- Special needs of students
- Student crisis situations
- Family transitions
What are the Qualifications for a School Counselor?
Masters Degree or Rank I in guidance and counseling in an approved guidance and counseling program; recommended Kentucky State Certification in guidance and counseling plus one year of teaching experience.
Programs used in counseling lessons include I Care Cat, Kelso Frog, Popcorn Park, NetSmartz, Don’t Laugh at Me, Character Classics, other Character Education resources and children’s literature. These programs are incorporated in the program titled The Leader in Me, based on Stephen Covey’s 7 Habits of Happy Kids which will be a foundation for this year’s school counseling lessons. I will be seeing your student every other week for lessons beginning on August 6. My lessons take place in Summit’s library where technology, such as the SmartBoard, CPS ‘clickers, internet and other computer programs are used to support student learning.
For a full 9 weeks during the school year, I will meet with classes on Fridays where I will be discussing and reinforcing economics topics using programs and lessons recommended by the Kentucky Council on Economic Education and/or Internet Safety.
Tentative Schedule of Activities
(* The order in which topics are presented my varyby grade level, scheduling, etc…)
1st 9 weeks 2nd 9 weeks
Introduction/Review to The Leader in Me Program Habit 2: Begin With The End in Mind
Habit 1: Be Proactive -Goal- Setting, Career Awareness
-Listening, Making Choices, Self-Confidence Habit 3: Put First Things First
-Responsibility for self, prioritizing, organization
3rd 9 weeks 4th 9 weeks* State Testing for students occurs within the last 14 days of school*
Habit 4: Think Win-Win Habit 6: Synergize
-Conflict Resolution, Communication -Sportsmanship, Cooperation, Initiative
Habit 5: Seek First to Understand, Habit 7: Sharpen The Saw
Then to be Understood - Feelings, Safety
- Friendship, Citizenship
After the first 3 weeks of school, I will be inviting students to participate in small group sessions throughout the school year.
New this year: Counselor Led Book Clubs to address literacy needs as well as meeting the social and emotional needs of students!! More info coming soon!!!
Small Groups provide additional support and friendship opportunities for children as well as the opportunity to address particular concerns. Some of the small groups possibly offered are:
Changing Family- for students coping with divorce, separation or blended families; Smiling Faces- for students who tend to worry and stress a lot and need strategies to learn to calm down and keep a positive attitude; Friendship- for students who could benefit from learning about making and keeping new friends; It's Cool to be Me- for students who could use an extra boost to see how wonderful they are; Study Skills- for students who need a little guidance with how to study, manage time and organize themselves for class.
Special 5th grade lunchtime small groups in which all students will be encouraged to participate will address topics such astransitioning to middle school as well as addressing relational aggression amongst friends and how to handle it.
Websites to learn more about school counseling and school counseling programs and just helpful information :
Parent Information Center www.parentcenter.com
The Leader in Me theleaderinme.org
Kid’s Health kidshealth.org
My name is Deana Sexton and I am excited to be at Summit Elementary for another wonderful year! This will be my 12th year at Summit Elementary, and this will be my 18th year teaching in Boyd County Schools. I received my Bachelor of Science from Eastern Kentucky University in 1998 and Masters Degree from Morehead State University in 2003. I have been married to my wonderful husband for nearly 18 years and we have 2 sons, an 11 year old 6th grader at BCMS and a 5 year old Kindergartener here at Summit. I am a Past-President in the Kentucky School Counselor Association and am also very active on the Policy Committee for that organization. I am also a member of Eastern Kentucky Counseling Association, Kentucky Association of School Administrators and American School Counselor Association.
I am looking forward to spending time with all of the Summit Wildcats this year and please do not hesitate to call if you have any questions concerning your student or the school counseling program here at Summit.