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    Welcome!! My name is Sharon Gibson MS, the School Counselor at Washington Elementary School.  I am so excited to be a part of Washington! This is my 20th year in education, I have taught Pre-K - 5th grade & Adult ESL.  My certifications include: School Counseling,  Elementary Education, Special Ed., ESL, & Reading.   

    What does this mean for your child? This means that I pay close attention to every student in the building and how he/she 'connects' to his/her education and therefore achieves to the maximum level possible.  I help your child and all school stakeholders to creatively problem-solve any issues that may (temporarily or otherwise) pose an obstacle to the learning process.

    What is a School Counselor?
    I am a (minimum Master's level) certified, trained, and caring professional who works with all students, parents, teachers, staff and the community, in order for every student to achieve academic and social success. School Counseling services are delivered in four specific ways:

    • Classroom Counseling Curriculum- designing ,structuring, and delivering classroom lessons so that students develop specific outcome-driven competencies in all grades PK-5 (personal/social, academic, career)and driven by the needs of the school population
    • Individual Student Planning- assisting students with goal formation/planning (behavioral, academic, etc.)
    • Responsive Services- meeting immediate student needs (counseling, crisis intervention, consultation, referral, peer mediation, information-providing)
    • System Support- schoolwide program planning and implementation (PBIS, Instructional Leadership Teaming, etc.), consulting with other professionals, coordination of various supports for students and families

     How does your child experience school counseling services?

    • Individual Counseling- Sessions are designed to provide a safe, positive, non judgmental, & confidential setting.  Topics are based on the needs of the student and may include: understanding feelings, changing families/divorce, grief, stress, social skills, academics, bullying, problem-solving, and decision-making.
    • Small Group Counseling- A process where students sharing similar issues or concerns work together in a small group environment consisting of about 3-6 peers. The group sessions usually last about 30 minutes and are held for approximately 6-8 weeks. Topics are based on the needs of the students and may include divorce or changing families, grief and loss, friendship and social skills, study skills, conflict resolution, anger management, self-esteem, and stress-management.
    • Classroom Counseling lessons- I develop and implement K-4 classroom curriculum driven by national and county school counseling outcomes.  I often co-plan and co-teach lessons with other professionals in the building to support social and emotional growth across curricular areas.  Classroom lessons are regularly scheduled and address personal, social, academic, and career-related needs at the child's developmental level.  Topics may include self-esteem, conflict resolution, study skills, anger management, career awareness, tattling/reporting, friendship/social skills, responsibility, respect, teasing/bullying, feelings, cooperation, goal setting/decision-making, and peer pressure.  I almost always send home a letter to parents after each and every classroom lesson because I believe that a strong home-school partnership is what's best for kids.    

    School Counselor Leadership Roles:

    • Character Education
    • 504 Coordinator
    • Crisis Response Team/Counseling-Response
    • Student Services Team member  

    Counseling Techniques:

    • Play-Therapy- often described as the "language of children" (games, books, toys, anatomically correct dolls)

    • Sand Tray an expressive and dynamic play process using sand to explore

    • Conflict-Resolution processes (working out disagreements)

    • Behavioral Coaching/Role Plays (goal-setting & encouragement)

    • Therapeutic Games (card & board games focused on developing coping skills)

    • Active Listening & Academic/Organizational Skill-Development (study skills, etc.)

    R-Time: R-Time is a relationship building program focusing on random pair work. Lessons are 15-20 minutes in length taught every Friday. 
    Show good manners and respect at all times. Care for everyone and everything.

     
    P.A.W.S. The Positive Behavioral Intervention Support program has widespread results in reducing discipline issues. This initiative covers character education and is implemented into monthly guidance lessons by the counselor. You may refer to the student handbook for further explanation of our P.A.W.S. in action.

    Character Counts! 


    "Intelligence plus character– that is the true goal of education.” -MLK

    Here at Washington our character education program is “Character Counts!” It contains six pillars/traits designed for the purpose of positively impacting the behavior and academic success of each student by creating a caring learning environment that develops successful students and good citizens.
     
    Age-appropriate guidance lessons to cover these traits are taught by the counselor. Outstanding students who demonstrate the character word of the month receive recognition and rewards.

    Six Pillars of Character

     

    Respect
    *Follow the Golden Rule!
    *Be tolerant of differences. 
    *Use manners.
    *No put downs.
    *Be considerate.
    *Don’t threaten, hurt /hit anyone.
    *Deal peaceful w/anger/insults.

    Trustworthiness
    *Be honest.
    *Don’t deceive, cheat, or steal. 
    *Be reliable.
    *Be loyal.
    *Build a good reputation.
    *Have the courage to do the right thing.

    Citizenship
    *Do your share to make your school better.
    *Cooperate.
    *Be a good neighbor.
    *Obey the laws and rules.
    *Respect authority.
    *Protect the environment.

    Responsibility
    *Do what you are supposed to do.
    *Persevere-keep trying! 
    *Use self-control.
    *Think before you act. 
    *Be accountable for your choices.
    *Consider consequences.

    Caring
    *Be kind.
    *Show you care.
    *Be compassionate.
    *Express gratitude.
    *Forgive others.
    *Help others in need.
    *Put others first.

    Fairness
    *Play by the rules.
    *Take turns.
    *Be open-minded.
    *Listen to others.
    *Don’t take advantage of others.
    *Don’t blame others carelessly.

     

     Great Website Resources for Parents:

    Child Development:      

    Connect with Kids

    Sandbox LearningTake a Stand, Lend a Hand, Stop Bullying Now! (kid-friendly webisodes and games) 

     

    Parenting/Discipline:

    Developmentally-Appropriate Discipline

    Grandparents and Relatives Raising Children

    Scream- Free Parenting

    Stress-Free Kids  

     

    Back to School:

    Kindergarten Readiness   

    Back to School Readiness Checklist

    Printable Checklists.com (morning routine checklist) 

    CSEFEL Family Routines Guide (awesome behavior-resource for parents of young children)

      

    Bullying:

    Pacer: Kids Against Bullying

    Bully Prevention - PBIS

    Bully Prevention In Positive Behavior Support - PBIS.org

    PBIS Stop Walk and Talk.wmv - YouTube

    CCPS Bullying Resource List 

    Stop Bullying Now!

     

    Internet Safety:

    Common Sense Media Internet Safety  

    Netsmartz.org (partner of Nat'l Center for Missing/Exploited Children) 

    Connect Safely

    How To Study.com 

    Resources for Parents: Homework Help 

    Good Homework Habits 

     

    Diverse Populations/ Special Needs:

    Overcoming Shyness in Young Children 

    Childhood Depression: AACAP

    Friendship Puzzle 

    Autism Speaks 
    Computers for Families in Need 

    CHADD-Children and Adults with Attention Deficit Disorder

    MSDE ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder) Resource Site

     
     
    Grief/Loss:

    All Kids Grieve 

    ADEC (Grief Education/Counseling) 

    PBS Kids: Middle School Transitions 

    Smoothing your Child's Transition to Middle School 

    Scholastic.com Making the Transition to Middle School 

    National Middle School Association- Transitioning to Middle School                    

      

    Great "EI" (emotional intelligence) Website Resources for Kids (more to come!):

    The Feelings Game   

    Kidvision Feelings-Fun 

    PBS Kids: Arthur's Feelings Game 

    Julia's Rainbow Corner: Feelings Game 

     

    Character Education

    "Bucketfillers 101": Kindness and Respect 

    Teaching Tolerance: Diversity Acceptance

     

    Other good sites:
    The Partnership at DrugFree.org
    Prevent Child Abuse
    KidsHealth for Parents
    Video: Don't Laugh at Me
    Scholastic for Parents
    Stop, Walk, And Talk Strategy - PBIS World