Counselor Corner

A School Counseling Blog

  • A modern school counselor offers comprehensive services in Academics, Social/Emotional Support, and College/Career Exploration. The purpose of this blog is to help you learn more about these topics and have a way to connect with the school counselor. 

    Remember, if you ever want to set up a time to talk to Amanda, you can request a meeting through THIS google form.

  • Guidance Curriculum

    Posted by Amanda Sitron on 9/21/2020

    Hello everyone!

    Its a "thing" in the school counseling world that we are no longer referred to as guidance counselors, because we do so much more than guidance. Modern school counselors offer comprehensive programming in the areas of academics, college and career, and social/emotional areas. However, we do still provide guidance!

    Within the next two weeks I will be attending all advisories to provide guidance curriculum about three things: A Virtual Calming Room Module in Headrush, the PSP (Postsecondary Plan) Module in Headrush, and a needs assessment. 

    I am really excited about the Virtual Calming Room module that I created in Headrush. Since we have students accessing their education from so many places, they don't necessarily always have access to their coping mechanisms that they may normally use. This module has videos, activities, and app suggestions that were chosen with the intention of being a way to take a break and invite calm into the day, if needed. Students are welcome to go into the Headrush Warehouse, and make this module actove for their own Headrush Dashboard. I encourage students to add their own resources that work well for them, and to discuss with their advisor what they could do to earn some Health Learning Targets, if they wanted to take a deeper dive with it.

     Calming Room Module

    The PSP Module is only for high schoolers. The purpose of this module is to explore potential careers after high school, and what type of education or training might be necessary to obtain employment in those careers. Every high schooler should have this as an active module in their Headrush. Parents- I encourage you to ask your student to show you what they are doing in this module!

    Finally, students will be participating in a needs assessment. The goal of this assessment is to guide my work for the school year. Modern school counselors use data driven approaches to their work, in order to increase our effectiveness and provide the most relevant services. The needs assessment is a short google form, where students can indicate areas where they would like to learn more or receive more support in the academic/college and career/social emotional domains.

    The year is off and running, and I look forward to connecting with the students this year through this guidance curriculum. As always, feel free to email me with any questions or concerns!

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  • Back to School!

    Posted by Amanda Sitron on 9/9/2020

    Hello JGESA Community!

    Welcome to the Counselor’s Corner Blog. I am excited to have a new opportunity to connect with you all and provide you with resources, tools, and methods to find success during your time at JGESA and beyond. 

    It has been quite the summer! I have enjoyed water adventures with my family, going to the beach and river kayaking whenever possible. Both of my kids have summer birthdays, so that is also always a fun time for our family. Beyond that, the JGESA team and I have been preparing for what may come in these uncertain times and how that may impact the school year. However, I can say that it has been an opportunity to tap into the creative side of my career to try out and develop innovative approaches to school counseling. Whatever may come, I am privileged to serve the JGESA community for the upcoming school year, and have tons of ideas that I look forward to implementing.

    Some news on the college and career front: Many colleges are going test optional, meaning that they will not require ACT/SAT scores to admit students. See THIS website for a fairly comprehensive listing. However, some course placements and private scholarships may still be impacted by scores from these tests, so I would encourage you to contact your post-secondary options to get full details. As of now, JGESA is still planning on offering the ACT in October, but students can always sign up for a national test date at ACT.org. Keep your eyes open for more information coming soon. 

    If you had a chance to read my back to school letter, you’ll see some tips I’ve given for the school year. Academically, we may have to flit between various plans depending on what is necessary to keep our community healthy. As a parent and an educator, I know how difficult it is to maintain a sense of normalcy, when we can’t expect anything to be “normal”. That being said, I encourage everyone to take a look at the three plans that we may utilize during the school year, and plan how your family will best try to stick to a routine that allows for as much normalcy as possible. Think about how your child will attend to their academic needs such as checking in with their advisories, meeting with advisors, and working on their projects. How will they get the physical activity that is built into their school day? And of equal importance, how will your student get breaks from the screen time that is increased during distance and hybrid learning options? Attendance is a basic building block for a successful academic experience, and that was evident in the spring successes we saw from students who regularly checked in and met with advisors.

    Please refer to my back to school letter for some mental health resources. Do not hesitate to reach out to an advisor or myself if mental health is beginning or continuing to be a struggle. Also, consider proactively incorporating mindfulness into your daily routine. Mindfulness has been a hot topic of study, and many researchers are finding that it can reduce depression and anxiety, and increase cognitive functioning. Headrush has a virtual calming room module available for students to access as they would like. HERE you can also find a free series of webinars hosted by Change to Chill. Take a look and see if any of the topics would be of value to you and your family!

    Until next time, take care and be well.

    -Amanda

     

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