School Counseling at Gateway Elementary
The school counseling program follows the mission statement and vision of the school:
- Gateway Elementary provides all children with opportunities to elevate their skills as life-long learners and leaders.
- In this place, we will respect, nurture, and empower every student to achieve greatness.
Students are encouraged to LEARN (Lead, Empower, Achieve, Respect and Nurture).
What is School Counseling?
The school counselor advocates for students, working to advance their academic, career, personal, and social development. The counselor helps students work through problems that may be keeping them from reaching their potential at school.
The school counseling at Gateway is done on three levels. Students are provided with counseling on an individual basis. We also offer small groups counseling, dealing with issues like anger management and how to be a good friend. Guidance lessons are taught in the classroom, addressing issues facing a majority of our students, such as conflict resolution and making good choices. School counselors also involved in:
- Helping to identify and meet the needs of the student
- Providing referrals to outside agencies and serving as a liaison with those agencies
- Serving as a resource for teachers and parents
- Collaborating with special education and administration
- Helping students recognize their own unique potential
- Helping students to develop coping, problem solving, and decision making
- Crisis prevention, intervention, and follow-up
School Counselors can help students with:
- Learning study skills
- Enhancing self-esteem and self-confidence
- Making and keeping friends
- Conflict resolution
- Setting goals
- Learning to practice respect and responsibility
- Adjusting to changes at school and home
- Loss and grief issues
- Dealing with fear and anxiety
The guidance lessons are designed to promote the development of character and the academic growth of our students, using material from Second Step and Mind Up programs. We want all of the students at Gateway to grow into respectful, responsible citizens who are able to contribute in positive ways to their community. Because of this goal, we place a high priority on teaching children specifically what it means to be a person of good character. Lessons are done in each classroom throughout the school year by the school counselor to provide age-appropriate instruction on various aspects of good character.
Second Step is a classroom-based social-skills program for children 4 to 14 years of age. The Second Step lessons are taught in developmentally and age-appropriate ways. Gateway students will have this program and it will continue at the Middle School, so we can build on the concepts and use the same language throughout the district. The program teaches self-regulation skills and social-emotional skills to increase school success and decrease problem behaviors—like impulsive and aggressive behaviors.
Second Step teaches children:
- How to identify and understand their emotions and how others are feeling.
- Ways to reduce impulsiveness and choose positive goals
- Ideas for managing their emotional reactions
- Anger management
- Conflict resolution
- Kindness and respect for others
- Resisting negative peer pressure
- Improvement of study skills and habits
- Developing decision making skills
- Being responsible for one’s behavior
- Skills for improving personal relationships with friends, teachers and family
- Enhancing self-concept
- Coping with crisis situations
The Gateway Ambassadors program provides mentoring, peer counseling and mediation to younger students at our school. The Gateway Ambassadors are fifth graders who are trained in problem solving and conflict resolution, putting those skills to work on the playground, the lunchroom and in the classroom. The Gateway Ambassadors will also provide help at school functions, give school tours, welcome new students and are involved in promoting the school. Mrs. Richardson and Mr. Davis are co-sponsors of the Gateway Ambassadors.
The qualifications for becoming a Gateway Ambassador are:
- Be a good student with good grades
- Have a positive attitude toward school
- Be willing to support fellow students
- Be good listeners and have effective communication skills
- Must be able to problem-solve effectively
- Show leadership skills
Gateway Counseling Program Standards
The Counseling Program at Gateway follows the guidelines set by the American School Counseling Association. Under the ASCA model, every student has the right to:
- Respect and dignity as a human being.
- Self-direction and self-development.
- Privacy: Counselor complies with all confidentiality laws, policies, and ethical standards.
- ASCA standards require that the counselor respects the responsibilities of parents and advocates for student safety.
If you feel like your child would benefit from counseling services, please feel free to contact Greg Davis, counselor, at 686-2044 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.