The Guidance Counselor’s Role
The Main Role of Guidance:
First and foremost the counselor is a child advocate. The main responsibility of Guidance at MSS is to assist ALL students with any social /emotional concerns that could impact their happiness and academic success at MSS. In that capacity, the Guidance Counselor serves as a liaison between home,community and school and acts as a responsive provider of individual,group and classroom counseling. Additionally, Guidance support students with IEP’s with social, emotional and behavioral goals.
Other Key Roles of Guidance at MSS include:
- The Guidance Counselor is the case-manager for students with 504 Plans of Accommodation and offers counseling support and academic coaching to compliment classroom accommodations.
- Counselors assist students(and families) dealing with any issues that interfere with their child’s well-being & adjustment at school (ie) family change, anxiety, loss, social conflicts, stress etc.
- Leading several support groups each trimester for “Transition”,”Friendship”, ”Social Skills”, “Family Change”,”Self-Management” & “Girls Power”.
- Assisting the Health Teacher with lessons on social health: bullying, anger management,empathy training, communication & conflict resolution.
- Case-manager of 504 Plans of Accommodation- collaborating with School Nurse on medical issues & working with teachers on academic issues.
- Advisor and trainer of the Peer Mediation program at Maple Street
- Advisor to gr.5 Peer Leaders supervising community service projects.
- Coordinator for the Johns Hopkins CTY search for gr.4-6 students.
- Member on the BCT, RTI and CORE teams at Maple Street School
- Frequent lunch companion to “new” and current student groups at MSS.