D.J. Bakie's Guidance Department provides many services as part of a comprehensive Guidance program.

Classroom Guidance

Small Group Counseling

  • Friendship/Social Skills
  • Impulse/Anger Management
  • Self-Esteem
  • Divorce/Changing Families
  • Academic Support

Individual Counseling

Conflict Resolution

Crisis Intervention and Support

Consultation with Parents and Teachers

Parenting Skills Training

Classroom Guidance Curriculum

Our classroom guidance curriculum provides all students with important learning experiences which are presented through classroom lessons. The program addresses student needs in areas such as personal and social development, understanding character and values, making good choices and working with others. Classroom guidance lessons are designed to be appropriate to each grade level. Our Counselor uses parent and teacher feedback to plan and update the classroom guidance curriculum. The current topics being addressed during classroom guidance lessons include:


*  Feelings         * Inviting to Play and Having Fun With Our Friends    * Handling Name Calling       * Celebrating Differences        * Listening Skills     

  * Career Choices        * Stranger Safety       Managing Frustration                  * How to be a Problem Solver

Grade 1:

    *  Feelings         * Friendships        * Bullying        * Celebrating Differences        * Listening Skills        * Career Choices        * Stranger Safety      

    *  Personal Space

· Grade 2: 

     * Feelings            * Friendships        * Bullying        * Coping Skills        * Listening Skills        * Career Choices        * Conflict Resolution        

     *  Celebrating Difference

· Grade 3:

    * Empathy       * Friendships        * Bullying        * Being Assertive        * Conflict Resolution        *How to Prevent Gossip & Rumors      

    * Internet Safety                        *Career Choices

· Grade 4:

   * Friendships        * Bullying        * Tolerance        * Internet Safety      * Career Choices        * Learning Styles        *Conflict Resolution       

   * Celebrating Differences

· Grade 5:

    * Learning Styles        * Study Skills        * Bullying        * Internet Safety        * Career Development        * College Choices    

    * Respect & Responsibility               * Understanding Others Point of View

Individual Support

Guidance Counselors provide support for students through individual interactions in which they work together on a problem or a topic of interest. Individual counseling meetings offer students a safe environment in which to freely explore ideas, feelings, and behaviors. Counselors build trusting relationships with students and always consider their actions in terms of the rights, integrity, and welfare of students and families.

Individual counseling generally addresses the specific concerns of targeted students with identified needs. Students can be referred to the Guidance Department by parents/guardian, teacher, administrator or staff member. Counselors use individual counseling sessions to evaluate student needs and create plans for support. When appropriate, the Guidance Counselors may recommend that students receive additional support from school staff and/or outside resources.

Small Group Counseling

In small groups counseling, the Guidance Counselor works with two or more students together. Group size generally ranges from three to six members. Group counseling meetings may be based on structured learning activities or may be flexible depending on the needs of the group. Group members have the opportunity to learn from each other. They can share ideas, give and receive feedback, increase their awareness, gain new knowledge, practice skills and think about their goals and actions.

Group counseling may be problem-centered, where attention is given to particular concerns or problems. Counseling may also be growth-centered, where general topics are addressed related to personal and academic development. Areas addressed in group counseling may include social skills development, family issues, anger management, or academic and behavioral concerns.


The primary focus of consultation is to help parents, teachers, and administration to be more effective in working with each other on the behalf of students. This team approach is a key factor in supporting and advocating for our students. During consultation, the Guidance Counselors work with teachers or parents to identify problems and concerns, develop strategies to address student needs, and create systems to provide academic, emotional and/or behavioral supports for students. Consultation may take place in individual or group conferences, through staff development activities, or parent education classes.

Guidance Goals

Our comprehensive guidance program works to help students learn important life skills such as:

  •      An awareness of self and others
  •      Responsibility at school and home
  •      Recognizing and managing feelings appropriately
  •      Tools for healthy friendships
  •      Cooperation at work and play
  •      Welcoming uniqueness and diversity
  •      Dealing with conflict, peer pressure and bullying
  •      Early understanding of careers
  •     How to make healthy decisions


“Elementary school years set the tone for developing the skills, knowledge, and attitudes necessary for our children to become healthy, productive adults. With a comprehensive developmental counseling program, counselors work as a team with school, parents and community to create a caring atmosphere whereby children’s needs are met through prevention, early identification and intervention.”

~ American School Counselors Association