Guidance
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Miss Jessica Visinski, CSDA    
jessica.visinski@sau41.org

Mrs. Deborah Bowry, RMMS    
deborah.bowry@sau41.org





Elementary School Student's Developmental Needs

The elementary years are a time when students begin to develop their academic self-concept and their feelings of competence and confidence as learners. They are beginning to develop decision-making, communication and life skills, as well as character values. It is also a time when students develop and acquire attitudes toward school, self, peers, social groups, and family. The knowledge attitudes and skills that students acquire in the areas  of academic, career, personal/social development during these elementary years service as the foundation for future success.

Meeting the Challenge

Elementary school counselors are professional educators with mental health training who understand and respond to the challenges presented by today's diverse student population. Elementary school counselors are an integral part of the total educational programs and services that align with the school's mission to help students achieve school success.

Counseling Program

The Guidance department of the Hollis and Brookline school systems strive to create programs that are collaborative efforts benefiting students, parents, teachers, and the overall community. We as school counselors are partners in student achievement and our programs are an integral part of a students daily educational environment. Our programs are designed to promote academic achievement, career planning and personal/social development for ALL students (K-12).

The guidance curriculum is comprehensive, developmentally appropriate, and proactive in nature. Our programs are delivered through: classroom instruction, small group, and large group activities. Additionally, the counseling program is provided through individual student planning and responsive services. Responsive services include: individual and small group counseling , individual/family/school crisis intervention, conflict resolution, consultation/collaboration.