(A first grade class doing yoga with Mrs. Belanger.)
Who is Mrs. Belanger?  

Mrs. Annette Belanger (pronounced bell-ANN-jer) is one of BES's counselors. Mrs. Belanger is the school counselor for all 1st and 2nd grade students during the 2017-2018 school year and will continue to be their counselor through their remaining years at BES (looping with them since their grade level of registration). Through December 2017, Mrs. Belanger also has a graduate student intern from Plymouth State University: Miss Chelsey Abare (pronounced A-bear).

Professional School Counselors hold a Master’s Degree and required state certification in School Counseling. Mrs. Belanger  has a Bachelor's degree in Psychology from the University of New Hampshire and a Master’s degree in School Counseling from Plymouth State University. Mrs. Belanger is also a member of the American School Counselor Association (ASCA) and the New Hampshire School Counselor Association (NHSCA).  She is also a Bullying Prevention Specialist through ASCA.  Mrs. Belanger has been at BES since 2004!

What do School Counselors do?

Professional school counselors implement a comprehensive, developmental school counseling program, providing education, prevention and intervention services for all students.   Guidance programs should include curriculum, responsive services, individual student planning, and system support.  

Why do elementary schools 

have School Counselors?

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. Early identification and intervention of children’s academic and personal/social needs is essential in removing barriers to learning and in promoting academic achievement. The knowledge, attitudes and skills that students acquire in the areas of academic, career and personal/social development during these elementary years serve as the foundation for future success.”
(American School Counselor Association, 2012)
ADDRESS:   26 BEST Street, Belmont, NH  03220  
PHONE:   (603) 267-6568  ext. 3109
FAX:   (603) 267-6136 
EMAIL:   abelanger@sau80.org

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It is the mission of the Belmont Elementary Guidance Program to support and lead our students through collaborative partnerships with families, administration, teachers, and the community.  Through diverse initiatives we will foster the academic, career, and social/emotional development of all students. Our goal is to cultivate a safe and respectful educational environment where all students become lifelong learners, critical thinkers, and ethical community members.

We believe that:
  • The School Counseling Program works to support teachers, families and students.
  • The abilities to collaborate and cooperate with others, manage one’s feeling appropriately, exhibit empathy, resilience and self-advocacy are as important in the life of an individual as career and academic skills are.
  • The School Counseling Program is a critical element in helping student achieve 21st Century Learning Skills, particularly in the areas of Life and Career Skills
  • All students can leave Belmont High School prepared for post secondary and career success. 

Our vision is that:  

The students of the Shaker Regional School District are thriving learners who are set to be career and post-secondary successful.  All students participate in an equitable, rigorous academic program, explore career pathways and are well prepared to become life-long learners.   Students understand their personal learning styles, practice creative problem solving and demonstrate responsible relationship skills.  Students embrace diversity and are prepared to positively contribute to their global community. 

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