Welcome to Sugarland Elementary School Counseling!!


Mrs. Plys

Hello! My name is Katie Plys and this will be my third year at Sugarland.

I grew up here in Sterling, attended LCPS and graduated from Broad Run High School. I received my Bachelor's degree in Human Service Counseling from Old Dominion University and a Master's degree in Counseling Education from George Mason University. Prior to beginning here at Sugarland, I served a the Parent Liaison at Dominion High School. In addition, I also have worked many years for Fairfax County Department of Family Services assisting families with public service programs and community outreach programs.

In my spare time, I love spending time with my husband, daughter, son, two crazy dogs and my very near and dear friends. I volunteer with several organizations as you can tell, love to stay busy!!

I am so excited to get to work with each and every one of you this school year!!

571-434-4462- Direct Number

Kathryn.Plys@lcps.org


The Mission of the Sugarland Elementary Counseling Program is to provide a quantifiable, comprehensive, developmental counseling curriculum, addressing the individual academic, career, and personal/social development of all students. In a global environment, we expect all students to be productive members of the community, and to that end, the Sugarland Elementary Counseling program will identify and remediate barriers to learning, thereby creating success for all students.

The vision of the Sugarland Elementary School Counseling Program is based upon the following beliefs:

  • All students are unique.

  • All students have the potential to achieve academic success and become respectful and responsible citizens.

  • All students deserve a safe environment that embraces and celebrates their diversity.

  • The needs of all students will be addressed in an equitable manner by providing school counseling lessons to every classroom.

  • All students have the right to be served by the school counseling program.

  • Lessons will be preventative in nature to provide strategies and coping skills to promote and support students’ success now and in the future.

  • Lessons are aligned with the ASCA Student Standard and the Virginia Standards for School Counseling Programs.

  • School Counselors will use data in a collaborative effort to design, implement, assess, and continuously improve the comprehensive school counseling program.

  • School Counselors will serve as advocates for all students and their families.

  • School Counselors will collaborate with stakeholders such as; teachers, administrators, parents, and community members to assist student development and achievement.

  • School Counselors will abide by ASCA’s school counseling ethics.


All elementary school counselors in Loudoun County are required to teach the following objectives from the three major domains: academic development, career development and personal/social development from the “Standards for School Counseling Programs in Virginia Public Schools.”

Students are taught to develop good character through the character education program taught by the school counselors and is reinforced in the classroom by teachers, administrators and staff. Every month a different character trait is explained, modeled and discussed in classroom lessons.

Character Counts!

We at Sugarland are READY, RESPONSIBLE & RESPECTFUL!

Monthly Classroom Lesson Topics

September

Intro to Counselor

School Success

October

Conflict Resolution

Bully Prevention

November

Trustworthiness

December

Kindness

January

Goal Setting

Bully Prevention

February

Bucket Filling/Respecting Differences

Kindness

March

Career Exploration

April

Developing Positive Study Habits

May

Future Plans/Transitions

June

Continue with Transitions