Mrs. Barwick's Counseling Corner

Hello my friends!

I am Mrs. Barwick and I am the school counselor for Sunset Elementary. I was born and raised in Roswell and live here with my husband and two daughters, Avery who is 5, and Emma who is 10 months old!

School Counseling Mission Statement:

The Sunset Elementary School Counseling Program, in partnership with other educators, parents/guardians, and community stakeholders will provide a data driven, comprehensive school counseling program that will address the academic, personal/social, and postsecondary and career development of all students to ensure they are self-directed, life-long learners.

School Counseling Vision Statement:

At Sunset Elementary, we believe all students deserve an atmosphere that will allow them to reach their fullest potential in academic, career, and social and emotional development. A data-driven, comprehensive school counseling program will provide all students with an environment that will encourage them to become responsible, productive citizens and lifelong learners. Through advocacy, leadership, and the collaboration of all educational stakeholders, the school counselor will ensure students have the support and access to the knowledge they need to reach their full potential. We at Sunset Elementary firmly believe that:

  • All students have the right to a safe, supportive, and nurturing school environment in which they will flourish and thrive in

  • All students deserve access to rigorous coursework

  • A diverse, culturally responsive curriculum is essential to creating meaningful and validating academic content that promotes equitable achievement for all students

  • All students can and will develop the skills necessary to succeed in middle school, high school, and beyond

  • Families and communities play an integral part in students learning and development

  • Every student deserves a comprehensive school counseling program that will help excel and meet their academic, career, and personal/social developmental needs.

Our staff at Sunset Elementary is committed to the holistic development and success of every student. We will continually strive to provide students with the environment, guidance, and learning essential to meeting their educational and developmental needs. Each one of our staff promotes student achievement and development for all by:

  • Advocating for equity and diversity in the school as a whole and within classroom curriculum and lessons

  • Using data to design, implement, and consistently and continuously evaluate and improve the comprehensive school counseling program

  • Ensuring every student is treated fairly and respectfully and held to the highest standards

  • Working with the community, parents, and students to create a culturally responsive and rigorous curriculum for all students

  • Continually engaging in ongoing professional development and self-reflection to encourage enhanced effectiveness

  • Providing career and college exploration activities

  • Encouraging all student’s positive self-image with the collaboration of families and the community

  • Abiding by national and local ethical and professional competencies

Our students at Sunset are held to the highest of standards and expectations. Students must also take responsibility for their role in their academic and developmental success. When staff live by these core convictions, we expect students to be stimulated to engage in the educational and developmental experiences we provide. Our students will exhibit the following:

  • Respect for themselves, other students, the community, their families, and their school

  • Make responsible decisions

  • Are resilient through both short and long term change

  • Positive self-image and self-esteem

  • Accept responsibility for their actions, as well as their achievements

  • Confidence in their abilities

  • Are excited about their education and future

  • Recognize that learning is a lifelong process

  • A sense of responsibility to their community

At Sunset Elementary, suppose we abide by these core convictions, and our students exhibit ideal behaviors. In that case, we believe 100% of our students will continue to middle and high school and be prepared to succeed in these courses. 100% of our students will have participated in diverse enrichment and rigorous academic studies. 100% of students will show content mastery in Math, English, and Science courses. 100% of students passing national and state exams. We at Sunset are prepared to help students succeed in their future endeavors with the help and collaboration of the community, families, students, and staff. Together we can ensure our students thrive in an environment that supports their academic, career, and personal and social development.