Whitfield Elementary School
Empowering Our Students to Create Their Own Future
Wilson School District Mission Statement
Why Elementary School Counselors
“Today’s young people are living in an exciting time, with an increasingly diverse society, new technologies and expanding opportunities. To help ensure they are prepared to become the next generation of parents, workers, leaders and citizens, every student needs support, guidance and opportunities during childhood, a time of rapid growth and change. Children face unique and diverse challenges, both personally and developmentally, that have an impact on academic achievement." (Read More From American School Counselor Association)
Wilson School District Counseling Department
The Wilson School District Counseling Department is an integral part of the district's Pupil Services division. The fifteen Wilson counselors have masters degrees and are fully certified professional counselors.
The following Pupil Services staff work closely with the counselors and teachers to provide comprehensive programs and services to all Wilson students and their families.
- The Student Assistance Coordinator collaborates with the counselors in the areas of alcohol and other drugs, suicide, and other student issues.
- The Health Services Department consisting of five full time and nine part time School Nurses work closely with the counselors on behalf of students.
The counseling program is no longer ancillary to the instructional program. It is an integral component. Education is charged with educating this nation's most valuable resource, our children.
Elementary School is a time when students develop attitudes concerning school, self, peers, social groups and family. It is a time when students develop decision-making, communication and life training skills and character traits. Early identification and intervention of children’s problems are essential to change some of the current statistics regarding self-destructive behaviors. If we wait until children are in middle school or high school to address these problems, we lose the opportunity to help them achieve their potential, as well as feelings of dignity and self-worth.
Elementary School Counselors implement effective classroom guidance focusing on understanding of self and others; coping strategies; peer relationships and effective social skills; communication, problem-solving, decision-making, conflict resolution; and study skills, career awareness and the world of work; and substance education.
- Provide individual and small group counseling dealing with self-image, personal adjustment, family issues, interpersonal concerns, academic development, and behavior modification.
- Provide assessments by helping students identify their skills, abilities, achievements, and interests as well as interpretation of standardized tests.
- Work with specialized populations and needs that require special attention.
- Develop students’ career awareness as a lifelong process.
- Coordinate school and community resources, and school-wide guidance related activities.
- Provide consultation with school staff members and outside agencies and social services concerning the welfare of the students.
- Make appropriate referrals for special services for students and families within the school and community.
- Communicate and exchange information with parents/guardians by way of conferences, parent workshops and newsletters.
- Participate as member of the school improvement and interdisciplinary teams.