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Union Elementary School Classroom Guidance Program Overview

GOAL: The classroom guidance program is a preventative program to promote, practice and reinforce kindness skills in the school, home and community settings for grades K-6.

The 3 main areas focused on are self-control, self-respect and self-confidence.

The Pillars of Character Education Model is also followed. All classroom lessons usually include a book and/or activity. Students are encouraged to participate in discussions but never forced.

Pillars of Character Education include:

Read more: Classroom Guidance

UNION ELEMENTARY SCHOOLS

COMPREHENSIVE AND DEVELOPMENTAL
SCHOOL COUNSELING PROGRAM

INTRODUCTION

The Union School District offers an elementary school counseling program which helps address the challenging needs of today's students.

The basic principle of the Union Elementary School program is that all students can be empowered, supported, and encouraged to experience success and maximize their potential.

Read more: Comprehensive and Developmental School Counseling Program

Our female children in the elementary schools are going through many phases of growth and change. During these years, girls normally experience many stresses due to academic demands, social relationships, relational aggression and peer pressure.

I currently run 3 groups of “Girl Power” for 4th, 5th and 6th grade. These groups meet twice a month during their regularly scheduled lunch period. The goal of these groups is to focus on self image, self-control, responsibility, conflict resolution, relational aggression, peer situations, social relationships and body image. I will lead the girls in discussions and complete simple activities that address the issues listed. All participation is voluntary. I strongly feel that allowing girls the opportunity such as this is important in their development and relationships.

As the school counselor, I often focus on preventative strategies that assist in empowering your child. Every year, I have many different groups at Sligo and Rimersburg Elementary Schools. These groups allow each child to safely express themselves in a small group setting with their peers focusing on age related issues.
The Kindness Crusader mentoring program provides opportunities for select 6th grade students to promote, develop and maintain positive interactions and individual growth through role modeling among the entire student population and organized volunteer services.

Students are chosen based on, but not limited to, individual needs accessed by the school counselor, responsible performance in the classroom and social interactions among peers, and the promotion of leadership skills and abilities.

These students will work closely with the School Counselor. Students chosen to be a Kindness Crusader will have opportunities to conduct classroom guidance lessons with Mrs. Anderson, volunteer bi-monthly at Head Start, assist in developing a quarterly newsletter, meet with Mrs. Anderson during lunch on Day 6 and organize and run the school store.

Every 6th grade student has the opportunity to submit a short paragraph stating their interest in becoming a Kindness Crusader. Students will be chosen based on their essay, teacher recommendation, elementary school counselor’s individual observations and interactions, and overall behavior.

The Kindness Crusader Program is a developmental program. Students are not chosen based on academic levels or athletic abilities. Students are chosen based on their eagerness and willingness to help create and maintain a safe and friendly environment here at Rimersburg Elementary and within all the communities of Union School District.

I will select approximately 7 students for the first half of the school year and 7 different students for the last half of the school year. 

The Lunch Buddy Program at Rimersburg Elementary School recognizes that children of all ages go through many phases of growth and change. Sometimes these changes can cause stress due to academic, social relationships and peer pressure demands.

The Lunch Buddy Program has been developed to pair your child with a Senior High student from Union High School as a mentor and friend. Each child will meet with their buddy once a week at Rimersburg Elementary for 40 minutes during their lunch period. Your child will have the opportunity to share information regarding social and academic stresses or just fun “kid stuff” at this time. The buddies are educated in appropriate topics and responses while engaging in this mentoring process.

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