School Counseling Program
Individual counseling is a component of the school counselor's role. Students are seen for emotional, behavioral and academic concerns. Referrals are typically given to the counselor from the teacher, parent or self-referrals made by students. Students are seen on a weekly basis and sometimes are seen in groups depending on the issue that arises.
Students at risk meet with the school counselor due to low grades on their progress reports and report cards. Parents and students meet with the counselor or with the assistant principal to help set goals for academic achievement.
The Student Study Team is a part of the school counselor's role in helping with academic and behavioral difficulties. The team meets on a regular basis to help identify ways to help students with their success at school.
Testing is another aspect of the school counselor with regards to GATE testing and STAR testing. GATE testing is administered in the fall and in the spring. Students are tested in a group while others are tested on an individual basis. STAR testing is coordinated with the assistant principal and is conducted in the spring semester. Results are analyzed and data is compiled in order to better meet the needs of the students.
Classroom lessons are provided by the school counselor to primary and intermediate grades. The school counselor teaches lessons on the district's character education themes as well as playground topics, and grade level situations that may arise in a school day.
The 4th and 5th Grade Conflict Manager Program is coordinated by the school counselor who oversees the program. The program begins in the fall with an application and interview process in which 30-35 students are chosen. The students are then trained to help students in grades K-3 solve their friendship difficulties on the playground. The program has been in effect for 10 years and is a success with the primary students.
Hawthorne's School counselor is part time and works to meet the needs of the students, staff and the parents. An appointment can be set up or she can reached by email.