THE ROLE OF THE SCHOOL COUNSELOR IN 6th, 7th & 8th GRADE
Counselors advocate for students.
The counselor reviews schedules to make sure that students are appropriately placed according to math level, foreign language, required electives and support class. Counselors coordinate RTI meetings.
The counselor reviews class lists/schedules with both teachers and administration. The students’ personalities, work habits, aptitudes are mixed and matched so that the end result is a heterogeneous class population.
The counselors work collaboratively with the Special Education department to make sure an identified student’s I.E.P. is reflected in the schedule. In terms of the electives, some are mandated. The counselor helps the student determine his/her strengths, abilities and interests.
The counselor case manages the student who has a 504 Accommodation Plan as well as the declassified students. The accommodations and modifications are maintained throughout the year. The counselor is responsible for arranging a 504 Annual Review.
Parent Conferences: This establishes a strong home-school connection. Topics often covered are: the child’s educational progress, personal growth, strengths, weaknesses,goals, extracurricular activities, enrichment, homework, teachers, concerns, work habits,etc. As needed, parent/teacher conferences are arranged.
The counselor assists faculty, parents and students in the interpretation of test scores.
The counselor reviews: The parent portal, RTI criteria, interim reports, report cards, administrative (discipline) referrals and teacher contact forms. In this way, a profile is developed to help us to understand the whole child. When necessary, intervention services are put into place.
The counselor serves as part of the Crisis Intervention Team. This includes crisis management, intervention, coordination and follow-up. The protocol and team support benefits the student’s needs and ensures quality care.
The counselor recommends students for the summer intervention program (if available).
The counselor facilitates team meetings on a weekly basis. This pro-active approach helps identify students at risk and to plan appropriate interventions. The counselor meets weekly with administration and support staff.
Through monthly joint Guidance Department meetings, with the high school, common issues and and concerns are shared.
The counselors meet with their students in small groups during lunch. It is an opportunity to get to know the students better as well as to discuss any concerns they may have.
In the spring, the counselors coordinate selection and placement of students in our accelerated classes, i.e., Earth Science, Living Environment, and Algebra, and assists with selection of Foreign Language and Electives.
Member of the Committee on Special Education (C.S.E.) when appropriate.
Arrange home instruction for students who are absent for an extended period of time.
Facilitate special interest groups.
Refer students to RTI and participate when appropriate.