Guidance

Guidance

 

Welcome to Page-Jackson Elementary School
For the 2018-19 School Year!


My name is Shelley 
Manley and I am the School Counselor for Page-Jackson Elementary School. The school counseling profession has changed greatly in the last 15 years and counselors are now responsible for establishing a comprehensive guidance program for their schools, which supports student development in three domains: academic, personal/social, and career.  As the school counselor, I am able to support student development through individual counseling, group counseling, classroom guidance sessions, consultation, and coordination services. 

Mission Statement 

 

The mission of the Page-Jackson Elementary School Guidance Program is to enable students to become life-long learners, build skills in problem-solving and decision making, learn to work independently and with others, and develop the positive character traits necessary to become well-adjusted and productive members of society. The PJES Counselor will nurture and support each student to ensure that he or she can reach their full academic, social, and emotional potential. The PJES Counselor develops and implements programs and services to enhance educational opportunities for students and to support school personnel. Parents and community are included in a network of caring and professional relationships that can provide respect and support for all. Referral services are provided in collaboration with state guidelines and community resources

 

Services 

 

Individual Counseling 

 

I am available to meet one-on-one with students to assist them with day-to-day issues they may face.  The students will develop coping skills, set goals, and problem-solve.  At times, peer conflicts may be mediated in my office.  Students will gain the tools necessary to communicate more effectively and achieve goals.  

 

Group Counseling 

 

Group counseling sessions will be offered throughout the school year and are based on the students’ needs.  They may include such topics as friendship skills, coping with divorce, grief, study skills, organization, etc.  Parents are notified of upcoming groups and permission is required. 

 

Classroom Guidance 

Classroom Guidance is a planned, developmental program in which I meet weekly with each class to provide instruction in the areas of academic, personal/social, and career development.  Topics covered may include positive character traits, bullying, problem-solving, conflict resolution, friendship skills, as well as behaviors and attitudes necessary for school success and life success. 

 

Consultation 

 

I am available to meet with parents, teachers, administrators, school psychologists, medical professionals, and community agency personnel to plan and implement strategies to help students be successful.    

 

Coordination 

 

The counselor often serves as the liaison between the school and community agencies whose services may meet the needs of certain families. I am actively involved in organizing, managing, and evaluating the needs of students and their families.  Often, I am also responsible for coordination of other school-wide initiatives and programs. 


Character Counts Program
 

The Page-Jackson guidance curriculum includes character education.  The Character Counts program teaches students that developing good character traits is important, and that their success and happiness will be enhanced by the ways in which they interact with others and contribute to their school community.  Throughout the program the students will learn about the Six Pillars of Character: Caring, Responsibility, Fairness, Respect, Trustworthiness, and Citizenship.  From October through March, we will focus on one of the pillars each month.  During that month, students will participate in lessons and classroom activities about each pillar during their guidance class.

 

Requesting Services for Your Child 

 

At Page-Jackson Elementary School, I work on behalf of all students and their families to help each child have a successful school year.   I look forward to working with you and your family!  You can reach me by phone at 304-728-9212 or email at mlbloodworth@k12.wv.us.  You can also complete a referral form (located by the guidance classroomand drop it by the school office in a sealed envelope.  I will address the issue as soon as I am able, usually within 24 hours.  Your child may also ask his/her teacher for permission to come talk to me.  Teachers may also request services for students. 

 

Schedule 

 

I am at Page-Jackson all day, every day!!!  Guidance classes will usually occur Tuesday-Thursday. Most of my individual and group counseling will be on Mondays and Fridays.

 

Confidentiality 

 

My goal is to make certain that students understand they can come and see me without fear that I will share sensitive information with others.  As a counselor, I adhere to strict ethical standards regarding confidentiality.  However, when an individual is at risk of harm (either the student I am counseling or someone else), I will break confidentiality to hopefully avert that situation.  This occurs rarely, but will be important for student and parents to remember. 

 

Volunteer Opportunities 

 

In order to create a comprehensive guidance program that truly addresses the needs of all students, it is important to have input from all stakeholders.  I welcome any feedback you have about the Guidance program.  We will also be needing assistance for Career Day in the spring.  If interested, please contact me at 304-728-9212.   

 

SCHOOL COUNSELING IN WEST VIRGINIA

Mission 

The West Virginia School Counseling Program is based on the American School Counselor Association National Model: A Framework for School Counseling Programs. The mission for West Virginia school counseling programs is to focus on academic, career and personal/social development to ensure that every student benefits from a program that is comprehensive in scope, preventative in design and developmental in nature. The majority of the school counselor's time is spent in direct services to students, imparting specific skills and learning opportunities in a proactive manner. School counselors will collaborate with the full education team, advocate to improve student learning, and lead efforts for systemic change. 

Vision 

The vision for counselors in West Virginia is that all West Virginia students will acquire the knowledge, skills, and attitudes to reach their fullest potential and successfully manage their lives as healthy, responsible, competent and productive citizens who respect themselves and others. 

A shared vision to provide West Virginia students appropriate and quality counseling guided an initiative to redefine existing school counseling programs. Collaborative work among the West Virginia Department of Education, the West Virginia School Counselor Association, the education leadership of the West Virginia Legislature, and school counselors across the state resulted in sweeping legislation that redefined school counseling in West Virginia in with state code revisions in 2002 and WVDE policy changes in 2004. 

The redefinition in legislation and State Board Policy 2315 adopts the National Standards for School Counseling Programs developed by the American School Counselor Association (ASCA). At the core of this national model are student centered standards and competencies in three domains: academic, career, and personal/social development. The ASCA National Model® reflects a major change in the way school counselors approach their work.  

 


PJES Teachers and Students show that Character Counts!

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