Welcome to Guidance
School Counseling Program Mission Statement:
Our mission is to prepare all students to be "Future Ready," by encouraging them to acquire the knowledge, skills, and experiences needed to succeed academically, professionally, and as productive citizens in our community and society. Nantucket school counselors are committed to delivering a developmentally comprehensive school counseling program to all students. We strive to serve as advocates for students, allies with teachers, and liaisons with parents and community.
What Does a School Counselor Do?
Our School Counseling Program is delivered through Classroom Curriculum, Individual Student Planning, Responsive Services and System Support. We provide structured lessons for all students in classrooms K-5 once a month. We have developed a K-5 Curriculum that builds from year to year covering Personal/Social Development and Readiness skills. Our goal is to teach knowledge and skills to support our students with developing the necessary skills to be able to handle day to day social and academic challenges while also forming positive view of self. We also work with students in small groups, often over lunch, to review the skills that we teach in the classrooms. We support students individually as well, offering student check-ins, participation in Child Study Meetings and overseeing 504 Accommodation Plans. We believe that children do well if they can, learn best when they feel good about self and their relationships with others and are capable of making resposible choices.
Next month, on Thursday, May 18th, educator and New York Times best-selling author, Dr. Ross Greene, will be offering a free professional development workshop for island educators, followed by a free community lecture open to all. His lecture will be based on his latest book, Raising Human Beings - Creating a Collaborative Partnership with Your Child.
Getting to School on Time!
Whether it's the first days of September or the end of the school year in June, the stressful challenge of getting your kids out the door on time is a universal challenge! Read on to learn some of morning routine hacks to set the stage for better mornings.
April is Stress Awareness Month!
Adults are not the only ones to get stressed from time to time. Children can get stressed too and it isn't always easy to tell if stress is what is going on. Check out this great article on the 6 signs and symtoms that your child is stressed. In honor of Stress Awareness Month, talk to your child about stress and ways to cope when feeling this way.
Welcome Seanda Bartlett as our School Counseling Intern!
We are excited to have Seanda Bartlett join us as a school counseling intern. Seanda is originally from Amesbury, Massachusetts but spent her summers as a child on Nantucket with her family. She made Nantucket her home after graduating from Johnson & Wales University. She has 3 boys, ranging in ages 16-22 years old, all students of Nantucket Public Schools. Seanda is currently enrolled in a School Counseling Program at New York University. She will be here several days a week helping out with all aspects of our counseling program in Grades 3-5, including classroom lessons, small group work and individual student support. She is excited to get to know the students while here at NES!
Blasts from the Past
We LOVE National School Counselor Week!
The week February 6th - 10th, marked National School Counseling Week 2017, themed “School Counseling: Helping Students Realize Their Potential.” Every day we, as school counselors, strive to help NES students reach their potential. We had fun celebrating School Counselor Week with an interactive bulletin board, daily inspirational quotes, and lots of fun give aways for students!
"A goal without a plan is just a wish." -Antoine de Saint-Exupery
"You are braver than you believe, stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think." - AA Milne
"Don't let what you can't do, stop you from doing what you can do." - John Wooden
"Three things in human life are important: the first is to be kind, the second is to be kind; and the third is to be kind" - Henry James
"Our greatest weakness lies in giving up. The most certain way to succeed is always to try just one more time." - Thomas Edison