School Counseling Department OverviewSchool counselors work with students, parents, and teachers to ensure a healthy, safe, and satisfying educational experience. They provide assistance to all students in order to meet their personal, social, educational, and career needs during this important developmental period.
Students are assigned to counselors by GRADE LEVEL:
7th Grade: Mrs. Novotney
8th Grade: Mr. Hipps
Mrs. Viazanko and Mrs. McElhaney, the Counseling Department Secretaries, are often the first people who students and parents see or talk with. They are caring and knowledgeable people who efficiently facilitate department operations.
What your School Counseling Department can do for you!
School Counseling has come a long way over the years, and today we offer more services and support than ever. The following are some of the services we offer:
Personal Assistance--- School counselors work with students one-on-one to remove barriers to academic success. This approach builds trust, self-esteem, and social skills that may last a lifetime.
Group Counseling--- When students have an opportunity to participate in groups, it allows them to see that they are not alone in the challenges they face. By listening to one other and providing feedback, they're learning skills to help each other and, at the same time, getting support that is critical to their well-being. Some of the groups we facilitate are Teen Issues, Study Skills, and Girls' Group.
Career Planning--- Career exploration needs to begin at an early age. To ensure that students find the road to success, we offer programs and courses that help students begin planning for their future. Throughout their Junior High years, students will participate in career units during Introduction to Career Pathway's class, hear from career speakers, and have individual/group discussion in class to explore their interests, abilities, and the world of work. To get started with career exploration at home check out www.careercruising.com Username: Greater Password: Latrobe
Placement and Scheduling--- School counselors work with students, teachers, and parents in order to place students in their optimal educational setting. Data from a variety of sources is utilized to guide the process. Scheduling meetings take place in classroom or small group settings. Counselors are available to answer student and parent questions regarding scheduling, placement, and short and long term educational goals.
Research and Evaluation--- We are constantly seeking ways to make your child's learning experience the best it can be. We utilize empirically supported programs and data driven decision making. We consistently evaluate our systems and programs to ensure that they are effective and modify them as needed.
Information Service--- There is a lot going on at the Junior High, and it's part of our job to keep you informed. Parent conferences, Home Access Center, and teacher websites are just a few of the ways we stay in touch.
Individual Analysis--- Working with the school psychologist and other mental health professionals, we can help your child in areas of intellectual, emotional, or social adjustment.
If you have any questions or concerns, please contact your child's school counselor at (724) 539-4265.