Counseling Programs

Rymfire Elementary School Counseling

 

Mission Statement

The mission of the Rymfire Elementary School counseling programs is to provide a  comprehensive and developmentally appropriate counseling program addressing the academic, personal/social and career needs of all students. We always strive to create a supportive learning community where students, parents, teachers, staff and community members work together to support the whole child. We provide an atmosphere of mutual respect and high expectations, that encourages students to have successful school experiences and reach their full potential to become responsible and productive citizens.

 

We believe:

  • all students have the ability to learn and be successful.
  • for students to be successful we must address academic, personal/social and career needs.
  • each student has the right to a comprehensive school counseling program.
  • a comprehensive school counseling program works with teachers, administration, parents, staff and community members to address the specific developmental needs of all RES students
  • a school counseling program is data-driven
  • professional development activities and abiding by ethical and legal mandates as determined by our professional organization and the state of Florida are vital to the success of a comprehensive and professional program.

Program goals

We will work to help 100% of our students get the academic support they need (MTSS, 504 plans, gifted screenings, academic improvement plans)

We will work to improve student behavioral outcomes (reduction in discipline referrals) and thus success in the classroom through small groups, individual counseling, consultation with teachers and parents, and parent workshops such as Love and Logic.

 

Individual Counseling Small Group Counseling Classroom Guidance Lessons

The purpose of individual counseling is to help students create and meet their goals, find solutions to academic and personal/social problems and resolve conflict. Counseling is short-term, strengths-based and often occurs in 1-3 sessions. If concerns arise or more sessions would benefit the student we will work with parents and guardians to refer to outside mental health providers. We cannot and do not perform psychotherapy or use techniques found in a clinical setting. Parents and teachers refer students. Students may also self-refer by speaking to their classroom teacher, parent/guardian or school counselor.

Some students who share a common concern may find it helpful to meet with other students for support, to share ideas and to learn strategies and coping skills. Small groups are held during non-instructional time and with the consent of parents/guardians. Examples of groups that we often facilitate include social skills, divorce, anger management, friendship, study skills/organization and coping with change.

Classroom guidance lessons are designed to help students succeed and create a safe school environment. Topics can include problem solving, study skills, emotional management, conflict resolution, embracing diversity, teamwork, goal setting, and career awareness. Lessons given to classes are typically 30-40 minutes long.

System Support

We support many school-wide and student initiatives. We aid in the implementation of positive behavior interventions and supports, such as our bucket-filling campaign, which has decreased student behavior referrals and created a positive school culture.

We collaborate in the Multi-Tiered Systems of Support process for students who need additional academic and behavioral support.

We coordinate section 504 plans, gifted screenings, counseling referrals, and Stuff Bus requests.

We inform families of tutoring programs and holiday support programs (Christmas Angels).

We attend IEP meetings, review student records and place incoming students.

We can provide trainings to teachers and other staff on a wide variety of student issues and concerns such as bullying prevention, mental health concerns, homelessness, drug and alcohol abuse.

 

School-Wide Events

Career Day

Exposing children to career options allows them to connect what they learn in school with what adults do in the “real world”. Career Day help students see themselves as a contributing part of the community and future workforce.  This will also help students set goals for themselves. Last year over 1000 students were exposed to 18 different community careers. This year’s Career Days date is to be determined. Let us know if you would like to participate!