From the beginning, New Summit decided that we would focus on character and emotional development skills as an integral part of the overall curriculum. The elementary school years set the foundation for developing the knowledge, attitudes, and skills necessary for children to become healthy, competent, and confident lifelong learners. These factors along with the ones below, helped New Summit know that school counseling would play an essential role at our school.
We also understand that we have a diverse group of students that we will be serving and that a child’s background, story, history, and their individual needs have a profound impact on their success in the classroom, as well as their overall educational success.
Finally, we desire to provide unique training and resources to our teachers in order to help them instruct and build relationships with all students, even those who struggle in the academic environment for one reason or another.
What is a School Counselor?
School Counselors are individuals who are uniquely trained in child development, learning strategies, coping skills, and the intertwined and correlated relationship between education, academic success, and everything that goes on or has gone on for a child outside of school.
The elementary years are a time when students begin to develop their academic self-concept and feelings of competence and confidence as learners. They are beginning to develop decision-making, communication, and life skills, as well as character values. It is also a time when students develop and acquire attitudes towards school, self, peers, social groups, authority figures, and families. New Summit Charter Academy has decided that we will be a place where children can thrive and where their needs are met.
Who is Our School Counselor & What Does She Do?
In her role, our school counselor, Mrs. Wise works as an integral part of New Summit’s overall vision to meet the needs of students so that they can be successful both emotionally and academically. We are looking to provide character education in addition to prevention and intervention methods that will help our students engage with their teachers, peers, and the educational material.
Additionally, in her role, Cortnie serves as part of the team for all students who require 504s and IEPs regarding social and emotional needs or behaviors. We believe that school needs to be a safe place where students can ask for help and know that their needs will be met. It is our desire to provide students with counseling and additional resources that may be needed to help students process through life and learn the skills needed to make their experience at New Summit an experience of achievement.
We are currently looking into programming that includes education on social skills, self-esteem, coping skills, healthy sexuality and relationships, anti-bullying, and difficult family dynamics. Our School Counselor works to engage students and collaborate with the rest of the school staff in the delivery of programs and activities to help students meet their goals. She will also collaborate with teachers, parents, and students on early identification of and intervention in children’s academic and emotional needs, which is essential to removing barriers to learning and developing skills and behaviors critical for academic success.
It is our desire to be a place where barriers can be identified and rectified or addressed early on. Through this and through school counseling, we hope to provide students with an environment that hears them, sees them, and celebrates them.
Mrs. Wise has started to and will continue to be working to provide direct instruction, teacher training, learning activities, goal-focused counseling services, crisis response, and team collaboration and consultation. She will be available to support teachers, parents, students, and administrators in the implementation of programming that meets every student’s individual needs.
Additionally, she will work to identify community resources that will be helpful for parents and students. Through an integrative approach that includes a holistic view of the children we serve, New Summit will strive to provide a program that is designed to create a lifelong love of learning.
Why School Counseling?
Overall, it is our belief that every child is served by giving them access to people who can help them develop the emotional skills needed to cope with the hardships they will encounter in life. It is a well-known reality that resiliency is created by providing today’s generation with just one person who believes in them. At New Summit, in the comprehensive school counseling program, as well as in every staff member they encounter, students will be surrounded by professionals who believe in them and are cheering them on to be the best they can be!