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 Holly Springs Elementary School Counseling Program Mission Statement

 

The mission of the School Counseling Program at Holly Springs Elementary is to support the school community by developing and integrating a comprehensive guidance program that will assist students in academic, career and personal/social programs. This will allow students to develop a positive sense of self and become effective students, responsible citizens and lifelong learners. 

 

 

Holly Springs Elementary provides a comprehensive and developmental counseling program for students in all grade levels.  This program is designed to meet student needs by promoting and supporting personal, social, emotional and academic growth.

Aspects of the counseling program include classroom guidance, small group counseling, individual counseling, and consultation with school staff and parents. 

  • Classroom Guidance:  Classroom guidance lessons are developmental in design and address topics such as test-taking skills, bullying, manners, responsibility, etc. 
  • Small Group Counseling:  Small group counseling provides a small group learning environment with students who may share a common concern, such as divorce, grief and loss, friendship skills, etc. 
  • Individual Counseling:  Individual counseling consists of working with individual students to help meet specific needs.  Administrators, teachers, and parents/guardians may refer students for individual counseling.  Students may also refer themselves. 
  • Consultation:  The school counselor consults and collaborates with parents, teachers, administration, and other significant school personnel to provide support and promote student success.

 

 

  Holly Springs Elementary is a

NO-BULLYING ZONE!  

Here at Holly Springs, we care greatly about the well-being and safety of our students.  We believe in providing students with a positive and safe learning environment.  As part of creating that positive, safe learning environment, we have adopted the Olweus Bullying Prevention Program.  The Olweus Bullying Prevention Program is simple, yet effective. 

According to the Olweus Bullying Prevention Program, bullying takes place when, "A person is bullied when he or she is exposed, repeatedly and over time, to negative actions on the part of one or more persons, and he or she has difficulty defending himself or herself (Olweus, Limber, Flerx, Mullin, Riese, Snyder, 2007, p.11).

Bullying can include a variety of actions including: physical harassment, verbal harassment, spreading rumors and gossip, sending mean messages on the internet or cell phone, or exclusion from the group of peers. 

There are four basic anti-bullying rules of the Olweus Bullying Prevention Program:

1.       We will not bully others.

2.       We will try to help students who are bullied.

3.       We will try to include students who are left out.

4.       If we know that somebody is being bullied, we will tell an adult at school and an adult at home. 

In the classroom, teachers will conduct class meetings on a consistent basis in order to build a sense of community and family among peers.  During these class meetings, some of the following topics will be discussed:

•·  In-depth discussion of the 4 anti-bullying rules

•·  Understanding exactly what bullying is

•·  Understanding the various roles that all students play in bullying situations

•·  How to seek assistance from an adult if someone is being bullied

•·  Specific peer-relationship issues as they arise

Holly Springs Elementary is proud to take a united stand against the issue of bullying.  Parents and guardians also play a key role taking a stand against bullying.  Your child will be asked to tell an adult at school and at home if he or she is bullied or sees bullying happening at school. Any reports of bullying can be made to a classroom teacher, guidance counselor, or administrator. 

 

Olweus, P. D., Limber, P. S., Flerx, P. V., Mullin, N., Riese, J., & Snyder, P. D. (2007). Olweus Bullying Prevention Program: Schoolwide Guide. Center City, MN: Hazelden.

 

Become a Mentor Today!!!

The Douglas County School System has a wonderful mentoring program in place to provide positive role models for students, and to provide priceless volunteer opportunities for adults.  Our school is looking for adults who are available to commit to becoming a mentor for children in our school, or any other school in Douglas County.  Mentors spend time with their mentees during school hours.  The mission of the mentoring program is, "To ensure all students have positive, caring, supportive adult role models as part of their lives to enhance their chances for success in school, complete their education, and grow up to be contributing citizens".

Please contact me if you are interested in becoming a mentor, or call

770- 651-3445 or email: mentor@douglas.k12.ga.us