Counselor's Corner

School Counselors are trained and certified in counseling with unique qualifications and skills to address students’ academic, personal/social, and career development needs through the following:

  • Individual and group counseling 
  • Classroom presentations/lessons
  • Teacher/Parent consultations
  • College and career readiness
  • Liaison between families and community resources
  • Assistance with 504s, RTI (Care Team), etc.

Former First Lady Michelle Obama discusses the importance of School Counselors

Attendance

Good attendance is directly related to school success. Students need to be present to learn and be able to stay abreast of information. Other benefits of good school attendance are:

• Promotion of good habits
• Builds routine
• Healthy socialization
• School is fun
• Character Education and Development

“Intelligence plus character that is the goal of true education.” Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

I tell students that character is how we live when no one is watching. Good character promotes understanding of and care for one’s self and others. We have to help our students establish good character traits. Like Dr. King said; it is essential to true education. At Stafford, we work hard all year to promote the monthly character traits:

  • Respect: Show high regard for self, others and property
  • Responsibility: Be accountable for your own behavior
  • Honesty: Be truthful in word and action
  • Caring: Show concern for the well being of others
  • Justice and Fairness: Demonstrate impartial, unbiased and equitable treatment for all
  • Citizenship: Be an informed, responsible and caring participant in your community
  • Courage: Do the right thing in the face of difficulty.  Follow your conscience instead of the crowd
  • Perseverance: Stay with a task and not give up
  • Hope: Believe you will be successful

Bullying

What is bullying? At first glance, it might appear that this behavior is easy to define. A common image of bullying might be of a physically intimidating boy beating up a smaller classmate or of one child shoving another inside a hallway locker. These things are considered bullying, it's important to know that bullying behaviors can be much more complex and varied than historical stereotypes. For example, while some bullying is physical and easy to recognize, bullying can also occur quietly and covertly, through gossip or on a smart phone or the internet, causing serious emotional damage.

Bullying is: intentional, hurtful repeated behavior that humiliates, or harms another person physically or emotionally.

There is also a real or perceived “imbalance of power,” which is described as when the student with the bullying behavior has more “power,” either physically, socially, or emotionally, such as a higher social status, or is physically larger or emotionally intimidating.

The types of Bullying: physical behaviors, verbal, cyber.

Bullying has implications for all students: Bullying is not just about the implications for those targeted by the behaviors, this behavior can impact all students in the school, including witnesses and those that engage in the behavior.

Students often describe bullying as when “someone makes you feel less about who you are as a person.”