Guidance and Counseling
Welcome to the Hutchins Elementary Counseling web page! My name is Elaine Rawlings and I am the Counselor for the students at Hutchins.
I would like to provide you with some basic information about the Guidance and Counseling Program and give you an idea of what you and your child can look forward to from the Counseling and Guidance Program at Hutchins Elementary School.
Elementary School Counselors try to HELP ALL STUDENTS get the most out of their school experience.
My goals as the Hutchin's Elementary School Counselor include:
- helping make the early school years for the students a rewarding and memorable learning experience
- laying the foundation for future success and achievement
- helping students understand themselves and others
- helping students attain a high self esteem
- providing crisis intervention
- assisting all students with concerns and needs
Conflict or disagreement is normal and often happens when children get together. However, hurtful words, gestures, or physical attack are unacceptable ways to deal with conflict and disagreement at school. Our goal at Hutchins Elementary is to teach the students a program entitled "Kelso's Choice" which gives students several positive ways to deal with conflicts. To do this, we are asking students who have minor problems to try at least two of the following ideas:
- Go to another game or activity.
- Share and take turns.
- Respectfully talk it over and listen to each other.
- Walk away from the problem.
- Ignore the problem behavior.
- Tell the person to stop the problem behavior.
- Make a deal or compromise.
- Wait to cool off.
This process can be done before asking for adult help. When a request for adult help is made, it will include the two ideas tried: "Mrs. Jones, Tad is teasing me about my glasses. I tried ignoring him, and I've told him it hurts my feelings when he makes fun of me. He's still calling me names." The teacher will get involved and help solve the problem. Of course, the teacher will immediately handle any serious conflicts that cause a child to feel threatened or frightened. By using this plan, we believe that our students will develop effective problem-solving skills that they can use again and again. It will help them to deal with conflict in a positive manner and to make appropriate decisions. Knowing what to do will help students reduce the stress and number of conflicts they have at school and in their neighborhood. Colorful charts illustrating ways to deal with conflict will be posted so all children will know their choices. We encourage you to become familiar with this program and use it in your home. By working together, we can develop a healthy life skill for young people to use at home and at school.
A student may see the Counselor for:
- developing good feelings about school, family, and society
- building positive self images
- improving relationships with others
- doing better in school
- physical concerns
- learning disabilities
- just to talk to someone
How Does a Student See the Counselor?
A Student at Hutchins Elementary can see the Counselor by:
- referring themselves
- a teacher referral
- a parent referral
- an administrative referral
- a referral by a friend
- special services referral
A referral to the counselor is automatically made when:
- a new student enrolls
- a student makes a failing nine weeks grade
- a student is placed in ISS
Where Does a Student See the Counselor?
A student will see the counselor:
- in the Counselor's office
- in the clssroom
- in the hallway
- in the cafeteria
- on the playground
If you have any questions about the school counseling services, please give me a call or e-mail me to discuss this further.
Word of the Month
The students, teachers, and staff at Hutchins Elementary will study specific positive character traits throughout the 2012-2013 school year. Each month we will focus on a "Word of the Month" and will incorporate it into our daily life while at school then ideally, the students should use these positive character traits while at home.
WORD OF THE MONTH POSITIVE CHARACTER TRAITS
- September - Respect
- October - Self Discipline
- November - Responsibility
- December - Honesty
- January - Loyalty
- February - Effort
- March - Friendship
- April - Cooperation
- May - Common Sense
- Jan.: Nominations for the Gifted and Talented Program are normally accepted during a two week window during this time of the year. More information about making a nomination, along with nomination deadlines for this school year, will be advertised on handouts from school, in the local newspaper, and on cable TV.
- Feb.: Students who have been nominated for Gifted and Talented Screening will be tested. Parents will receive a testing schedule.
- Apr./May: Nominations for Credit By Exam are normally accepted during this time of the year. Look for further information (on registration and deadlines) on-line and in the Leader Newspaper for details.
- June: Testing for Credit By Exam will take place. If your child is registered for this exam, you will receive more information about the testing schedule.
- Apr. 23: STAAR Math --Gr. 3
- Apr. 24: STAAR Reading. --Gr. 3
*** Second and Third Grade students will take the Reading STAR test and 9 week assessment tests throughout the year. Check with your child's teacher for these important test dates.