Guidance and Counseling


Welcome to the Hutchins Elementary Counseling web page!  I am the Counselor at Hutchins Elementary.

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 Hutchins’ 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


A student may see the Counselor for:

  • developing good feelings about school, family, and society
  • building positive self-images
  • improving relationships with others
  • friendships  
  • bullying
  • doing better in school
  • fears
  • physical concerns
  • learning disabilities
  • grief
  • 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

Where Does a Student See the Counselor?

A student will see the counselor:

  • in the Counselor's office
  • in the classroom
  • 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.

Kelso's Choice

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:

  1. Go to another game or activity.
  2. Share and take turns.
  3. Respectfully talk it over and listen to each other.
  4. Walk away from the problem.
  5. Ignore the problem behavior.
  6. Tell the person to stop the problem behavior.
  7. Apologize.
  8. Make a deal or compromise.
  9. 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.


Word of the Month

The students, teachers, and staff at Hutchins Elementary will study specific positive character traits throughout the school year.  Each month we will focus on a "Word of the Month" and will incorporate it into our daily school life then ideally, the students will use these positive character traits at home.


August/September - Respect
October - Self Discipline
November - Responsibility
December - Honesty
January - Loyalty
February - Effort
March - Friendship
April - Cooperation
May - Common Sense


November: 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 the school, in the local newspaper, and on SKYWARD.
February/March: Students who have been nominated for Gifted and Talented Screening will be tested. Parents will be notified as to the testing schedule.
June- Gifted and Talented testing Results will be sent home.
April/May: Nominations for Credit By Exam are normally accepted during this time of the year. Look for further information on-line.
May: STAAR Testing

 *** First, Second and Third Grade students will take the Reading and Math STAR Renaissance and 9 week assessment tests throughout the year. Check with your child's teacher for these important test dates.


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