Keri Hokanson Olufson, school counselor at Peter Hobart, worked with students on Dedication. Students heard the classic tale "The Little Engine That Could" by Watty Piper and then were asked to think about what skill or spark are they working on. Is it always easy to learn something new? Is it always easy to stick with it and be dedicated? Students were given the chance to share what it is that they are dedicated to.
I Love My School Counselor .... Tell Us Why.
We are midway through our 3 year federally funded grant. As we begin to make plans for the last year of our grant we are hoping to get feedback from our students, families, teachers, community members on why they think the Elementary School Counseling role is important. You can either click on the picture or head to the I Love My School Counselor page on our site.
Thank you ahead of time for sharing your thoughts with us!
This month counselors are working with students on the topic of Perseverance.
At this point in the school year students have learned so many new skills and are being asked to show their learning and understanding through testing, projects and other avenues. This is a great opportunity for students to remember to keep going and not give up. There may be days that seem harder but they can do it.
It is also getting warmer outside. Spring sports and outdoor activities begin to take over. So many of our children have a new goal or new skill they want to master (bike riding, jump roping, baseball, etc.) or a Spark that they are trying to perfect.
Perseverance is a skill we use throughout life. Counselors will be providing students the opportunity to discuss what it is and allowing students to hear from others on how they keep going and not give up.
Dancing in the Wings by Debbie Allen
Making Your Mark on the World
Sassy is a long-legged girl who always has something to say. She wants to be a ballerina more than anything, but she worries that her too-large feet, too-long legs, and even her big mouth will keep her from her dream. When a famous director comes to visit her class, Sassy does her best to get his attention with high jumps and a bright leotard. Her first attempts are definitely not appreciated, but with her heart set on dancing and her head above the rest, Sassy just might be able to win him over.
Ron's Big Mission by Rose Blue & Corinne J. Naden
Nine-year-old Ron loves going to the Lake City Public Library to look through all the books on airplanes and flight. Today, Ron is ready to take out books by himself. But in the segregated world of South Carolina in the 1950's, Ron's obtaining his own library card is not just a small rite of passage. It is a young man's first courageous mission. Ron's Big Mission is a fictionalized account of a real incident in astronaut Ron McNair's life.
"You can only be a winner if you are willing to walk over the edge," astronaut McNair once told a group of children. "You're eagles. Spread your wings and fly to the sky."