Maryville School Counseling

August 2014

Guidance News

At some point I will manage to get out the newsletters every month. I am hoping that will the easier design of that it will make the newsletters a lot easier. I strongly dislike editing on Microsoft Word. I swear it deletes things. So here we go. . .2014-2015 school year. . .Guidance newsletters every month!
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Leader In Me: The Seven Habits

Classroom Guidance for the 2014-2015 school year will focus on teaching the Seven Habits of Highly Effective Kids. Teaching of these seven habits ties in with the steps to becoming a Leader in Me school, which is a goal of Maryville Elementary. Below you can find a brief overview of each of the habits and how to practice each of them.

August's guidance will focus on what and who a school counselor is, with the 7 habits teaching beginning in September.

September: Habit 1: BE PROACTIVE

I am a responsible person. I take initiative. I choose my actions, attitudes and moods. I do not blame others for my wrong actions. I do the right thing with out being asked, even when no one is looking.


I plan ahead and set goals. I do things that have meaning and make a difference. I am an important part of my classroom and contribute to my school's mission and vision. I look for ways to be a good citizen.


I spend my time on things that are most important. This means I say no to things I know I should not do. I set priorities, make a schedule and follow my plan. I am disciplined and organized.

December: Habit 4: THINK WIN-WIN

I balance courage for getting what I want with consideration for what others want. I make deposits in others' Emotional bank Accounts. When conflicts arise, I look for Third Alternatives.


I listen to other people's ideas and feelings. I try to see things from their viewpoints. I listen to others without interrupting. I am confident in voicing my ideas. I look people int he eyes when talking.

February: Habit 6: SYNERGIZE

I value other people's strengths and learn from them. I get along well with others, even people who are different from me. I work well in groups. I seek out other people's ideas to solve problems because I know that by teaming with others, we can create better solutions than anyone of us can alone. I am humble.

March: Habit 7: SHARPEN THE SAW

I take care of my body by eating right, exercising and getting sleep. I spend time with family and friends. I learn in lots of ways and lots of places, not just at school. I find meaningful ways to help others.

Because we will NOT have 15 snow days this year, the end of April is being reserved for testing preparations.

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The 2013-2014 school year was rough in terms of referrals. Just about every month saw an increase in the amount of referrals from the year before. The insane amount of snow days did not help the situation at all. It is very important to make sure we are teaching and reteaching the expectations during class time. This includes when we return from a break or long weekend, before an assembly, special area or lunch or just as a general brush up.

PBIS (Positive Behavior Intervention Systems) and ABRI (Academic and Behavior Response Interventions) are becoming very popular in schools across the United States. There are a lot of helpful websites if you need assistance with re-teaching expectations or are just looking for new ideas. Below are a few of the best websites I've found. There are LOTS more, but I don't want to over whelm you. Send me an email if you want links to other websites as well.

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Patriots Piggy Bank

In January of 2014, Maryville founded their Patriots Piggy Bank. Students could earn Maryville Money for following the expectations and making good choices. The majority of the feedback I heard from this was positive. Students saved their money and once a month were allowed to visit the MES Mart to make purchases.

There were several major issues with the bank:

1. Errors in calculating the amount of money students had earned.

2. Students would be late to class just about every Thursday or Friday because of making deposits.

3. Printing off money over and over again.

4. The store is a major pain.

I spent some time this summer with the counselor at Mt. Washington Elementary where they have a money and banking system as well (started by none other than Mrs. Esterle!) Here are some of the changes they have made to the process:

They have moved to once a month deposits. This allows for fewer bank errors and less time away from instruction. Instead of students being late to class every Thursday because of bus arrival and breakfast and deposits, it now only affects one day a month.

I'm not sure how we can avoid printing off lots of money. Last semester if we went longer than a week between deposit days, the money ran out very quickly. If you have a classroom method for tracking money, you can reuse your money once it's been counted. Write a Maryville check to replace the student's money and then money can be reused.

The store is and probably always will be a major pain, but the students love it, so I will deal with it!



Monday, Aug. 4th, 5-6:30pm

Maryville Elementary School

First Day of School

Wednesday, Aug. 6th, 9am

Maryville Elementary School

Towne Hall will take place at 2 PM and be led by Mrs. Esterle and Mrs. Barron

Back to School Title 1 Bash

Friday, Aug. 22nd, 5-7pm

Maryville Elementary School

More information will be coming.

Marvelous Mondays

Monday, Aug. 25th, 9:15-11:30am

Maryville Library

In an attempt to take some of the burden off of teachers due to the loss of Mr. Meeks the last Monday of the month will be our Arts and Humanities (Marvelous) Mondays. They will be run very similar to our Early Release Days from last year. From 9:15-10:15 kindergarten through second grade will meet in the library and from 10:30-11:30, third through fifth graders will meet. This will take the place of Special Areas for the day.

On August 25, our presenter will be Maria Whitely from Shine in Louisville, KY. Her focus will be on music and movement with the students. We are attempting to schedule Bart Galloway (the artist/puppeteer) from Career Day for September.


Monday, Aug. 25th, 9pm

Individual Classrooms

Classroom Guidance for August will focus on students meeting their School Counselor. Guidance will take place August 25-August 29, 2014. Please look for an email to schedule your class' time with Mrs. Barron.

Other Dates:

August 13: Patriot Patrol and Bank Teller applications are due (4th and 5th grades)

August 27: ABRI meeting

August 28: Detention (Manion and McFadden)

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Counseling Goals for the 2014-2015 School Year

During the 2014-2015 school year, I am working on improving the school counseling program to better meet the needs of Maryville students, staff and stake holders. To do this successfully, I need your input. Below you will find a link to the Elementary School Counseling Needs Assessment. Please take 5-10 minutes to complete this online survey so that I can begin looking at ways to improve Maryville School Counseling.

The results are completely unanimous so please be honest. The results will be shared in a future newsletter or staff meeting. However, some goals have already been created for the school year. They include:

1. Incorporating more data into the guidance program.

2. Utilizing technology: When students come into my office for individual counseling, most of them complete a quick three minute assessment about how they are doing in terms of reaching their counseling goals. This assessment and others have been moved to an online system. Students will be given an ipad to complete this assessment. Their personal data, along with data from other sessions can then be analyze to determine their growth.

3. Consistent monthly newsletters on guidance events and topics.

4. Focusing more on career, as verses just college in our attempt to be "College and Career Ready."

5. Decrease the amount of discipline referrals by 15%. This would be a drop from 106 referrals to 90.

6. An increase in the amount of time in the classroom providing guidance and/or other assistance.

Elementary School Counseling Needs Assessment

Please take a few minutes to fill out the Elementary School Counseling Needs Assessment if you haven't already. This will help me to build a better school counseling program at Maryville.

Cheesy Back to School Humor

Why was the math book unhappy?

He had too many problems.

What did the student say after the teacher said, "Order students, order?"

Can I have a burger and fries?

Why did the new boy steal a chair from the classroom?

Because the teacher told him to have a seat!

What did the calculator say to the other calculator?

You can count on me!

Do you know how bees get to school?

On the school buzz.

Why didn't the sun go to college?

Because it already had a million degrees.

What's big and yellow and comes every morning to brighten your mom's day?

The school bus!