National School Counseling Week
I just wanted to send a special thank you out this week in support of National School Counseling Week. While I do believe this week is important in spreading awareness of the profession, I also think it's a great time to thank those who support us and make our job so wonderful to come to. Each of you have entrusted me with your child's well-being at school and that is not something I take lightly. I remember my own self back in middle school (bad perm and caterpillars for eyebrows) and I'm thrilled to be revisiting those years in this way; to help your children navigate the ins and outs of these awkward years. This group of sixth graders so far has filled my heart with such special memories, experiences and conversations. I have loved watching them transition from elementary students to middle schoolers who are finding their own place here at Jones. I appreciate all the support I receive from home and all those who work with us on a daily basis to ensure your child's success both academically and emotionally. This week is about celebrating you and your children who make me fall more in love with this job each day.
Below is an except taken from the American School Counseling Association's (ASCA) website on why middle school counselors are needed and what I can help your child with!
Why Middle School Counselors?
Today’s young people are living in an exciting time, with an increasingly diverse society, new technologies, and expanding opportunities. To help ensure that they are prepared to become the next generation of parents, workers, leaders, and citizens, every student needs support, guidance, and opportunities during adolescence, a time of rapid growth and change. Early adolescents face unique and diverse challenges, both personally and developmentally, that have an impact on academic achievement.
Middle School Students' Developmental Needs
Middle school is an exciting, yet challenging time for students, their parents and teachers. During this passage from childhood to adolescence, middle school students are characterized by a need to explore a variety of interests, connecting their learning in the classroom to its practical application in life and work; high levels of activity coupled with frequent fatigue due to rapid growth; a search for their own unique identity as they begin turning more frequently to peers rather than parents for ideas and affirmation; extreme sensitivity to the comments from others; and heavy reliance on friends to provide comfort, understanding and approval.
Why Middle School Counselors?
Middle school students are characterized by rapid physical growth, curiosity about their world and an emerging self-identity. Through a comprehensive developmental school counseling program, counselors work as a team member with school staff, parents and the community to create a caring, supportive climate and atmosphere whereby young adolescents can achieve academic success. Middle school counselors enhance the learning process and promote academic achievement. School counseling programs are essential for students to achieve optimal personal growth, acquire positive social skills and values, set appropriate career goals and realize full academic potential to become productive, contributing members of the world community. The professional middle school counselor holds a master’s degree and required state certification in school counseling. Maintaining certification includes on-going professional development to stay current with education reform and challenges facing today’s students. Professional association membership is encouraged as it enhances the school counselor’s knowledge and effectiveness.