Happy 2015-2016 School Year!

from the School Counseling Department at TLAM

OUR GOALS AND VISION FOR THE YEAR...

We look forward to collaborating with TLAM's wonderful staff this year, in order to best serve our 1,180 (and counting!) students. As a school counseling department, we have six goals - all of which are related to the academic achievement, behavior, and attendance of our students. We have aligned our goals with TLAM's School Improvement Plan and aim to support the work YOU DO in classrooms every day! As counselors, we serve as student advocates and your partners in education. We serve students' needs in the areas of (1) academics, (2) personal/social, and (3) college and career readiness.

WHY ARE WE HERE AND WHAT DO WE DO?

Decades ago, counselors were introduced to assist students with occupational/vocational choices, college preparation support, etc.These educators took courses and were dubbed "guidance counselors." Fast forward to present day and you'll find we have national ,state, and local professional organizations and legislation that support us professionally; a minimum requirement of a master's degree in counseling, and possibly specializations. Guidance is merely one of the services School Counselors provide in the form of:

  • individual counseling
  • small group counseling
  • classroom guidance lessons
  • consultation services
  • intervention services
  • referrals to Full Service Counseling Services
  • referrals to other community agencies
  • peer mediation services
  • 504 and ESOL monitoring

NEWSLETTERS AND COMMUNICATION

We plan to keep you informed and supported with all things Guidance/Student Services through regular updates, but feel free to stop in, email, or call. We have also created a folder on the Share Drive titled "SCHOOL COUNSELING" where will continue to post resources. If we think something may be helpful or useful, it will be on our blog, on the Share Drive, and/or highlighted in newsletters.

Here's to a GREAT YEAR!

TLAM's SCHOOL COUNSELORS

Ms. Ruffian - serves students w/ last names A-K
Ms. Russell - serves students w/ last names L-Z

Our blog is under construction, but we are posting information, resources, and events for students, parents, teachers, and other stakeholders. CHECK IT OUT!
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