Counselor Corner

A New Year!

First Semester in Review

Happy New Year! We can hardly believe that the first semester is over and February is just upon us! We have had a fantastic time working with students in classroom guidance classes. In the first semester of classroom guidance we discussed topics ranging from: the role of the school counselor, respect, responsibility, identifying and reporting bullying, the success skills of listening and paying attention, respecting personal space, Kelso’s Choices for Conflict Management, decision-making, understanding consequences, perseverance, goal-setting, caring for ourselves, others, and the community, self-esteem, and healthy friendships.

We wrapped up our first round of small groups and lunch bunches on topics such as friendship skills, divorce care/family change, and social skills, and will be starting new groups this quarter.

We look forward to the rest of this school year! Please contact us if we can be of service to you and your child.

~Shelbie and Rebecca

Celebrate National School Counseling Week February 1st-5th!

What is National School Counseling Week?

National School Counseling Week 2016, "School Counseling: The Recipe for Success," will be celebrated from Feb. 1-5, 2016, to focus public attention on the unique contribution of professional school counselors within U.S. school systems. National School Counseling Week, sponsored by ASCA, highlights the tremendous impact school counselors can have in helping students achieve school success and plan for a career.

Upcoming Events

Kids on the Block

Kids on the Block of STARS Nashville will be visiting Scales in February. The programs are: "Sticks and Stones" for Kindergarten, "Problem Solving" for First Grade, and "Awareness of Differences" for Second Grade. Please visit their website at for more information.

Careers on Wheels and Career Fair

Scales will be hosting its 2nd Annual Careers on Wheels for Grades K-2 and Career Fair for Grades 3-5. We are so excited to be offering these events again! The Career Fair will be the afternoon of Wednesday, March 16th, and Careers on Wheels will be the morning of Thursday, March 17th. If you are interested in presenting on your career or volunteering to help, we would greatly appreciate it. Please contact us at and, or see the sign-up form below.

Small Group Counseling (AKA: Lunch Bunch!)

We will begin small groups at the beginning of February, and are thrilled to help meet the needs through this fun way of counseling. Students in small groups are referred by either a caring teacher or a parent, and meet once a week for 5-7 weeks during lunch or another time agreed upon by the teachers. If you feel your child may benefit from a small group on one of the following topics, please contact Shelbie Ely (Grades 3-5) or Rebecca Matthews (Grades K-2) at or

  • Anxiety
  • Friendship
  • Divorce Care/Family Change
  • Grief

Please keep in mind that depending on the need and the amount of referrals, we may reach out to discuss meeting the needs of your child in an individual setting rather than a small group. Thank you!

The Role of the School Counselor

As a part of our comprehensive, developmental School Counseling program at Scales Elementary, our counselors serve our students, parents, and teachers through a wide variety of services. Some of the services include:

· Responsive Services- personal and crisis counseling, small group counseling, 504 and support services

· Classroom Curriculum- classroom lessons, character education, group activities, newsletters, and transition issues

· System Support- staff and community relations through consultation and collaboration

· Individual Planning- test planning and interpretation

Introducing our School Counseling Intern!

Hi! My name is Clara Chandler, and I am excited to be your School Counseling Intern this semester. I am a second year student in Vanderbilt University’s M.Ed. in the Human Development Counseling program. Originally from North Carolina, I attended Appalachian State University majoring in Elementary Education. I will be at Scales each week on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday this semester with Miss Ely and Mrs. Matthews. I am so looking forward to working with you and the students at Scales!

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Shelbie Ely and Rebecca Matthews, School Counselors ... Supporting Scales Students and Families...

About Me

Shelbie Ely, MA, NCC

Professional School Counselor

Scales Elementary School

About Me

Rebecca Matthews, M.Ed., NCC

Professional School Counselor

Scales Elementary School