Welcome Back!


We are so excited to start this school year with a new addition to the School Counseling Program, Mrs. Martinez! With two School Counselors at Banning Lewis Ranch Academy, we believe that our entire community wil benefit immensely. We will continue to offer and strive to better the following services for your child:

  • Individual Counseling
  • Small Groups
  • Classroom Counseling
  • Academic Planning

We also welcome and thrive on collaboration with parents, teachers, administrators, and other school staff to promote student success. Please feel free to contact us at any time regarding your child's emotional, social, academics concerns. Don't know where to start? Read the 5 Back to School Tips located in this newsletter.

For more information about what we do please follow the link to the BLRA School Counseling website. You could also take a few minutes to watch First Lady Michelle Obama who delivered an historical speech to almost 2,000 School Counselors at the annual American School Counseling Association conference.

Lastly, we would love to meet you! Please join us at our Coffee Talk for a presentation and discussion regarding the School Counseling program at BLRA.

We know you are going to have an excellent year!

Mrs. Panariso and Mrs. Martinez

Coffee Talk with the School Counselors

Wednesday, Sep. 24th, 8-8:30am

7094 Cottonwood Tree Dr

Colorado Springs, CO

Come have coffee, snacks, and learn about the services the School Counseling program at Banning Lewis Ranch Academy has to offer before heading off to work for the day! This is also a great time to meet both the School Counselors and connect with other parents in our community.

5 Back to School Tips for a Successful School Year

1. Understand the expertise and responsibilities of your child’s school counselor. School counselors make a measurable impact in every student’s life, assisting with academic, career and personal/social development. Professional school counselors are trained in both educating and counseling, allowing them to function as a facilitator between parents, teachers and the student in matters concerning the student’s goals, abilities and any areas needing improvement. School counselors provide services not only to students in need, but to all students.

2. Meet or contact your child’s school counselor at least three times per school year. The beginning of a school year is an excellent opportunity to initiate contact with your child’s school counselor and doing so can ensure your child’s positive school experience. Find out who the counselor is and what his or her experience and background are. By communicating with one another at the beginning, middle and end of the school year, parents and counselors can have a definite impact on a child’s success.

3. Discuss your child’s challenges and concerns with the school counselor. As a parent, you know your child best. However, the school counselor can help you better understand your child as a student. It’s important to encourage your child’s expression of needs, hopes and frustrations. School counselors are trained to help your children.

4. Learn about your child’s school and social connections from the school counselor. When you need information or assistance, your child’s school counselor can help you get in touch with the appropriate school officials; learn about school policies on behavior, attendance and dress; know the school calendar of important dates; and stay connected with the school in many other ways. The school counselor can also help you locate resources in the community when you need them.

5. Work with the school counselor to identify resources and find solutions to problems. If your child is having a problem at school, it is important to work with your child’s school counselor to find solutions. Discuss resources available within and outside of the school, and get information on how such programs can benefit your child. Your school counselor can be a valuable partner in your child’s education and preparation for life beyond school.

By taking advantage of all the school counseling department has to offer, you can help your child start off on the right foot – and stay there – this school year.

Parents can go to to learn more about the various roles and services of school counselors and how to work with school counselors to help their children achieve success