Golden Wood Elementary
School Counseling Program
Welcome Parents and Students!
The 2014-2015 school year is right around the corner, and the school counseling department is excited to tell you about changes we are making in the coming year. New programs for students, parent workshops, and unique family services are just a few of the things you can look forward to this year. Read here to learn more about the school counseling program and use the contact information below to let us know your thoughts or questions. We look forward to seeing you soon!
About Our Program
As a result of their experiences with Golden Wood Elementary’s comprehensive and developmental school counseling program, all students will develop a foundation that will support lifelong learning. It is our goal to remove barriers to learning by addressing the social/emotional, career, and academic needs of students. Through our advocacy, leadership and services, students will be empowered to reach their full potential.
At Golden Wood Elementary, we value equity in education, respect for diversity, and collaboration of services.
Our School Counselors
Golden Wood Elementary has three new school counselors this year. Ms. Taylor Bryant, Mrs. Ashley Shivers, and Ms. Allison Otting are all recent graduates of the University of Iowa. They invite you to contact them with any inquiries.
This year, our three school counselors will be using individual counseling to support the academic, career, and personal/social development of students. Ms. Bryant will be counseling our kindergarten through second grade students, Mrs. Shivers will be counseling our third through fifth grade students, and Ms. Otting will be counseling our at-risk and military students. If you think you or your child could benefit from individual counseling, please contact the school counselors.
Small Group Counseling
We will be increasing our small group counseling sessions this year. Groups for military children, peer mediators, upstanders, and at-risk students will be offered throughout the year. Topics like divorce, study skills, friendship, social skills, conflict resolution, anxiety, and anger management will also be covered in small groups as needed. If you think you or your child could benefit from small group counseling, please contact the school counselors.
This year, we are excited to be using the Second Step program in our kindergarten through fifth grade classrooms. Second Step uses fun, engaging lessons to help students learn the empathy, emotion-management, and problem-solving skills they need. In addition, we will be using Second Step's anti-bullying curriculum during Bullying Awareness Month in October to help students recognize, respond, and report bullying at Golden Wood.
We will be offering several parent workshops in the 2014-2015 school year. On September 3rd, parents are invited to our workshop on positive school climate. On October 5th, we will use the program Breaking the Cycle of Bullying to discuss how to stop bullying behaviors at home. On November 5th, our military liaison and representatives from our military families will do a workshop on military families. On December 3rd our topic will be understanding and responding to poverty. On February 4th, parents will have three options of parenting workshops to attend, each led by one of our school counselors. Finally, on March 21st and again on May 9th, we will hold Saturday workshops on SKA preparation.
Parent Teacher Association
We encourage parent involvement in the Parent Teacher Association (PTA) at Golden Wood Elementary. The PTA will organize events for families at our school and address needs of students and staff throughout the year. If you would like to become a member of the PTA or learn more about their events for 2014-2015, please contact Golden Wood's main office.
This year we will be establishing an advisory council to the school counseling department. This council will be composed of staff members, community partners, and parents. If you would like to be involved in our advisory council, please contact one of the school counselors for more information.