LAJH School Counseling Program
VISION & MISSION
We believe all students are unique and can be successful in their own way with appropriate support. We provide access to a school counseling program that is comprehensive, developmentally appropriate and based on the education of the whole student.
The Guidance Department at Lake Asbury Junior High School is staffed with Masters Degree level School Counselors. We provide academic, personal, and social counseling to all students. We are fully trained in all areas of crisis, abuse, death, divorce, suicide, depression, emotional problems, and other at-risk type behaviors.
SCHOOL COUNSELING STAFF
*7th Grade: Mrs. Grantham (A-Q)
*8th Grade: Ms. Koporc (A-Q)
*7th/8th Grades: Mrs. Ranger (R-Z)
*Guidance Secretary: Mrs. Butler
*Registration/Records: Mrs. Barker
LAJH School Counselors also organize school activities and serve on several committees that support the welfare of students and staff. Some activities include but are not limited to addressing mental health awareness, bullying, careers, cultural diversity, and much more. Committees include:
Tiger Mentor Program,
School Safety & Security Committee,
Curriculum Council & Leadership Committee
Individual counseling is provided for any student who is self-referred, referred by a teacher, parent, administrator, or another student. During individual meetings the school counselor can help children understand and accept themselves, cope with family changes and/or family crises. Students can develop decision making skills, conflict resolution skills, anger management techniques, and problem solving strategies.
Group counseling, which involves a number of students working on shared tasks and developing supportive relationships in a group setting, is an efficient, effective and positive way of providing direct service to students with academic, career and social/emotional developmental issues and situational concerns. By allowing individuals to develop insights into themselves and others, group counseling makes it possible for more students to achieve healthier personal adjustment, cope with the stress of a rapidly changing and complex environment and learn to communicate and cooperate with others. Research on group counseling suggests that this intervention is rather robust for a variety of academic, career and social/emotional concerns.
EDUCATIONAL 504 Plans
The school counselors at LAJH advocate for students in the 504 plan process, and have the sole responsibility of initiating, writing, and management of the 504 process. The 504 process also requires a team effort from all educators involved in the development and implementation of a student’s 504 Plan. To learn more about the 504 plan process, click on the link below.
English Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) is a program designed specifically to improve the language proficiency of students whose native language is not English. The school counselors at LAJH assess potential English Language Learners for (ELL) services. Through scheduling, the counselors provide ELL students equal access to appropriate programs.
ELL students receive instruction from an ELA teacher that has had ESOL training. ELL students also receive a two-way word-to-word dictionary or they can use technology (computer, tablet, cell phone) to support their learning in the classroom. In addition to receiving academic instruction, all active or eligible ELL students have access to the Rosetta Stone Program, the best online Language Learning program. Rosetta Stone can be accessed from any device that has internet capabilities.
FLORIDA STATE ASSESSMENTS
Florida’s K-12 assessment system measures students’ achievement of Florida’s education standards, which were developed and implemented to ensure that all students graduate from high school ready for success in college, career, and life. Assessment supports instruction and student learning, and test results help Florida’s educational leadership determine whether the goals of the education system are being met.
The school counselors at LAJH support the testing coordinator or assistant principal in overseeing the preparations and administration of the Florida Standardized Assessments (FSA). Job duties range from organizing testing and training schedules, organizing appropriate testing locations for all students, training test proctors, and ensuring that everything is prepared for each day of testing. School counselors are also responsible for packaging and returning all assessments for scoring purposes in a timely manner. FSA testing starts in April and concludes at the end of May each school year. For more information, click on the following links.