Counselor's Corner

August 2022

Meet Your School Counselor, Ms. McCaskill

Hey there! I am so excited for another year at SMES. I graduated from the University of Georgia in 2018 with a Bachelors in Public Relations, earned my Masters of Education in School Counseling from Valdosta State University in 2020, and am currently working on my Educational Specialist Degree. This will be my third year as a school counselor. I love working with students and families at SMES and helping them through life's challenges.


My primary goal is to help all students become better learners by providing a comprehensive counseling program that meets their academic, career, and social/emotional needs. I meet with students individually, conduct small groups, and teach classroom counseling lessons. I provide solution-focused brief counseling to help students overcome issues that have an impact on their school performance, but my role is not to diagnose or provide long-term therapy. I am happy to refer out to community resources such as mental health professionals if needed. I also work closely with parents, administrators, and teachers regarding attendance concerns, 504 plans, and the MTSS process. Please don't hesitate to reach out if there is anything I can help with!

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Classroom Counseling Lessons

Your student will be taught a classroom counseling lesson approximately once a month from me during their resource time. Lesson topics include kindness, growth mindset, making and keeping friends, conflict resolution, cooperation and teamwork, character education, career awareness, bullying, personal safety, etc. These lessons help support Social Emotional Learning (SEL). SEL is a lifelong process of learning how to better understand ourselves, connect with others, and work together to achieve goals and support each other.


August Lesson Topics:

Kindergarten - Kindness

1st and 2nd grade - Growth Mindset

3rd grade - Friendship

4th grade - Empathy

5th grade - Growth Mindset

Small Group Counseling

Counseling small groups and lunch bunches will be starting up within the next couple of weeks. These groups cover similar topics to the classroom lessons and take a deeper dive. Groups generally consist of 6-8 students from the same grade level. Parent permission forms will be sent out prior to the start of group.

How Do I Refer my Student to Speak with the Counselor?

To refer your student to be seen by the school counselor, please complete the School Counselor Request Google Form. If you need more immediate assistance, please call me at 912-882-9280.

Attendance

If your child is absent, please have them return to school with an excuse note. See below for excuse note guidelines.
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School Supplies

Please call or email me at sbmccaskill@camden.k12.ga.us if your child is in need of a backpack or school supplies. The Counseling Department has resources available to help.
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