Whole Child Newsletter

Welch, Langdon, Combs, Turner, Robinson

Guidance Lessons for August

Kinders- What is a School Counselor?

First - 8th - Mindset

**I will be doing a sample mindset lesson for K-5 after school so you can see what your students are learning so you can use them in your classroom. It will be after school on 8/22 in my room. I will schedule another time for middle school.

Megan Langdon: What the heck does a school social worker do?

School Social Workers are trained mental health professionals with a degree in social work who provide services related to a person's social, emotional and life adjustment to school and/or society. School Social Workers are the link between the home, school and community in providing direct as well as indirect services to students, families and school personnel to promote and support students' academic and social success.


  • Participating in special education assessment meetings as well as individual Educational Planning Meetings
  • Working with those problems in a child's living situation that affect the child’s adjustment in school. (home, school, and community)
  • Preparing a social or developmental history on a child with a disability.
  • Counseling (group, individual and/or family)
  • Mobilizing family, school, and community resources to enable the child to learn as effectively as possible in his or her educational program
  • Assisting in developing positive behavioral intervention strategies.

From the Nurses Office: What does a School Nurse do?

School nurses are so much more than band-aids and ice packs. They are a valuable part of the Mabel Student Services team.

Parents and families must understand:

❱ The link between health and education

❱ The common health conditions impacting students’ ability to learn

❱ How to identify, manage and improve health conditions

❱ How schools “work” within North Carolina’s local and state education systems

❱ Student rights under current federal and state laws and school district policies

❱ Success stories from parent advocacy groups at the local and state levels

❱ Advocacy approaches and tools recommended for raising awareness, organizing parent groups, and influencing policy changes

Let's get GEARED UP!

What the heck is GEAR UP! GEAR UP stands for Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs. For this school year GEAR UP is serving 7th and 8th grades. The focus is on creating a post-secondary going culture and getting more students to achieve post secondary goals. However, Mabel is committed to full filling the Promise to Prepare our students for a Post Secondary degree/certification. Laura Turner is the GEAR UP coordinator and will be a contributing to this newsletter throughout the year with ways to integrate a college going culture in your classroom!

School Based Therapist Holly Robinson

School based therapy is a collaborative program between Watauga County Schools and Daymark Recovery Services. A child/adolescent therapist works in each school building for at least one school day of each week, depending on the size of the school. The school-based therapist assigned to Mabel School is Holly Robinson, a Licensed Professional Counselor/Supervisor (LPCS). The benefits to the child and family include spending much less time away from the classroom, increased communication and collaboration among the school and treatment teams, and removing a potential obstacle of transporting the child to and from the Daymark office. The difference between the therapy that Holly does and the counseling that I do is that therapy is long term and addresses a pervasive mental health need. The counseling that I would do is short term (@ 5 sessions or less) and more adjustment type issues, organization, study skills, etc. If you are unsure, I can always start with them and if I feel they need more I can do the referral. If you have a student that you are concerned about and believe may benefit from ongoing therapy, please contact me so that we can discuss it and I can make a referral to the program, if needed.

A+ Alley

Did you know that there is a variety of resources for your to use in planning A+ lessons? This Wiki Space is full of lesson plans and ideas for your use!