LSCA News

August, 2014

President's Message

It is hard to believe that we are about to embark on our third year as a LSCA organization. As you LSCA President, I am honored to lead you as we celebrate and advocate for our profession! While we are by no means at the finish line, we have several things to be thankful for!


First and foremost, School Counselors have gained the attention of the Federal Government. I encourage you to listen to the First Lady's inspiring speech on the link below. Second, our Student Services Department, with the help of the School Counseling focus groups, is in the process of updating the School Counselor Framework. Once complete, this document will be presented to the LSCD Board of Education and the LSCD Superintendent for final approval. I encourage all counselors to become familiar with this document and provide feedback to Ken Lyford. In addition, I would like to give a huge SHOUT OUT to Ken for his diligent work on this document. Third, LSCA and FSCA membership is increasing! Last year, over one-third of our school counselors joined LSCA! I am hoping that 2014-2015 will continue to show membership growth! Please remember that you need to submit a new membership application EACH year. You can obtain the form from Erica Cole, LSCA Secretary, at ColeE@lake.k12.fl.us. LSCA

will also be handing out applications at the first School Counselor Professional Development Day scheduled for September 19th, when Dr. Carolyn Stone will be presenting.


School Counselors - LSCA needs YOU! Within all organizations lie various strengths and talents. We stand strong when EVERY counselor brings forth a small token of themselves. LSCA needs organizers, presenters, initiators, people who are good with technology, great ideas, great programs, collaborators, advocates, and most important, supportive colleagues!

LSCA BOARD MEMBERS (14-15)

Cherie Burgess, President

Angela Ratter, Vice President

Erica Cole, Secretary

open position, Treasurer

Judy Mitchell, High School Representative

Natalie Bridgewater, Middle School Representative

Stacy Palitto, Elementary School Representative

Scheduled LSCA Board Meetings (14-15)

All Board Meetings are held at Student Services in Howey. Meetings begin at 4:15 pm.


We are hoping to be able to offer Free Conference Calling for members that would like to attend but not able to make the drive to Howey. More information to follow.


Wednesday, August 20th

Wednesday, September 17th

Wednesday, October 15th

Wednesday, November 19th

Wednesday, December 17th (Christmas Party)

Wednesday, January 21st

Wednesday, February 18th

Wednesday, March 18th

Wednesday, April 15th

Wednesday, May 20th (End of Year Social)