Counselor's Corner: Welcome Back!

Mrs. Smith & Mrs. Thompson

School Begins August 12!

Dear Parents:

We know the beginning of this school year is a little bit different then what we are all used to. However please rest assure that our staff and teachers are doing everything it takes to make this #newnormal be the best school year yet! As your School Counselors we understand that your child and even your family may be experiencing MANY different forms of feelings and emotions during this challenging time. We want you to know that we understand these feelings, and no matter what you may be going through, IT'S OKAY to have the emotions that you have. We are here to help you and your child navigate through this time as best as we can as we believe we can all get through this by communicating and working together.

In regards to counseling and guidance lessons this year, we will be educating your child in three different areas; academic, personal/social, and career. In a school environment we are not only looking to help students academically, we are also educating them in their social emotional skills. As their counselors, we understand that there are several avenues of a child that can affect all areas of their educational achievement. It is our mission to work collaboratively with teachers, administrators, and you as parents to make sure that we are addressing all areas of your students educational development and providing the best opportunity for them to succeed.

During our first nine weeks, students will get to have at least one live virtual session in addition to at least 2 recorded counseling lessons each month. Individual counseling will be available upon request on an as needed bases. Should you feel your child may need individual counseling, please do not hesitate to reach out to us. Our contact information is provided below in addition to our school's website and Schoology (access code: S2X4-BZ2T-8Z8HZ).

It's going to be a GREAT year, and we look forward to getting through this all TOGETHER!!

All the best,

Mrs. Smith & Mrs. Thompson

Dear Students:

WE'VE MISSED YOU, and if you are new to Columbia WELCOME! We are so very glad to start this year with you all and can't wait to see all your sweet faces!

REMEMBER: School starts August 12! Make sure you log in each day.

Now we know the beginning of this year is a little different, but THAT'S OKAY! We will get to start this new school year like a new adventure! We might be heading into the unknown, but we are going through it TOGETHER and together it is going to be an AMAZING year!

During our virtual time together we will get to see you at least once live, and you will get some video recording lessons from us too! Also if you need us - WE ARE HERE! There are many ways to reach out to us:

  1. You can let your teacher know and they will contact us.
  2. Send us a personal message through email or Schoology
  3. You can let your parents know and they can tell us.

We are READY, we are EXCITED, and we CAN'T WAIT to begin this school year with you!

Piece of Cake, Piece of Pie,

Mrs. Smith & Mrs. Thompson

A Little Bit About Your Counselors!!

Mrs. Smith

Office Hours 7:30-8:00am/1:30-2:00pm M-F

My name is Macy Smith and I joined the Heritage family as the School Counselor during the 2016-2017 school year. I am excited about being a part of Heritage and I look forward to working with everyone.

I received my Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education from Athens State University in 2003. I started my teaching career immediately after I graduated. I taught Kindergarten for 7 years and 2nd grade for the following 6 1/2. I received my Master of Education in School Counseling in 2016.

I have enjoyed every moment as the counselor here at Heritage Elementary School. As the school counselor, my primary responsibility is to promote the academic, personal, and social development of all students. I look forward to supporting the students, staff, families, and community in any way that I can. If you need my assistance, please don't hesitate to call.

Wishing everyone a fantastic school year!

Mrs. Thompson

Office Hours 8:30-9:00am/2:00-2:30pm W-F

Hello! This is my second year being a School Counselor in Madison city schools teaching at both Columbia and Heritage Elementary, and overall this is my fifth year as a School Counselor. I have a huge passion for Social/Emotional Learning (SEL), and it is a big part of what I love doing throughout our school community! I hold a Bachelors degree in Psychology, a Masters in Education, and starting this fall I will be working towards my Doctorate in Social Psychology. In my 5 years of counseling I have worked 2 years overseas in Singapore and have also counseled both in Georgia and Alabama. Outside of school, I enjoy spending time with my husband of over 15 years, and our three wonderful children: our son Hayden who will be a Junior at James Clemens, and our two daughters Kayla a freshman at James Clemens, and Audrey a fourth grader at Heritage Elementary. I live a colorFULL life, and I believe that everyone should be loved and valued and I strive to treat others in this respect each and everyday!

Schoology Code: S2X4-BZ2T-8Z8HZ.

We are always here for you! Remember to stay safe and healthy!

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