Dixie Elementary School

Mrs. Carey's School Counseling Newsletter

About the School Counselor

  • Elementary School Counselor for 14 years
  • 5 years in Russell County
  • Also worked in North Carolina, Tennessee, and Georgia
  • B.S. in Psychology at the University of California, Davis
  • M.Ed in Counseling Psychology at Temple University
  • Specialist degree in Counseling at Georgia Regents University.
  • Love working with students to reach their academic, social, personal and career goals


Monday -Friday 8:00am -4:00 pm (EST)

What does a School Counselor do?!

  • Classroom lessons focused on social/emotional, academic, and career topics
  • Small group counseling
  • Individual/responsive counseling
  • Crisis management
  • Teacher support
  • Parent consultation
  • Plan school wide events focused on personal/social, health, or college/career topics
  • Provide community resources

Classroom Topics this year

  • Growth Mindset
  • Peer Relations
  • Recognizing and understanding our emotions
  • SMART goal setting
  • Friendship
  • Teasing/Bullying
  • Test Taking Strategies
  • Listening
  • Empathy
  • Learning Styles
  • Character Education
  • Self-Regulation
  • Self-Esteem
  • Coping Skills
  • Transition
  • Peer Pressure
  • Careers
  • Summer Safety

Dixie ES Counseling Vision and Mission Statements

Vision Statement

The vision of the Dixie Elementary School comprehensive school counseling program is to inspire, empower, and educate all students to be college and career-ready and to prepare students with the necessary problem-solving and emotional/social skills to be successful citizens.

Mission Statement

The mission of the Dixie Elementary school counseling program is to engage all students in quality learning experiences that promote academic achievement, career development, and social and emotional growth. Through participation in the comprehensive school counseling program, all students will have access to and engage in intentional, data-informed curriculum, activities and responsive and preventative services. The program promotes a climate of respect for self and others and a growth mindset to develop into life-long learners. In partnership with educators, families, and community members, barriers to success are identified and addressed. Students at Dixie Elementary will reach their full potential by developing the knowledge, attitudes and skills needed to succeed in college, career, and life.

Community Resources

Community Resources

East Alabama Mental Health: 334-298-2405

United Way 2-1-1: Dial 211 or 706-405-4775

Child Advocacy Center: 334-297-4962

Children and Family Connections: 334-448-1010

Homeless Resource Network: 706-571-3399

Russell County DHR: 334-214-5780

Crisis Center of Russell County: 334-297-4401

Bradley Center 706-320-3753

Suicide Prevention Lifeline 1-800-273-8255

News/ Announcements

Dixie Elementary Counseling program received the RAMP award from the American School Counselor Association (ASCA) in 2021. RAMP is the Recognized ASCA Model Program.

News Release

Media Contact
Jill CookKathleen Rakestraw
American School Counselor Association


ASCA Awards RAMP Designation to Dixie Elementary School

For immediate release

ALEXANDRIA, VA. – The American School Counselor Association (ASCA) is pleased to announce Dixie Elementary School in Opelika, AL as a Recognized ASCA Model Program (RAMP).

The RAMP designation recognizes schools that are committed to delivering an exemplary school counseling program. Honorees are awarded for aligning their program with the criteria in the ASCA National Model, a framework for a data-informed school counseling program. Since the program’s inception, more than 900 schools earned the RAMP designation. Research findings indicate fully implemented school counseling programs are associated with a range of positive student educational and behavioral outcomes.

“This year’s RAMP honorees have shown their commitment to students and the school counseling profession,” said Jill Cook, ASCA executive director. “These schools used data to drive their program development and implementation so all students can achieve success. The RAMP designation distinguishes these schools and encourages school counselors nationwide to strive for excellence.”

Dixie Elementary will be honored at a recognition ceremony at ASCA’s annual conference in Las Vegas, Nev., on July 13, 2021.

RAMP applications are reviewed once a year. The next submission deadline is Oct. 15, 2021. For more information on the program, visit www.schoolcounselor.org/ramp.


About the American School Counselor Association

The American School Counselor Association (ASCA) is a nonprofit, 501(c)(3) professional organization based in Alexandria, Va. ASCA promotes student success by expanding the image and influence of school counseling through leadership, advocacy, collaboration and systemic change. ASCA helps school counselors guide their students toward academic achievement, career planning and social/emotional development to help today’s students become tomorrow’s productive, contributing members of society. Founded in 1952, ASCA has a network of 50 state and territory associations and a membership of approximately 40,000 school counseling professionals. For additional information on ASCA, visit www.schoolcounselor.org.

Eagles of the Month

We celebrate students who show excellent character during the school year. Students chosen get their photos displayed for the entire school to see.

This year our character traits for Eagles of the Month are:

August: Respectful

September: Accountable

October: Cooperative

November: Empathetic

December: Kind

January: Fair

February: Honest

March: Perseverance

April: Grateful