Otis Brown Elem. Counseling Dept.
Every Child, Every Day
INSIDE THE CLASSROOM
In September, the school counselors will be going into all K-5 classrooms to present an introductory collaborative classroom instruction lesson and will be talking about "peer mentoring". This lesson will consist of explaining or re-explaining the role of the School Counselor and how students can access their counselor. Classes will participate in a “team-building” or “getting-to-know-you” activity. It is important that each student knows what support their School Counselor can provide and September’s lesson begins to build a special relationship with students. Our second classroom lesson will focus on social skills, self-confidence, digital citizenship, and goal setting. Each grade level’s lessons will look different based on age and developmental maturity.
The calendar for upcoming classroom guidance topics is as follows... SEPTEMBER [social skills & character], OCTOBER [drug awareness / abstinence & freedom from bullying], NOVEMBER [goal setting & bullying], DECEMBER [friendship].
Small Group Support
Often students referred to lunch-time support groups by teachers, parents, and others. These groups can provide additional support for a number of issues (e.g., divorce, grief, anger, social skills, friendship, sadness, etc.).
Parent Ed. Classes
For example, we will continue to partner with Northlake College to provide ESL parent classes. Many other kinds of classes (e.g., technology, GED, discipline at home, finance, etc.) will also be available during the 2013 - 2014 school year.
Small Group Support
The dynamic duo of Ms. Zamarripa and Mr. MacDougall (Mr. Mac) are very pleased to be kicking off another school year at Brown. Our goal continues to be one of positive relationship building with students, families, staff, and the community. By working collaboratively we hope to provide the best and most well-rounded counseling / guidance program possible to our students. This year we are super excited about all of the technology use occurring on our campus. We encourage everyone to visit the “Counselors’ Corner” section of the school’s website and to contact either counselor with any questions, concerns, or input.