Annual School Counseling Report

Megan Klopp

Blackman Elementary

The following report will illustrate the school counseling services provided during the 2015-2016 school year. The school counseling department at Blackman Elementary strives to meet the academic, career and social/emotional needs of every student- in doing so, students are more prepared to meet the challenges of the future.

Classroom Guidance

Parent & Teacher Needs Assessment Data

As there are more topics to cover than time allows, we asked for teacher and parent feedback in regards to what topics they felt were most important. The feedback from these assessments was used to develop the classroom guidance scope & sequence, which can be viewed here. The data from the Parent Needs Assessment and Teacher Needs Assessment are also available for your reference. The data was disaggregated by grade level to better identify the topics for each grade. Please see data presentation below.

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First grade teachers (5) and parents (5) that completed the needs assessment agreed on the following topics and corresponding importance:


Very Important

1. Tattling & Reporting

2. Responsible Behavior


Important

1. Self-Esteem

2. Organizational Skills

3. Understanding Differences


Somewhat Important

1. Goal Setting

2. Study Skills


Least Important

N/A


Second grade teachers (3) and parents (10) agreed on the following topics and corresponding importance:


Very Important

1. Communication & Listening Skills


Important

1. Tattling & Reporting

2. Time Management

3. Organizational Skills

4. Study Skills


Somewhat Important

1. Internet/Tech Safety


Least Important

N/A


*There were not enough teacher and parent needs assessments completed for kindergarten to provide corresponding data.

Lesson Assessments- Plickers

In an effort to collect more data on classroom guidance lessons, I facilitated a quiz at the end of several lessons using plickers. Through this experience, I realized I may need to reword some questions and allow students more time to practice using the plickers. Due to time constraints and technology issues, not all classes participated in the plicker assessments. An example of data from one class can be seen below. Viewing the data as such, I was able to determine which students may need extra assistance and which aspects of the lesson I may need to review or revise. Data from specific lessons can be seen below.
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Safe & Healthy Choices- Plickers data

A total of 4 first grade classes participated in the plickers activity with an average score of 87%.

A total of 7 second grade classes participated in the plickers activity with an average score of 93%.

Teasing and Bullying- Plickers data

One first grade class participated in the plickers activity and received a score of 52%.

A total of 4 second grade classes participated in the plickers activity with an average score of 88%.

Counseling Services

An overview of the data collected on counseling services can be seen below.

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Collaboration

An overview of the data collected concerning collaboration can be seen below. ATLAS is also included in this section as collaboration is necessary to facilitate and distribute resources and program information. For example, working with community resources to provide snacks and weekend food bags for students in the ATLAS program. Referrals were also provided for United Way clothing, Candle Wishes Birthday Program, and Boys & Girls Club.
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Parent Academy- Growth Mindset Presentation

Mr. Russell and I presented on Growth Mindset at one of the Parent Academies held this year. We shared the definitions of fixed and growth mindset, as well as discussed the effects of each on our students. We also shared strategies to foster a growth mindset, such as reframing fixed mindset statements, and gave parents a chance to practice reframing example statements. At the end of the presentation, parents were asked to complete a survey about the presentation, with the results being available here.

School-wide Programs

This year we partnered with News 2 and Second Harvest for our annual food drive. We collected a total of 2,056 items! For our participation, we received $100, which was used to purchase snacks for students in the ATLAS program.

Based on survey data from last year, which can be viewed here, we decided to participate in the Pennies for Patients fundraiser again this year. We more than doubled what we collected our 1st year, collecting a total of $3,479.56.

This year we facilitated our 2nd annual Random Acts of Kindness (RAK) celebration from February 22nd- March 4th. Seeking input from grade level teachers, we formed a RAK committee, which helped plan and make decisions regarding RAK activities. One of those activities was recording Random Acts of Kindness on paper strips and then connecting them to make a RAK chain. As a school, we recorded a total of 803 Random Acts of Kindness.

Goals for next year

- Complete student needs assessment for classroom guidance topics

- Complete mini-meetings with all 1st & 2nd graders

- Improve student referral process

- Make positive contact with all K-2 parents at least one time

- Implement new student program

- Collect & report daily attendance data

- Complete staff training on Growth Mindset

- Collect more perceptual and results data