Maryville Guidance News

December 2016

Classroom Guidance

Because December is a short month, filled with lots of various activities, we will not have classroom guidance this month. If you think your class needs a specific lesson, you can request one at any time. Otherwise, guidance will take place almost immediately upon return from Winter Break. It will focus on goal setting.


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August-November Data

November was a rough month for referrals at Maryville Elementary School. A total of 8 referrals were earned by students, with the majority of those being bus referrals (5 out of the 8). However, we are still at the lowest amount of referrals earned for the August-November time period in over 50 years!

2016: 18

2015: 20

2014: 32

2013: 37

2012: 19

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Most of the referrals this year have been earned for defiant behavior. However, this is not an accurate representation of these numbers and behaviors. Due to the way bus referrals are set up, the majority of bus behaviors fall under the category "defiance." This includes: horseplay, failure to remain seated, not keeping hands to self, failure to listen to the driver, etc. Thirty nine percent of all referrals earned have been for "defiance" (7 referrals total) and 50% of all referrals have been earned on the bus (9 referrals). Other problem behaviors include inappropriate language and physical aggression. The majority of referrals are earned in the classroom, which is to be expected since students spend the majority of their time in the classrooms.

The leadership team at Maryville has made a video on the bus expectations. We are slowly working on editing it and then it will be made available for all classrooms to view and use.


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Expectations videos are due by Friday, December 16, 2016. Please let me know if you have any questions or need any assistance.
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Here is a list of the upcoming Arts and Humanities Days and the scheduled presenters.

Thursday, January 26, 2017: Teddy Abrams from the Louisville Orchestra (He is AMAZING.)

Thursday, February 23, 2017: HIllview LIbrary (tentative)

Thursday, March 30, 2017: River City Drum: Core: Spirit of the Drum

Thursday, April 27, 2017: Career Fair

What is going on in counseling?

I'm not sure if anyone is interested, but I thought I would share some of what is going on with the counseling portion of Maryville. Currently there are 15 students who receive weekly counseling services at MES. There are two additional children who have monthly check ins.

We have seven students participating in book club. Currently, our book club is reading "Out of My Mind" by Sharon M. Draper. The book is about an 11 year old girl with cerebal palsy and a photographic memory. Because of her inability to speak or control her body people assume she is not intelligent and is placed in a classroom for those who are mental challenged. Then, she is provided a computer that speaks for her. Melody and the world around her suddenly discover she does have a voice and now she needs to learn how to use it. I read it in a single day. It is a GREAT book and one I would recommend reading out loud to your class.

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There are 15 students involved in the Leadership Team. Last week we filmed a video on bus expectations. I am slowly working to edit it. When it is complete you will be able to access it at any time to show your students and remind them of bus expectations. They are also completing a project for Mrs. Esterle on unique and fun ways to clap and provide positive reinforcement at Towne Hall. They also review discipline and attendance data and brainstorm ways to reach our students. They came up with the guidance lesson on attendance I have been presenting to students this week.

There are also 25 4th and 5th grade students involved in Goal Setters. These students were selected because they have scored across the board on assessments. We looked at the last four assessments these students have taken at Maryville and previous schools. Students who scored a combination of Novice to Distinguished where selected for the group. They meet with me once a week to look at their performance and make reflections on why their performance has fluctuated. They have also set personal and academic goals that we track together. I am very anxious to see how these students do on upcoming assessments and winter MAP.

To view the slideshow that introduced them to the program, you can click on the link below:

Additionally, since returning from maternity leave, I have averaged seven lunches a week with students. Some of these lunches are for groups of students (typically rewards for attendance or good behavior) and others are with whole classes.

Future plans/activities for guidance include:

  • ACCESS testing for EL students (January-February)
  • Preparing for College and Career Readiness Week (typically the last week of February or first week of March)
  • Career Fair in April
  • Incorporating mindfulness and yoga with students who need help being present and calming down
  • K-Prep, Admin Code and Special Population Training

Elementary Counselor Meeting

Thursday, Dec. 1st, 9am-12pm

1040 Kentucky 44

Shepherdsville, KY

I will be at the Elementary Counselor Meeting at Central Office on Thursday, December 1 until around 12 PM. You can reach me by text or email during that time.

ABRI Meeting

Tuesday, Dec. 13th, 4pm

4504 Summers Drive

Louisville, KY

There will be an ABRI/ PBIS meeting after school on Tuesday, December 13 until 5:15. All are welcome to attend, but the ABRI team is required.

Fund for the Arts Board Meeting

Thursday, Dec. 15th, 3:30-5:30pm

316 West Main Street

Louisville, KY

I have a Fund for the Arts Board meeting on Thursday, December 15th at 3 PM. There is discussion of me arriving earlier to talk to the latest Next! class on Arts in Education. During this time I can be reached by text. Depending on the location, sometimes wifi is not available, so text is always the best option.


Thursday, Dec. 15th, 4-4:30pm

4504 Summers Drive

Louisville, KY

Detention will be held after school on Thursday, December 15 until 4:30 PM. Mrs. Fredericks and Mrs. Gallusser will lead.

Term 2 Ends

Friday, Dec. 16th, 3:45pm

4504 Summers Drive

Louisville, KY

Term 2 ends on Friday, December 16. Grades are due in IC by Friday, January 6, 2017.

Washington DC

Thursday, Jan. 5th 2017 at 9am to Sunday, Jan. 8th 2017 at 11pm

1600 Pennsylvania Avenue Northwest

Washington, DC

I will be in Washington DC from Thursday, January 5 to Sunday, January 8th for the White House celebration of School Counselor of the Year. I have no idea if I will have access to email, etc. during that time. I will however put together a slide show for all of you when I return :)