Counselor's Corner

HP Campus School

Thank you!

As time is approaching for summer and a well needed break for all, I would like to say thank you to the students, faculty/staff and stakeholders that I have met and served over the last 5 years. For the first time in a long time, I will not be returning to school in August, but will move on to the freedom and other adventures that retirement offers. I have loved my time here and feel honored and grateful for the opportunity to be a part of the Campus School family. I know going forward that HPCS will continue to educate and train its students to be leaders of the future...with excellence! Love and blessings to all! Ms. V

Parting Thoughts to Students

The 3 areas that we have worked on in Guidance are: Academic, Career, and Personal/Social/Emotional. I would like to leave you all 3 challenges as a conclusion to all the lessons and activities that we have shared together in Guidance.

Academic - Be a lifelong learner...with an attitude of being teachable/never think yourself above or better than anyone else. Realize that you have new things to learn everyday and strive for EXCELLENCE.

Career - Know yourself...your strengths and talents. Find out what you love to do, so that you can do what you love. Always give more than you take.

Personal/Social/Emotional - Always choose RESPECT and kindness. Love your family...they are yours for life. Be a friend to have friends and choose YOUR friends wisely. Always seek the GOOD in others and hopefully you will not be disappointed.

Keep your balance with good character and the 7 Habits! I love you all...

Mrs. Vallas, HPC Counselor 2012-2017

About Me

A native of Mississippi, I received my B.S. from the University of Southern MS. in Health, Physical Education, and Recreation with minors in Education and English, and my Masters from MS College in Guidance and Counseling with a minor in Education. Throughout my career, I have worked in both the public and private sectors with children from preschool through high school grades as a teacher, vocational counselor, preschool director, and guidance counselor.

I am in my 5th year as counselor at HPCS. I feel fortunate and blessed to do something I enjoy and find so rewarding. Teaching our students the 7 Habits of Happy Kids/Leader in Me mindset for the past 2 years has helped me grow as a professional and as a person. The students at HPCS challenge and inspire me every day! My commitment is to help each child be the best he/she can be!

I wear many "hats" throughout each day and school year to include: counselor, classroom guidance teacher, SAT/504 Chair, Building Test Coordinator, and Red Ribbon Week Coordinator to name a few. I have attempted to give a brief explanation of each of these duties below. I am thankful for the opportunity and privilege to work in such an amazing place with wonderful students, faculty/staff, and stakeholders.

Guidance Classes

Classroom guidance lessons are taught through learning activities weekly to each class. This year, we will infuse the Character Counts - Six Pillars of Character into the 7 Habits mindset, making connections between developing good character while practicing the 7 Habits. These character and leadership skills will help prepare our students for life and work beyond the classroom.
Click on the links below for more information about what our students are learning.

RED RIBBON WEEK, October 23-31

Red Ribbon Week is celebrated nationwide each year during the last full week in October. HPCS participates throughout that school week with various daily activities, such as implementing a career day, a special school assembly/presentation, friendly school wide competitions, etc. The 2016-17 theme was...YOU ONLY LIVE ONCE! Your school counselor is the Red Ribbon Week coordinator for these events. If you would like to donate ribbons, pencils, or other items for our students (260) during Red Ribbon Week, please contact me. To learn more about the history and current year's theme, please click on the link below.

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Building Test Coordinator

Changes to assessment in Tennessee were made in response to feedback from educators, parents, and students—including eliminating Part I in all subjects, restructuring the test to better fit within the school day and year, and reducing overall testing time. The changes come as the TDOE finalizes its contract with Questar, the primary vendor for the 2016-17 Tennessee Comprehensive Assessment Program (TCAP). Click on the Tennessee Assessment link below to learn more.
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Parenting is a big are your child's first and most influential teacher. Our children count on us to help them learn and grow in all areas at all stages of development. Below are a few links to provide some information and help answer questions that may arise as you journey through the experience of being a parent...whether you are a first timer or a seasoned veteran. As educators, we partner with you to help your child reach his/her potential every school day, realizing that when we work together we accomplish so much more for the present and future success of our students! (Click on title to connect)