School counselors serve to assist students with course selections, to meet with and counsel individuals or groups of students to help them overcome obstacles to learning and personal growth, to provide career information, and to guide in planning for a prospective career and further education.  School counselors also serve as a liaison between the school and the home, and provide parents with information on the studentís progress in school.

 

Goals and objectives for the annual services plan are the following:

 

Academic Development

 

Goal: Students will acquire the academic preparation essential to choose from a variety of educational, training, and employment options upon completion of secondary school.

 

Grades 6-8:

Students will:

MA1.   Understand the relationship of personal abilities, goals, skills, interests, and motivation to academic achievement,

MA2.   Understand the relationship of dependability, productivity, and initiative to academic success,

MA3.   Understand the importance of high school course and/or program selection in relation to future academic and career options,

MA4.   Understand high school graduation requirements,

MA5.   Understand individual assessment results in relation to educational progress,

MA6.   Demonstrate the skills needed to develop a high school educational plan based on ability, interest, and achievement, and

MA7.   Demonstrate responsibility for actions to ensure a successful transition from middle school to high school.

 

Grades 9-12:

Students will:

HA1.   Understand their academic status toward meeting the graduation requirements,

HA2.   Understand the variety of post-secondary options available to them and the requirements of those options including the relationship of academic status and scholastic record,

HA3.   Demonstrate the knowledge and skills necessary to ensure a successful transition from high school to post-secondary options, and

HA4.   Demonstrate the skills needed for independent learning.

 

Career Development

 

Goal: Students will investigate the world of work in order to make informed career decisions.

 

Grades 6-8:

Students will:

MC1.  Identify the relationship of Course content, educational achievement, and career choices,

MC2.  Identify personal preferences, skills, and interests that influence career choices and success,

MC3.  Understand the effect of career choices on quality of life,

MC4.  Understand that behaviors such as punctuality, courtesy, proper dress and language, and hard work are essential to success in the job market,

MC5.  Demonstrate understanding of the education and training needed to achieve career goals,

MC6.  Demonstrate employability skills such as individual initiative, teamwork, problem solving, organization, and communication,

MC7.  Use research skills to locate, evaluate, and interpret career and educational information, and

MC8.  Demonstrate awareness of educational, vocational, and technical training opportunities available in high school.

 

Grades 9-12:

Students will:

HC1.   Understand the value of ethical standards and behaviors in education and the workplace,

HC2.   Understand how changing economic and societal needs influence employment trends and future training,

HC3.   Understand how work and leisure interests can help to achieve personal success and satisfaction,

HC4.   Understand how the changing workplace requires lifelong learning, flexibility, and the acquisition of new employment skills,

HC5.   Understand that behaviors such as punctuality, courtesy, proper dress and language, and hard work are essential to success in the job market,

HC6.   Understand that self-employment is a career option and demonstrate knowledge of the variety of professional, technical and vocational skills necessary for self-employment,

HC7.   Demonstrate employability skills such as individual initiative, teamwork, problem solving, organization, and communication,

HC8.   Demonstrate skills involved in locating, using, and interpreting a variety of career and educational resources, including the Internet,

HC9.   Develop and utilize time and task management skills,

HC10. Demonstrate knowledge of the current job market trends, and

HC11. Apply decision making skills to career planning.

 

Personal/Social Development

 

Goal: Students will acquire an understanding of, and respect for, self and others, and the skills to be responsible citizens.

 

Grades 6-8:

Students will:

MP1.   Recognize the effect of peer pressure on decision making,

MP2.   Understand the consequences of decisions and choices,

MP3.   Understand the emotional and physical dangers of substance use and abuse,

MP4.   Use appropriate decision making and problem solving skills,

MP5.   Demonstrate appropriate skills for interactions with adults and developing and maintaining positive peer relationships,

MP6.   Use appropriate communication and conflict resolution skills with peers and adults, and

MP7.   Understand how character traits, interests, abilities, and achievement relate to attaining personal, educational, and career goals.

 

Grades 9-12:

Students will:

HP1.   Understand the relationship among, and importance of respecting rules, laws, safety, and the protection of individual rights,

HP2.   Understand when and how to utilize family, peer, school, and/or community resources,

HP3.   Use appropriate communication and conflict resolution skills with peers and adults, and

HP4.   Apply problem solving and decision making skills to make safe and healthy choices.