Counselor’s Corner

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Hello!  My name is Danielle Tucker, the School Counselor at Navajo Public Schools. This page provides you with information about the School Counseling program, upcoming counseling-related activities and events, and counseling topics and resources.

My job here at Navajo is to facilitate the academic, career, and personal/social development of all students. A School Counselor is an integral member of the instructional team. I hope to directly impact student achievement by delivering comprehensive services that meet the needs of the 21st century school community.

What does this mean for your child? This means that I pay close attention to every student in the building and how he/she connects’ to his/her education and therefore achieves to the maximum level possible.  I help your child and all school stakeholders to creatively problem-solve any issues that may (temporarily or otherwise) pose an obstacle to the learning process.

What is a School Counselor?

 

I am a (minimum Master’s level) certified, trained, and caring professional who works with all students, parents, teachers, staff and the community, in order for every student to achieve academic and social success. School Counseling services are delivered in four specific ways:

  • Classroom Counseling Curriculum– designing ,structuring, and delivering classroom lessons so that students develop specific outcome-driven competencies in all grades (personal/social, academic, career)and driven by the needs of the school population
  • Individual Student Planning assisting students with goal formation/planning (behavioral, academic, etc.)
  • Responsive Services– meeting immediate student needs (counseling, crisis intervention, consultation, referral, peer mediation, information-providing)
  • System Support– school wide program planning and implementation, consulting with other professionals, coordination of various supports for students and families

How does your child experience school counseling services?

  • Individual Counseling- I may work with a student in a safe, positive, and confidential setting to address issues that get in the way of’ school achievement. Topics are based on the needs of the student and may include: understanding feelings, changing families/divorce, grief, stress, social skills, and academics, bullying, problem-solving, and decision-making.
  • Small Group Counseling- A process where students sharing similar issues or concerns work together in a small group environment consisting of about 3-6 peers. The group sessions usually last about 30 minutes and are held for approximately 6-8 weeks. Topics are based on the needs of the students and may include divorce or changing families, grief and loss, friendship and social skills, study skills, conflict resolution, anger management, self-esteem, and stress-management.
  • Classroom counseling lessons- I develop and implement PK-5 classroom curriculum driven by national and county school counseling outcomes.  I often co-plan and co-teach lessons with other professionals in the building to support social and emotional growth across curricular areas.  Classroom lessons are regularly scheduled and address personal, social, academic, and career-related needs at the child’s developmental level.  Topics may include self-esteem, conflict resolution, study skills, anger management, career awareness, tattling/reporting, friendship/social skills, responsibility, respect, teasing/bullying, feelings, cooperation, goal setting/decision-making, and peer pressure.  I almost always send home a letter to parents after each and every classroom lesson because I believe that a strong home-school partnership is what’s best for kids.

 

Great resources for parents

Child Development

http://www.sandbox-learning.com/default.asp?page=105

http://www.starfall.com/

http://coolmath-games.com/

 

Minimizing Summer Learning Loss

http://www.today.com/id/8146912#.U_

http://www.parenting.com/article/fun-things-to-do-summer

 

Back to School Readiness

http://school.familyeducation.com/kindergarten/school-readiness/38491.html

http://theparentsite.com/parenting/backtoschool.asp

http://csefel.vanderbilt.edu/resources/parent/mod6/family_routine_guide.pdf

 

Bullying

http://www.pacerkidsagainstbullying.org/#/home

http://pbskids.org/itsmylife/friends/bullies 

http://www.livestrong.com/article/224891-anti-bullying-games-for-kids

 

Military Family Resources

http://www.militaryonesource.mil

http://www.ourmilitarykids.org

https://www.jointservicessupport.org/default.aspx

 

 

 

Here are some other important dates to remember:

 

ACT TEST DATE 2016-2017

Test Date Registration Deadline (Late Fee Required)
September 9, 2017 August 4, 2017 August 5-18, 2017
October 28, 2017 September 22, 2017 September 23-October 6, 2017
December 9, 2017 November 3, 2017 November 4-17, 2017
February 10, 2018** January 12, 2018 January 13-19, 2018

 

 

 

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Websites of interest: OKCollegeStart.org- OKCollegeStart has a number of resources for the graduating senior, including scholarship resources. Visit https://okccollegestart.org for more information. OCCF

Scholarship Opportunity: OCCF.org- OCCF.org has over one hundred twenty scholarships available. Visit https://occf.org/scholarships/ for more information.

Scholarship Opportunity: Honors Graduation- Honors Graduation is giving out one thousand dollars to each of five deserving high school seniors and existing college students. Students must submit an artistic project and write an essay on the topic “Represent your views about the concepts of education vs. learning.”. Visit http://honorsgradu.com/scholarship/ for more information.

Scholarship Opportunity: WEOKIE Credit Union- WEOKIE Credit Union is giving out twenty five scholarships of two thousand dollars each to eligible seniors. The application and more information can be reached by visiting https://weokie.wufoo.com/forms/2017-scholarship-application/.

Scholarship Opportunity: AnimationCareerReview.com- Animation Career Review is offering a $1,000 scholarship to a high school senior who is pursuing a career in animation. Go to this youtube page for more information on the scholarship, and http://www.animationcareerreview.com/ for the sponsors webpage. The deadline for applications is June 1.

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Scholarship Opportunity: the Sheridan Bautista Sunshine Foundation Scholarship-We have been privileged to have this scholarship available to us for several years. This scholarship is for college bound Navajo Seniors and two awards are available. A .WPS version is available for easier preparation.