Student Services Week! February 5–9, 2018

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Celebrating Day 2 of Student Services Week!

We hope you enjoy these Stories From the Field. Today we are highlighting Polk and Duval County School Districts

Story from the Field...Polk County

Reach Higher Polk!

During the week of November 13-17, 2017, Polk County Public Schools hosted the annual Reach Higher Polk! College and Career Week. This district initiative was originally created and implemented in 2016 by Senior Coordinator of School Counseling Services, Dr. Laquieria Nottage. It directly aligns with the national education initiative, Reach Higher, by former First Lady Michelle Obama. Reach Higher Polk! encourages early explosion for all students in planning and preparing for life beyond high school. In building a college-going culture and stressing the importance of career-focused learning, postsecondary education, and career training options are emphasized throughout the district’s K-12 schools. Throughout the week, elementary, middle, and high school counselors used their creativity and enthusiasm to plan fun and innovative ways to showcase college and careers, while encouraging their students to get excited about their futures.

This year’s event was spearheaded by district School Counseling Resource Specialist/Trainer, Ms. Monique Byrd. The district’s College and Career Team provided assistance and training for school counselors in effective and practical implementation of campus events. In addition, district and school administrators joined in the efforts to support the promotion and success of the week’s events. Last, but certainly not least, various local businesses, organizations, colleges and universities, and agencies volunteered their time to provide postsecondary and career resources and services for students and parents.

Reach Higher Events

The collaboration of school counselors with other community stakeholders is critical to ensuring that all students have the right to receive equitable services and relevant resources for postsecondary and career planning. Polk County Public Schools take great pride in the amazing students of the community, and therefore is committed to reaffirming that the options for Polk students are limitless. Through high academic expectations and early exposure of college and career planning, Polk students will understand, acknowledge, and accept the challenge to Reach Higher!

Stories continued...

Duval County Schools

Alfred Dupont Middle School Counseling Department Points of Pride

Alfred Dupont Middle School counselors Marcia Luettchua and Catherine Sanchez.

One of the highlights of our school counseling program is the Lunch Bunch group that is comprised of LGBTQ students. It provides them a safe space to express themselves and speak with each other regarding their experiences as a middle school LGBTQ student.

Kernan Middle School Counseling Department Points of Pride

Kernan Middle School counselors Gareth Gary and Penny Pennington.

Created a Stand Up to Bullies Campaign where teachers used the warm up period in class to do various anti-bullying activities and videos. Students signed the pledge to be Up Standers, not bystanders. The events culminated with the entire faculty, staff, and students wore orange to support a bully free Kernan Middle School.

Students' Anti-bullying Activities

Landmark Middle School School Counseling Department Points of Pride

Landmark Middle School counselors Karen Johnson, Carla McMillan, Marsha Peeples and Ron Soder.

Counselors are providing multi-grade level classroom guidance lessons using the MyCareerShines platform to engage students regarding individualized career-related aptitude and strengths. Counselors also use these lessons to work with students to explore options for postsecondary education and college-career readiness.

Joseph Stilwell Middle School Counseling Department Points of Pride

Joseph Stilwell Middle School counselors Linda Brown and Stephanie Griffin

School counselor's are providing a School Counselor's Corner for parents or guardians and students once monthly, 2nd Wednesday, from 4 pm to 6 pm. This is offered for access after school hours, to provide an inviting, more relaxed and informative interaction to discuss student's academic progress and to offer resources, such as after school tutoring, community tutoring sources, online classes and tutoring for both student and parent. Additionally, new this semester will be workshops for parents to assist with some of the challenging subjects (math, particularly) and enhancement and improvement of communication between parents or guardians and students.

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