Councelor's Corner

Meet Mrs. Presley…

After many years away, I am excited to be back in Arma, and particularly excited to be the K-8 counselor at Northeast. I have worked in the field for twenty years, and I’m looking forward to new students and new experiences.

I will interact with the students through classroom guidance lessons, reaching all students in the school. The lessons will focus on topics in the areas of academics, career awareness and personal/social skills. Many guidance objectives are taught through the 7 Habits of Happy Kids and the Choose Love Movement.

Some students may benefit from small groups where they will be able to learn from other students while talking about topics related to the group, such as friendship or homework issues.

Some students may require interventions best delivered through individual counseling. Counseling may require only one meeting, or it may last for several sessions.

Please contact me if you have questions about the counseling program. I can be a resource in many areas, so please don’t hesitate to reach out.

Sincerely,

Mrs. Presley

Confidentiality

It is essential that students feel that they can trust their counselor in order to explore issues related to feelings and behaviors. With that in mind, I work hard to maintain confidentiality. Counseling interventions will remain confidential unless the student is considered to be at-risk for personal injury, or for committing injury to self or others. In those instances, appropriate individuals/agencies will be notified. Students are made aware of these limitations as they begin receiving counseling services.

Referrals

The counseling program is available to all students. Referrals to the counselor can come from many areas.

*Referral by a teacher, administrator or staff member

*Self-referral by the student. Students may ask to see me or, if they want a little more privacy, they may self-refer by using the QR codes that are posted in the hallways of the junior high school and of the elementary school.

*Referral by the family. Please see below to find links to the forms for elementary parents and for junior high parents.

Please contact me at any time!

The 7 Habits of Happy Kids

Habit 1: Be Proactive

You're in Charge

Habit 2: Begin with the end in mind

Have a Plan

Habit 3: Put first things first

Work First, Then Play

Habit 4: Think Win-Win

Everyone can win

Habit 5: Seek first to understand, then to be understood

Listen before you talk

Habit 6: Synergize

Together is better

Habit 7: Sharpen the Saw

Balance feels best

https://www.theleaderinme.org/the-7-habits-for-kids

Jesse Lewis

Choose Love Movement

Classroom lessons to grades K-8 will be taught every two weeks following the Choose Love curriculum, incorporating four main life skills.

Courage:

• Less anxiety and stress

• Less fearful (in the present and future)

• Enhanced self-esteem

• Improved ability to express oneself and one’s feelings

• Increased self-awareness

• Willingness to try difficult tasks

Gratitude:

• Positive attitude towards self and others

• Improved attitude about school and learning

• Showing appreciation and kindness towards self and others

• Increased mindfulness

• Ability to see other perspectives and show empathy

Forgiveness:

• Healthier relationships and deeper connections

• Better emotional self-regulation

• Less aggression and anger

• Better able to handle personal/social issues that arise

• Improved resilience

• Improved decision-making skills

• Heightened self-management

Compassion in Action:

• Enhanced connections and relationships

• Able to respond in a loving manner

• More caring and concern shown to others

• Improved social skills

• Social and Moral Awareness

There is also a program that can be utilized at home: https://www.jesselewischooselove.org/choose-love-home-program/