Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions

Will my child miss class to speak with the counselor?

Not necessarily. Frequently, meetings take place at lunch/recess. However, if this is not possible, every effort is made to coordinate convenient times with the classroom teacher.

If my child visits with the counselor, should I be concerned that there is a problem?

The counseling program at GMES is designed to benefit ALL students. All students are given the opportunity to come visit with me. Parent/Guardian contact is one of my first actions when significant concerns arise at school. If you have any questions or concerns about your student's behavior, achievement, and/or school activities, please don't hesitate to contact the counselor or other school personnel. 

How can my child see the counselor?

Referrals to the school counselor come from a variety of sources, including:

  • Teacher
  • Educational Assistants
  • School nurse
  • Student Support Team
  • Administration
  • Parent(s)/Guardian(s)
  • Students may set up a time to see me  by filling out a Purple Slip and sliding it under my door. Purple slips are outside my office, in the main office and in classrooms.

What types of counseling supports are delivered by a School Counselor?

*Individual Counseling: A process where students discuss issues in a safe, positive, and confidential setting. Topics are based on the needs of the students and may include: feelings, changing families, peer pressure, friends, stress, academics, social skills, bullying, getting along with others, problem-solving, and decision-making.

*Classroom Guidance/Classroom Counseling: The Rochester School District has adopted a Social Emotional Learning Curriculum for K-8 students called Second Step. This K-8 curriculum addresses personal, social, academic and emotional needs at the child's developmental level. Topics may include Empathy, Skills for Learning, Emotion Management, Problem Solving, Stress management, Personal Safety and Bullying Prevention.

What programs does the school counselor at GMES support?

  • Development, implementation, and monitoring of behavior plans
  • PBIS Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports
  • Education that is Multicultural
  • Schoolwide Developmental Classroom Counseling Program
  • Second Step, Bully-Prevention/Intervention Program
  • Social/Emotional Learning Development 
  • Ride the Wave (5th grade stress management)
  • Child Protection Curriculum
  • Parent-partnerships: conferencing, resourcing
  • ESD113 Mental Health Referrals
  • Section 504 plans
  • McKinney Vento Program

What types of activities does the school counselor at GMES typically use?

  • Ice-Breaker Exercises
  • Art, Play and Literature
  • Conflict-Resolution
  • Video-clip discussion/analysis
  • Role Plays
  • Therapeutic Games
  • Active Listening Skill-Development
  • Classroom Counseling Programs and Games
  • Sand Tray Therapeutic Play