Ms. Stelle Bolle, Professional School Counselor
Our Professional School Counselor follows the American School Counselor Association model. The national model includes Foundation, Delivery, Management and Accountability as the four areas to be addressed when meeting student needs. School counseling programs are collaborative efforts benefiting students, parents, teachers, administrators and the overall community.
Our School Counselor is a partner in the student’s achievement. School Counselors provide services to students, parents, school staff and the community in the areas of: Indirect Student Services and Direct Student Services which include School Counseling curriculum, Individual student planning, and responsive services.
Indirect Services include the work the School Counselor performs with other members of the school community that are provided on behalf of the student. This work includes collaboration with parents, teachers, other educators and community organizations.
The three Direct Counseling areas are described as: School Counseling curriculum - consists of structured lessons designed to help students obtain goals in academic knowledge, personal attitudes and social skills that are developmentally appropriate. Lessons are proactive and generated through the “Student Needs Assessments” as well as collaborative design with fellow educators.
Individual Student Planning- students meet with the School Counselor in order to create personal goals and develop future plans using systemic and theoretic based solution focused school counseling techniques. Responsive services- are activities the address the immediate needs and concerns of the students are addressed through individual, small group or crisis response.
PGCPS has an initiative called the Personal Education Plan (PEP) that is completed with each first and fourth grade student in order to document each child's goals and aspirations. As you know, whenever you have a goal, you need to make a plan to achieve it. Goals are identified and plans are developed during individual sessions. The Personal Education Plan helps students plan for high school graduation and college and/or their desired career. This tool allows for parents and school employees to identify existing programs that will help the student to reach their goals.
Ideally, we would like for parents to participate in this process. The PEP is based on the premise that goal development fosters self awareness, which allows students to reflect and make good choices. Parents can make an appointment to complete your child's PEP with their child(ren) and the Professional School Counselor or complete the grade level appropriate PEP for further completion at the school. The PEP is then added to the student Cumulative Record folders.