Your Southside Counseling Team
Jamie Casper, M. Ed.
Professional School Counselor
615.444.6330 extension 5906
Anna Blagburn, MSW
STARS Student Assistance Counselor
615.444.6330 extension 5967
Will Ringer M.A.C
School-Based Behavioral Health Liaison
615.444.6330 extension 5907
Hello Southside Families!
We have almost made it to Summer, which means sleepovers, swimming, playing outside until dusk, and many more exciting activities will begin to fill the warm Summer Days for our Southside Kiddos!
As their School Counselor I want to equip them with the skills they need to be safe, so in the month of April I will be hosting classroom lessons to educate each student on the 5 Safety Rules of personal safety; Know what's up, Spot Red Flags, Make a Move, Talk it up, and No Blame/No Shame!
Students will learn how important it is to memorize parent/guardian contact information, how to identify moments of danger, how to get away from that danger, how to effectvely identify atleast two safe adults both at home and in the community, and how to communicate with their safe adults what has happened to make them feel unsafe.
Each student will come home with information sheets explaining what we have covered in their lesson so it will make for a great opportunity to let them teach you what they have learned!
Parent Opt-out forms were sent home and emailed out via Skyward to all families in February. You only need to send this form back if you do not wish for your student to participate in this Safety Lesson.
Resources used for this lesson will be the following:
The Book Not In Room 204 by Shannon Riggs for grades 6-8
Your Southside School Counselor
Hello future High Schoolers!
We are nearly at that exciting point in the school year where you will meet with your High School Counselor to finalize your plans for your freshman year.
At this meeting, you will discuss your pathway and classes choices that you chose based on what you learned and chose in your Major Clarity Assessments!
Please also speak to your core teachers about their recommendations about what level course (standard, Honors, AP) that is most suitable for you.
First: Please be sure that you complete these steps for your ZONED HIGH SCHOOL...I repeat..Please be sure that you complete these steps for your ZONED HIGH SCHOOL:). If you are putting in a request to attend another school other than this school, your registration records will be transferred from your zoned high school over to them once your approval has come in to change schools.
If you have not completed your Major Clarity Profile, don't stress, please log back in and work on completing it at this time.
You do not have to be at school to access your Major Clarity so you may log in at any time to do the following; Complete your learning and personality assessments, choose your pathway, and choose your 9th grade and 10th grade classes. You may also complete the assessments more than once if you feel the first results are not accurate. You may either log on through ClassLink and choose "Log on with Google", or you may always log on at their website and use your school log in information:
Next, review the following presentation to get an idea of what will be planned for your 9th grade year. Then, scroll down to find the high school you will be attending next year; Lebanon High School, Wilson Central High School, or Watertown High school. Review and complete the following steps by February 1st, to help prepare you for your counselor meeting.
Ok! Now, find your high school and begin the process!
All of this must be completed by 2/1/2021
Lebanon High School
Watertown High School
Print and fill out the following registration paperwork and return to Ms. Jamie by Wednesday, February 3rd. If you need this printed and sent home with your student please either have them swing the counseling office or email to request a copy at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Mount Juliet High School
Please join the Rising Freshmen Google Classroom.
The code to join is 673inpb.
There is a PowerPoint presentation which covers registration for incoming freshmen and instructions on how to enter course requests in Skyward.
Now that those steps are complete, you are ready to meet with your High School Counselor!
Please be sure to fill out this Google Form so that I can know you have completed this process!
I am available for any questions you may have and can pull you individually if you feel like you are stuck on this. Just email me and I'll set it up!
A handful of you are attending MJS, WHS, and GHS, and I am currently working to collect what you will need and upload it here.
Be excited, these next four years are an adventure that starts in just a matter of months!
SES Counseling Information
“Every child deserves a champion: an adult who will never give up on them, who understands the power of connection, and insists that they become the best they can possibly be.”
- Rita Pierson
Why do kids need School Counseling?
- Children learn best when they feel good about themselves and their relationships with others.
- Children who understand their feelings are better able to control their behavior.
- We know that stress can affect focus and learning, but its impact can be reduced with proven self-regulation strategies.
- Schools, parents, and communities that communicate and collaborate provide the most effective support to children.
- Attitudes formed during elementary and middle school shape future attitudes towards learning, self, and society.
- brief individual counseling
- small group counseling
- classroom counseling lessons
- crisis intervention
- consultation with parents and teachers
- referral to outside agencies and therapists
- referrals for community services
- Anxiety/ stress reduction
- anger management
- friendship skills
- conflict resolution
- managing feelings
What exactly does a school counselor do?
Much like the school nurse, school counseling services are available to ALL students, not just those with an emotional disability or in a crisis. It is the counselor’s job to make sure that students are happy and doing their best at school. This is a tall order since so many factors go into kids doing well: their ability to focus and pay attention, their relationships with peers and teachers, how well they can manage their feelings and impulses, and their lives outside of school. We will address these issues using individual or small group counseling, as well as classroom counseling lessons and even school-wide programs. We want kids to think of us as a coach – we don’t solve their problems, but we can help them get through a tough issues or find their own solution.
How are you different from a therapist at an outside agency?
We frequently see children just once or twice, or in the classroom setting rather than the office. Although we do often help children with family problems and behavior at home, the primary role of a schoolbased counselor is to deal with school-related problems. Sometimes an issue is better addressed more intensively in a therapeutic setting, and with greater direct parental involvement. Please let us know if you’d like a recommendation to an outside therapist for your child.
How do children come to you?
Students come to the counseling office in a variety of ways. Usually it’s by the recommendation of a classroom teacher and/or the parent/guardian. Sometimes they are referred by the office. Often, children will approach themselves and ask if they can eat lunch with us or schedule an appointment. They may also ask their teacher or someone in the office to come see us, and that’s
Children frequently pop in to talk about relatively minor or time-limited issues like an argument with a peer or the death of a pet. If that happens, we may not notify you unless: a) there is a safety concern, b) your child has asked to see us repeatedly, or c) if the worry or problem is significant (by adult standards). If it is suspected that your child may benefit from regular meetings with our STARS Counselor, Ms. Molly will send a STARS Permission form home with your student. If we believe they would make a great addition to one of our small groups, an informational permission form will come home with them.
Will you tell me what you discuss with my child?
School Counselors are trained to uphold confidentiality and build safe, trusting relationships with students. Confidentiality ensures that school counselors won’t share students’ disclosures with others except when the student authorizes it or when there is a clear and present danger to the student and/or to other persons. We want to maintain strong, collaborative relationships with all parents, as we are a team.
Professional School Counselor: ASCA National Model
Direct Student Services
- Standards-based, developmentally appropriate counseling curriculum for academic, personal/social and career development of all students.
- Assisting students to set personal goals and develop future plans
- Responsive services via small group and individual counseling to meet students' immediate needs and concerns.
Indirect Student Services
- Referrals to other professionals or community agencies.
- Consultation and collaboration with other counselors, administrators, teachers, parents, community partners.
Program Management & School Support
- Management and accountability tasks and fair-share responsibilities.
The vision of the Wilson County K-8 School Counseling program is to support a school climate in which each student is valued and their developmental needs are considered whilst providing an
opportunity to learn in a safe environment. The K-8 School Counselor shall manage their School Counseling program and services by using data to make informed decisions and follow ethical practices.
The mission of our School Counseling program is to deliver comprehensive, differentiated, and data-driven services to reach all students, which allows students to attain skills and fosters necessary attitudes for academic, career, and social emotional success.
The school counselor believes through the Counseling Program that:
- All students are capable of achievement leading to success in academics, social/emotional development, and college and careers.
- All students’ developmental needs are best met by implementing a comprehensive school counseling program.
- School counselors advocate for equal opportunities and fair treatment of all students in the educational setting.
- School counselors are involved in planning, management, delivery, and evaluation of the school counseling program in collaboration with all stakeholders.
- Needs assessments and achievement and other data should be used to design, implement, and evaluate the comprehensive school counseling program in order to best meet all students’ needs so that they are successful in academics, social/emotional development, and college and careers.
- Applying the American School Counselor Association Ethical Standards for School Counselors empowers school counselors to make decisions based on the highest moral principles to promote the maximum development of every student.