School Counseling Program

Instructor: Mrs. Raquedan & Mrs. Kiser   

Vision Statement

Victory Elementary School students will work hard to learn at their fullest potential, achieve their goals, and succeed in life. All students will participate in developmentally appropriate comprehensive classroom guidance lessons, and will have access to small group and individual counseling. This will allow them to achieve academically,personally, develop socially, as well as build career readiness. Victory Elementary students will become successful life-long learners, as wellas productive and responsible citizens in the community.

Belief Statement

The professional school counselors of Victory Elementary School Counseling Program believe:
All students are individuals and learn at their own pace.
All students can be academically successful and supported to become active members of society.
All students deserve equitable access to a rigorous curriculum to maximize their post-secondary school options.
All students deserve to be members of a school that respects their cultural diversity and celebrates their uniqueness.
All students will have equitable access to a comprehensive,developmentally appropriate school counseling program administered by state certified professional school counselors.
The school counselors will advocate for all students.
The school counselors will use data in collaborative effort to design,implement, assess, and continuously improve the comprehensive school counseling program.
The school counselors will collaborate with families, stakeholders and community resources to assist student development.
The school counselors will abide by ASCA’s school counseling ethics.

Mission Statement

Collaborating with all stakeholders to provide a multicultural, data driven, and  developmentally appropriate comprehensive school counseling program in which all students achieve excellence academically,personally, socially, as contributing members of their community, and ultimately in the career of their choice.

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Announcements

Talking to Kids About Grief

Please feel free to contact the school counselors if you would like to discuss how to talk to your child about grief. Below are a few tips/suggestions: 

1. Give facts in a simple manner.
2. Allow children to ask questions.
3. Understand the age and level of comprehension of your child.
4. Explain your feelings to your child, especially if you are crying. Give children permission to cry. We are their role models and it's appropriate for children to see our sadness and for us to share our feelings with them.
5. Listen carefully as children share their feelings.
6. Appropriate statements to use are:
"I'm sorry"
"I care"
"I'm here for you"
"All feelings are okay"

Books for Children
Water Bugs and Dragonflies:Explaining Death to Young Children by Doris Stickney
What on Earth Do You Do When Someone Dies? by Trevor Romain
When Dinosaurs Die: A Guide to Understanding Death by Laurie Krasny Brown

The Fall of Freddie the Leaf by Leo Buscaglia
If Nathan Were Here by Mary Bahr
I Had a Friend Named Peter by Janice Cohen