School Counselors are involved with everything that involves students' social emotional, academic, and career exploration needs. They work from a strengths-based perspective to help all students persevere through challenging times. Centennial's counselors meet with students 1:1, in small and large groups, and with families and teachers. School Counselors are like phantoms. One minute they are helping a student create a plan for catching up on missing assignments and the next they are in the cafeteria supervising and talking with kids.
School counselors who work at the middle school level help the students in a variety of ways:
- Identification of Interests and Academic Aptitudes
- Goal Setting, Course Selections, and Academic Achievement
- Academic Interventions / Response to Intervention
- Development of Social Skills / Resistance of Peer Pressure
- Development of Decision Making and Problem Solving Skills
- Transitioning Successfully to High School
Centennial Counselors have created the Zen Den attached to the space near their offices. The Zen Den provides students with a quiet and peaceful place to calm down, gather thoughts, and hold small groups. Students are able to access the space throughout the school day for limited amounts of time. 5 and 10 minute timers are available to help students focus their time and get back to class as soon as possible. Parents, there is even a small, but growing library of books for you to borrow! Read more about Social Emotional Learning and spaces like the Zen Den in this article.