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Ringgold Elementary School


School Counseling Program


School Counselor


(706) 935-2912 ext. 1122        Room 406




Welcome to the 2016-17 school year at RES!  This year will be filled with a great deal of growth – academic, developmental, and emotional – for your child.  I enjoy watching when they succeed and I am available to help when there are bumps in the road.  It is exciting to be a part of their lives as they become leaders in our school and community!  Below is information regarding our school counseling program.  Additional details will be sent home throughout the year.  If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact me!


1.        Explorations Lessons in the Classroom - This year, students will be visiting the counselor's classroom as part of their Connections rotations.  All students will learn about the Georgia career clusters for their grade, and 5th grade students will complete a career project demonstrating research about a possible future career choice.  Other lesson topics may include skills for study/focus at school, maintaining positive self-esteem, developing healthy peer relationships and withstanding negative influences such as bullying or conflicts, or making the choice to say no to drugs.  We are excited to be using Second Step curriculum this year, an evidence based social skills program by the national organization Committee for Children.  




2.       Lunch Bunch – Occasionally, students request to eat lunch with the counselor individually or with a few friends.  During this time, kids are encouraged to share through icebreaker/mixer type games, or simply enjoy conversation with peers.  Lunch bunch times give the counselor an opportunity to get to know our students better and students practice social skills such as talking quietly, not interrupting, and relating to their peers.  




3.       Group counseling – Topical group counseling sessions will be offered this school year at specified times outside of instructional hours, and may include relevant themes such as family changes (divorce), grief and loss, new students, self-esteem, or dealing with worry/anxiety.  These groups will be offered based on demand, and will be first come first served by parental permission. 




4.       Individual counseling – As a Licensed Professional Counselor, I am able to offer counseling to students individually when a need arises and at the parents request.  Additionally, I am available to consult with parents, coordinate services with outside providers (counselors, doctors, etc), and make appropriate referrals to outside providers.  Please contact me directly if you feel your child may benefit from counseling.