February 10, 2012 - National School Counseling Week 2012, is being celebrated from Feb. 6-10, 2012, to focus public attention on the unique contribution of professional school counselors within U.S. school systems. National School Counseling Week, sponsored by the American School Counselor Association, highlights the tremendous impact school counselors can have in helping students achieve school success and plan for a career.
This article is the fourth in a series of four that focus on the Student Services Departments in Pitt County Schools. South Greenville Elementary School’s Counseling Department promotes academic achievement, career and educational decision making and personal/social development, ensuring that all students have an equal opportunity to become healthy, productive and contributing members of society.
The Counseling Department has been working hard to promote the Character Word of the Month. These words are incorporated into classroom guidance lessons, morning announcements and classroom activities every day. A Character Word of the Month board is displayed outside the cafeteria and in each classroom that displays the month’s word, definition, illustration, and a sentence using it. These boards help staff members remind their students of the success that can be accomplished by working together.
Daily announcements are an exciting way for students to become involved with the Character Word of the Month. Each class receives a week or two of the school year to describe the month’s word in their own words and announce it to the school. This helps remind students of practicing good character together.
Counselors also center their classroom guidance lessons on the Character Word of the Month. The first lesson educates students on the meaning of the word, while a second lesson helps students reflect on personal experiences related to the word. Upon reflection, students are encouraged to set new goals for themselves.
The Character Word of the Month is just one way South Greenville’s Counseling Department is working to educate its students. With the school working as a team, South Greenville will prepare its students for a successful future.