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I would like to take a moment to introduce myself to you and your family. I am Amy Lagasse the School Counselor at Southwick School. I have been a school counselor at the elementary level for 7 years, and have enjoyed every minute of it! I am here daily for the students at Southwick; but also as a resource for my students’ families. I feel it is important to connect with my students and their families so we can work toward common goals for student success.
My main responsibility as a School Counselor is to promote academic, personal, and social/emotional development of all students at Southwick. I conduct classroom lessons as part of the UA schedule. This allows me to reach all students and provide social emotional learning opportunities within their classroom with peers. I also meet with students individually and in small groups to further promote student success. Part of my role as the school counselor is also meeting with parents, collaborating with teachers and staff, and consulting with community organizations to meet the needs of Southwick students and families.
There are many different ways your student may be referred to counseling from a teacher, staff member, from you as a parent/guardian or from SWIS data. To make a referral, you may call the school or email me directly. My number at school is 603-286-3611 ext 4703.
The primary goal of the Southwick School Counseling program is to help all students reach their full potential academically, socially, and emotionally.
In a caring way, we are helping students become aware of their own strengths, weaknesses, interests, values, and feelings. Also, we are striving to help each student to be understanding and accepting of others.
School Counseling FAQs
What is an elementary school counselor?
A school person, who provides services for all children, serves as a resource person for all staff members and parents, a liaison with outside community agencies.
What does the elementary school counselor do?
Conducts weekly classroom school counseling activities, sees children in small groups, sees children individually, works with parents and staff members, works with personnel from community agencies, counsels, consults, and coordinates, uses a variety of media and techniques, gains understanding through observation, works with School Counselors on 2nd and 5th grade transitions
The Counselor may see students for:
Classroom School Counseling
The counselor will conduct classroom activities throughout the school year. The goal will be to develop an awareness of self, others, and the world around them.
Small Group Counseling
Activities are designed to help students experience self-confidence, friendship, decision making, attitude and behavior changes. Some groups are formed by grade level, and some are formed with students sharing a common concern.
The counselor will work with students who are self-referred, teacher-referred, or parent-referred. No concern is too big or too small to bring to the counselor's office.
What do students talk about with the school counselor?
Friendship, Self Concept, Decision making/problem solving, Understanding others, Feelings, Loss, Protective behaviors, Transitions, Wellness, Bullying, Career Awareness, Alternative behaviors, Study Skills, Peer and Family Relationships, School Problems, Conflict Resolution
How does a student see the counselor individually or in a small group?
Self referral, Teacher referral, Parent referral, Administrative referral, Special services referral, Referral by a friend.