School Counselor

at Centreville Elementary

The mission of the guidance counselor is to assist each student toward optimal health, personal, interpersonal, academic, and career development in order that the student may complete an appropriate educational program and become a contributing member of society.

About Ms. Holthaus

Ms. Holthaus is the School counselor at Centreville Elementary. She received a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and a Master’s degree in School Counseling from Loyola University of Maryland. She became a Nationally Board Certified School Counselor in 2002.

All four of Ms. Holthaus’s children attended and loved Centreville Elementary! She loves helping the students and families at our school!

PBIS / Anti-Bullying


Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports (PBIS) is a proactive systems approach to establishing the behavioral supports and school culture needed for all students to achieve social, emotional, and academic success. Each school has established school-wide expectations for behavior based on the premise of respect and responsibility. PBIS is a proactive approach to creating an environment where students and staff are recognized and encouraged. This sets the foundation for a safe and effective school. Our goal with PBIS is to bring out the best in all of us.

PBIS includes school-wide procedures and processes intended for: ALL students, ALL staff, in ALL settings. PBIS IS NOT a program or a curriculum. IT IS a team-based process for systemic problem solving, planning, and evaluation.

Centreville Elementary School’s expectations for our students and staff members are:


Use Safety

Be Responsible

Show Respect

In order to reward students for displaying the four expectations, staff members periodically hand out “Cub Paws” to students who are caring, using safety rules, being responsible, or showing respect. Students combine their individual Cub Paws with their classmates to meet class goals for earning a PBIS monthly class incentive. Teachers and staff members also hand out Classroom Cub Paws when they wish to recognize an entire CES class for an outstanding job in

Bullying & Harassment

Queen Anne’s County Public Schools defines bullying, harassment and intimidation as intentional conduct, including verbal, physical, or written conduct or an intentional electronic communication that is repeated over time, creates a hostile educational environment by substantially interfering with a student’s educational benefits, opportunities, or performance, or with a student’s physical or psychological well being and is:  

  1. Motivated by an actual or perceived personal characteristic including race, national origin, marital status, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, ancestry, phsyical attributes, socioeconomic status, familial status, or physical or mental ability or disability; or,
  2. Threatening or seriously intimidating; and
  3. Occurs on school property, at a school activity or event, or on a school bus; or,
  4. Substantially disrupts the orderly operation of school

“Electronic communication” means a communication transmitted by means of an electronic device, including a telephone, cellular phone, computer, or pager.

Any student committing acts of bullying, harassment and intimidation, or engaging in reprisal and retaliation, or any person found to have made false accusations will receive an appropriate consequence and/or intervention. Depending on the nature of the offense, consequences and interventions for the aforementioned behaviors can range from parent/student conference to expulsion from school.

Character Counts

The mission of Character Counts in Queen Anne’s County is to support and embrace character development in all aspects of our lives. The Character Counts Program is a coalition of schools, communities, and non-profit organizations working to advance character education by teaching the Six Pillars of Character: Trustworthiness, Respect, Responsibility, Fairness, Caring and Citizenship.

The Business/Education Committee has joined with the Community Partnership for Children & Families, local communities, and other organizations for these efforts in Queen Anne’s County. Character Counts is made up of a series of activities that involve business, community members, and leaders. 
CommUNITY Mentoring is also a part of the Character Counts family where mentors caringly guide mentees in grades 5-12 in making positive choices for their future success.

New Student Registration

Please visit the main QACPS site for information about enrolling a new student at Centreville Elementary.

Additional Guidance Programs

In addition to the programs listed above, the Guidance office provides:

PeacemakingSkills for Little Kids

CharacterEducation – Pre-Kindergarten and Kindergarten

Classroom Presentations

  • Accepting and Appreciating our Differences
  • Conflict Resolution, and Social Skills

Small Group Counseling

  • Anger management Skills
  • Study Skills for School Success
  • Coping with the Changing Family
  • Building Self Esteem

Individual Student Counseling

Parent Conferences

Meeting for Discussing Needs of Student

Citizen of the Month

Monthly certificates for students who best demonstrate the Six Pillars of Character Responsibility, Trustworthiness, Caring, Fairness,Citizenship, and Respect

Attendance Incentive Program (Monthly)

  • Students are honored in an Assembly for Perfect and Outstanding Attendance 
  • Best Overall Attendance by Class display a Special Attendance Flag

Special Events

Special Events organized through Partnership of School and Community

Channel 7

Special School Events are available for Community viewing on Channel 7