What does a Counselor Do?
School counselors provide support in an effort to maximize student achievement and also, serve as an advocate for all children. Support may be provided to students in the following ways:
Classroom Guidance: Classroom guidance lessons are held with each homeroom, approximately twice per month. These lessons will align with each classroom’s needs, as well as Character Counts Education.
Small Group Counseling: Small group counseling sessions may be offered to students throughout the school year, based on student need. This allows students to give and receive help from their peers who may be experiencing similar feelings or situations. These are a few example of small group sessions that have been conducted in the past:
- Changing Families- Divorce, step families, blended families
- Friendship Fun-How to get along with friends
- Social Skills- How to interact with other students and adults
- Anxiety/ Worry- Worries about school, friends, sport
Group sessions typically last approximately six sessions and are made based on teacher or parent referrals. Each session will be about 20-30 minutes long. Sessions will take place at an agreed upon time with the classroom teacher when minimal instruction is missed. Any child may participate in group sessions, with parent permission first. If you have any questions about group sessions, please feel free to contact me!
Individual Counseling: Individual counseling at the school level seeks to remove any impediments that may be getting in the way of a student being the best learner that they can be. It is conducted in a confidential setting and is meant to meet any immediate student needs or concerns. Individual counseling at school is short-term in nature and also requires parent permission. Should a student need on-going therapy, a referral can be made to an outside mental health provider. Individual counseling referrals for students can be made through the request of a student, parent, or teacher.
How to Make an Appointment
Students may see the Counselor by asking themselves or being referred by a parent, teacher, or administrator. Ms. Moller may be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org or 410-643-3105 Ext. 1107 to schedule an appointment.
About Ms. Moller
Ms. Moller is the School Counselor at Matapeake Elementary School. She loves helping the students and families at our school!
QACPS uses a Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports Program (PBIS) to promote desirable school behaviors. Our guide words are “Safe, Responsible, and Caring”.
The children are excited and motivated by the PBIS Program which gives them the opportunity to earn Matapeake Money and redeem their “dollars” for prizes from the school store.
Pillars of Character
The six pillars of character that are incorporated into our school program include:
- Be honest.
- Don’t deceive, cheat, or steal.
- Be reliable; do what you say you’ll do.
- Have the courage to do the right thing.
- Build a good reputation.
- Be loyal; stand by your family and country.
- Treat others with respect; follow the Golden Rule.
- Be tolerant of differences.
- Use good manners, not bad language.
- Be considerate of the feelings of others.
- Do not threaten, hit, or hurt anyone.
- Deal peacefully with anger, insults, and disagreements.
- Do what you are supposed to do.
- Persevere: Keep on trying!
- Always do your best.
- Use self-control; be self-disciplined.
- Think before you act; consider the consequences.
- Be accountable for your choices.
- Play by the rules.
- Take turns and share.
- Be open-minded; listen to others.
- Don’t take advantage of others.
- Don’t blame others carelessly.
- Be kind.
- Be compassionate and show you care.
- Express gratitude.
- Forgive others.
- Help people in need.
- Do your share to make your school and community better.
- Stay informed; vote.
- Be a good neighbor.
- Obey laws and rules.
- Respect authority.
- Protect the environment.
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:
- 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,
- Threatening or seriously intimidating; and
- Occurs on school property, at a school activity or event, or on a school bus; or,
- 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.
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 Matapeake Elementary.