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Oak Street Counseling Program

WHAT DOES A COUNSELOR DO? As a school counselor, one of my primary responsibilities is to help your child get the best education possible. A comprehensive education includes not only learning to read, write, and do math, but encompasses many other skills. This includes learning how to get along with other children, making good decisions, controlling anger, accepting responsibility, and being aware of strengths and weaknesses. We also focus on leadership skills and service projects.

CLASSROOM LESSONS - Classroom counselor lessons are guided by National and Kansas State Standards for Counselors. Topics include concepts such as friendship, test taking skills, setting goals, responsibility, drug prevention, generosity, decision making and conflict management.

SMALL GROUPS - Small groups are offered at the beginning of the year to help students learn specific skills with their peers in a fun way. Groups are usually made up of 6-8 students and meet 4-6 times. All groups are scheduled during non-academic time to optimize classroom learning time.

INDIVIDUAL - I also meet with students who are facing specific difficulties. If you have a particular concern about your child, please contact me to discuss the matter. Some situations outside of school, may affect children at school. If we are aware of any special problems your child might be facing, we can provide support for your child and suggest resources if needed.

It is important to remember that when school personnel and parents work together it is a winning combination for children. All children deserve to be winners, and together, we can help this goal be realized. If I can be of any help to you, please email me at jburesh@goddardusd.com or call the school at 794-4200.