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National School Counseling Week is Feb. 4-8

February 7, 2019
Special to The Chronicle , Toledo Chronicle, Tama News-Herald

National School Counseling Week, sponsored by the American School Counselor Association (ASCA), is being celebrated from Feb. 4-8, to focus public attention on the unique contribution of professional school counselors within U.S. school systems and how students are different as a result of what school counselors do. National School Counseling Week highlights the tremendous impact school counselors can have in helping students achieve school success and plan for a career.

The special week honoring school counselors provides recognition for school counselors who "implement comprehensive school counseling programs, a vital part of the educational process for all students as they meet the challenges of the 21st century," according to Jared Smith, South Tama superintendent, who signed the proclamation designating Feb. 4-8 as National School Counseling Week.

In a proclamation, Smith, cited school counselors for being actively engaged in helping students examine their abilities, strengths, interests and talents; for working in a partnership with parents as they encounter the challenges of raising children in today's world; for focusing on positive ways to enhance students' social/personal, educational and career development and working with teachers and other educators to provide an educational system where students can realize their potential and set healthy, realistic and optimistic aspirations for themselves. Professional school counselors are certified, experience educators with a master's degree in guidance and counseling. The combination of their training and experience makes them an integral part of the total educational program.

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South Tama schools counselors are L-R: Hayley Ehrich middle school, Anita Townsley, elementary school Leah Fonua, middle school, Dan Lopez high school, Melanie Kemper, elementary school and Dina Keahna, high school. Chronicle/Allison Graham

"School counselors work with all students to remove barriers to learning by addressing students' academic concerns, career awareness in post-secondary options and social/emotional skills," said Kwok-Sze Wong, Ed.D., ASCA executive director. "Comprehensive school counseling programs help to increase student achievement and provide a much-needed resource for students, parents, teachers and administrators. School counselors are integral to student success."

More than 100,000 school counselors nationwide will be participating in the week's festivities. Many school counselors will be sharing information and calling attention to the countless benefits of a comprehensive school counseling program.

As part of our celebration for National School Counseling Week, South Tama County schools will be providing daily announcements to be read at each building. Also there will be tweets and messages on instagram and Facebook that share information regarding our counseling programs.

South Tama County schools have two licensed school counselors in each of our buildings.

High School - Dan Lopez and Dina Keahna

Middle School - Leah Fonua and Haley Ehrich

Elementary -Melanie Kemper and Anita Townsley

Each day there is a daily theme:

Monday - Happy National School Counseling Week

Tuesday - Lessons Learned

Wednesday - Lessons Shared

Thursday - Life Goals

Friday - Building Better Humans

Parents or community members with specific questions or concerns about our school counseling program should contact the school counselors.



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