The role of the school counselor is to serve the children, parents, and community members of Dwight Elementary through a guidance program which is created to teach the “Whole Child.” The concept of the “Whole Child” means that not only is the counselor here to teach and support academics, study skills and career choices, but she is also here to teach the social and emotional skills that children need to be successful in life, such as compassion, empathy, responsibility, respect, relationships, etc. The counselor meets with students in the classroom every other week for a 30-minute lesson and activity on the focus word for the month. The counselor is also available to meet with students individually as needed and/or as small groups for extra skills lessons. Meeting with small groups and/or individual sessions can be for teaching conflict resolution, friendship skills, and social skills, etc.
At Dwight Elementary, we have many special events that go on throughout the year that the counselor oversees. Each nine weeks, we have an awards assembly to honor the hard work that students do. We have Red Ribbon week each year in October to bring awareness to the responsibility of taking care of our bodies and being aware of the dangers in the world.
In January, we hold The Great Kindness Challenge. As a school, we focus on ways to be kind and caring to others. These are just a few of our many programs or special events. In addition, the counselor holds "Lunch with Mrs. Fuller." The goal for this program is to have lunch with a few students at a time in a relaxed setting and get to meet with each student in the school at one point in the year.
Career readiness is a focus for our students at Dwight Elementary. We familiarize them with different careers throughout the year. We have a career board outside the library that exposes them to several different types of careers.
Throughout the year, the counselor is involved with implementing standardized testing that is mandated by the state. The counselor is the building test coordinator for Dwight Elementary. The building test coordinator responsibilities are training all faculty and staff for the tests being given, coordinating all student accommodation information, administering all make-up testing, and making sure that all testing materials are accounted for and returned to the district test coordinator by the end of the testing session.