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Drew P. Veal, M.S., LPC Phone Icon (770) 832-8588 Email Icon Email

Counselor's Corner

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Welcome to the Counselor's Corner. I am truly blessed to be a part of such a wonderful community at Mt. Zion Elementary School. I look forward to working with all of our students and parents, and hope to make this the best year yet. This page is designed to give you information about the role of a school counselor, school-wide activities, and various resources that you may find helpful. If you ever have any questions, please contact me and I will be glad to help you in whatever way possible.

 

What does a School Counselor Do?

 

1.       Counseling: School counselors provide short term, goal-focused counseling for students in individual and group settings. School counselors do not provide long-term therapy for students. However, school counselors do assess students for mental health needs, and provide parent(s)/guardian(s) with appropriate referrals for families seeking resources.

 

2.       Teach: School counselors provide classroom guidance lessons to each classroom in the school, tailored for the students’ age-appropriate needs and concerns. For example, the school counselor may provide lessons about tattling and personal space to pre-k and kindergarten students, while providing conflict resolution and career focused lessons to students in fourth and fifth grade.

 

3.       Crisis Response: School counselors provide support for students and families who are in the midst of crisis situations. This includes ensuring that all students are safe and well provided for at home and school. School social workers often assist in this endeavor.

 

4.       Consultation: School counselors consult with faculty members and families to provide appropriate strategies and help ensure that all students are academically and socially successful.

 

Attendance Matters

In addition to what is listed above, I help monitor and support student attendance. Research shows that good school attendance at a young age is highly correlated with success throughout the school aged years, including graduation rates. At Mt. Zion Elementary, we strongly encourage students to be at school, all day and every day that there is not a lawful reason for the student to be absent. We also encourage parent(s)/guardian(s) to turn in excuses for students who are absent to avoid potential consequences related to truancy. In an effort to do this, when students come to school after an absence without an excuse, an absence excuse form is sent home to be filled out and returned. If you would like to print out this form, please click on the form link listed above. Also, if you have any questions about attendance policies, please click on the links that lead you to district policies concerning attendance. 

Positive Behavioral Interventions and Support (P.B.I.S.)

At Mt. Zion Elementary, we are committed to providing positive support for student behavior in addition to our commitment to academic excellence. One way that we do this is through our P.B.I.S. program. This program provides a paradigm shift from focusing on students who are struggling with their behavior to celebrating students' positive behavioral achievements. If you would like to know more about this program, please click on the forms link about to see the parent information letter.