Age to Age Coordinator
Food For Kids
Red Ribbon Week, Awards and Assemblies, Kindness Week
COUNSELING SMALL GROUP TOPICS
GET TO KNOW MRS. JACKSON
Hello! I am Haley Jackson, school counselor at Sequoyah Elementary. I am a Russellville High School and Arkansas Tech graduate. I began my education career as a high school and junior high school English teacher. In my role as a teacher, I quickly discovered my passion for addressing student needs both inside and outside the classroom. Being a school counselor is a dream come true for me! It is my hope to lead every Sequoyah student to success by providing academic, social/emotional, and career-related support services. I provide counseling services to individuals, small-groups, and whole-classes. It is my job to advocate for each and every student and their families. If your student or your family is in need of my services, please don’t ever hesitate to reach out. We provide school-based mental health services through Counseling Associates, direct you to community resources if you are in need of food or help with bills, and can connect you to mentorship services through Age to Age. I love what I do, and I love working with the wonderful students and staff at Sequoyah!
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The role of counselor is to serve the children, parents, and community members of Sequoyah Elementary through a guidance program which is created to teach to the “whole child”. This means that not only will the guidance lessons focus on academics, study skills, and career choices, but the lessons will also consist of teaching compassion, friendship, life skills, and family relationships.
The school counselor meets with the students in whole classroom guidance lessons every other week for a 30-minute lesson and activity. School counselors also offer individual counseling, counseling for immediate needs, and counseling for two-three students who are experiencing difficulties as a friendship group or are in need of conflict resolution.
In addition to whole group lessons, our school counselor also provides small group guidance lessons for students based on parent and teacher recommendations. Small groups meet once a week for 30 minutes, for six weeks, and then a new rotation of students begins. They are organized by grade level and provide students with an opportunity to build stronger friendships with classmates who are experiencing the same challenges they are. Some of the topics of small groups include divorce, anxiety, anger management, grief, self-esteem, friendships, and building stronger social skills.
There are several special events hosted at Sequoyah Elementary through the guidance program. Every nine weeks we recognize students for their academic achievements in an awards assembly. In the month of October, we participate in Red Ribbon Week, which is a drug awareness program. In January, we launch our Great Kindness Challenge. Throughout the month of January, we engage in special projects of kindness such as collecting donations for a local nursing home and making Get Well cards for local pharmacies to include with each customer’s prescription. We also welcome new students to Sequoyah by having a grade level lunch for all new students in the counselor’s classroom.
Career guidance is incorporated throughout the year through lessons such as goal-setting, having a strong determination, and being able to persevere through challenging situations. Additionally, we devote an entire month to career readiness through lessons based on career investigation as well as our annual Career Fair which offers students the opportunity to explore various careers through hands-on activities and guest speakers.
Throughout the year, the school counselor is involved in implementing and conducting standardized testing. Our counselor is the building test coordinator and is responsible for all teacher test-training for the building as well as organizing all student accommodation information. Our counselor is also responsible for administering all make-up testing and making sure all testing material is accounted for and returned to the district testing coordinator by the close of the testing window.
If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact our office at 479-968-2134