Ms. West - 5th Grade Ms. Flores - 6th Grade
School Counselors are educators dedicated to supporting students, parents, teachers and other staff in the educational setting. School Counselors hold a Masters degree with a certification in school counseling. Areas of support include but not limited to : Individual and small group counseling, Drug education programs, Peer Mediation program, Bullying Prevention education, student scheduling, team meetings, interpreting testing data and communicating information regarding grades and report cards, staffing issues, CRT/SPED, SEARCH, At-Risk, Dyslexia and 504 designee, home visits, consultations, parent conferences, failure conferences and/or GPC conferences, feeder school orientation, new student and transfer student scheduling and orientation.
Bully Prevention Program – Counselors and Teachers give students the tools to reduce bullying behavior through the blending of school-wide positive behavior support, explicit instruction, and a redefinition of the bullying construct. Our program is Bully Prevention In positive Behavior Support by Scott Ross, M.S., Rob Horner, PhD, & Bruce Stiller, Ph.D. Students are first instructed on our school wide stop signal and how to appropriately use the signal. Students then learn the “Stop, Walk, Talk” approach to dealing with problem behavior. Our common area expectations are reviewed and students model the techniques and how to respond appropriately to “Stop, Walk, Talk” approach. Teachers continue to review the techniques and allow group practice during Power Hour time. Other curriculum topics which are taught over in 3 other lessons deal with gossip, inappropriate remarks and cyber bullying.
DARE curriculum – for 5th graders. Our Dare Program begins September 14 and ends November 17. Dare Graduation is scheduled for November 17, 2012. The program consists of weekly lessons by a law enforcement officer and ends with a graduation program and talent show performed by students. Parents are invited to the graduation. DARE is a drug and violence program to help educate and teach students how to say no and resist drugs.
Steps to Respect – 6th grade students receive eleven lessons which have 3 parts and covers curriculum topics such as Friendships, Conflict Between Friends, Are You Mad at Me?, Recognizing Conflict, Recognizing Bullying, Bodies and Bullying, Refusing and Reporting Bullying, Bystanders can Help, Taking Responsibility, Making It Happen, Maintaining a Safe, Respectful and Caring School Climate, & Community – Putting It Together. This is a research based program to help middle school students learn social skills and develop healthy mental and emotional well being.
Peer- Mediation – Rasco has a peer mediation program with trained 6th graders who facilitate team mediation for students in conflict. Students who are experiencing conflict may talk to their teacher, counselor or grade level administrator to participate in peer mediation as a peaceful approach to solve conflict.
Mentor Program – Rasco Middle School has a mentoring program for students who are in need of an positive adult role model or tutoring. A mentor is a caring adult who spends 30 minutes or more weekly with a student as a role model, advocate and friend. Mentors can support academic needs, but their primary role is to be an important, consistent adult presence in a child’s life. We also have adult tutors who work with students who are academically struggling. These tutors can support social and emotional needs but their primary role is to help a child improve academically. Training is provided to adult mentor and tutors.