Developing a Comprehensive School Counseling Program

To identify the programs and services that would meet the needs of our students,  a data analysis of behavior, attendance, and academic records from last year were collected to assist in the development of a comprehensive school counseling program along with needs assessments.  Topics for the monthly classroom lesson plans and small groups were identified from the data analysis.

  School Counseling Curriculum
"The school counseling core curriculum consists of a planned, written instructional program that is comprehensive in scope, preventative in nature, and developmental in design." (ASCA, 2012, p. 85).  
               School-Wide Guidance Curriculum and Programs
Character Education Word of the Month.  A new character trait will be introduced at the beginning to each month to help students learn which behaviors can fill someone's bucket.  Students who exemplify the character word of the month will wear the "Cougar of the Month" t-shirt for the day.  A group photograph of all students will be posted by the character word in the cafeteria.  The monthly character words are:

Honesty - Being truthful in what you say and do.



Self-Control - Having control over your actions, words

and feelings.



Courage - Doing the right thing in the face of difficulty.
Compassion - Caring for others with kindness.
Caring - showing concern for the well-being of others.

Respect - Treating others with courtesy.  Having control over one’s actions.  



 Tolerance - Accepting differences and the uniqueness of others.


 Integrity - Always doing the right thing even when no one else is watching.  



Responsibility - Taking ownership of what you say and do.


 Citizenship - Being loyal to your school, community, and country.

Attendance.  Coming to school every day AND arriving to school o time cannot be over-emphasized.  Studies have indicated that chronic absences have a negative impact on learning.  Students miss important instruction time and lag academically when they are chronically absent.  If a student is sick (fever of 101 or higher) he/she should not come to school. Several  activities and reward incentives will be implemented throughout the school year to encourage students to come to school every day.  
September is National Attendance Awareness Month.  Schools across the country are participating in activities to encourage the habit of not only coming to school every day, but also arriving to school on time.
Attendance Spirit Week is September 9-13, 2019.
Monday - Cape Day (Wear your favorite cape)
You are "capable" to come to school on time every day!
Tuesday - Incredibles or wear red
It's "incredible" how much we learn when we come to school every day!
Wednesday - Superheroes
Save the day by scheduling appointments after school!
Thursday - Joker or wear green or purple
Missing school is no joke!
Friday - College Sports Day (College colors)
Building Strong Attendance habits from elementary to college makes you a superhero!
October 28 - November 1, 2019 - National Red Ribbon Week 
Monday - Love Yourself.  Be Drug Free!  (wear red)
Tuesday -  Mulberry Creek is Drug Free (MCE spirit wear)
Wednesday - Don't let Drugs pollute your mind! (Wear Green)
Thursday - Sporting the Drug Free Lifestyle.  (Wear your favorite sports team colors.)
Friday -  Kids with strong character say "no" to drugs.  Dress as your favorite storybook character.
Second Step Program
The Harris County School Board approved the purchase of the Second Step Program.  THANK YOU!  This program was selected based upon school data (disciple referrals, counseling referrals and teacher needs assessments).  The effectiveness of this program is well-documented in published studies for the past 20 years.
Second Step teaches students strategies to manage their emotions, and in the development of problem solving and critical thinking skills.  Using the Second Step curriculum has been shown to decrease problem behaviors, and it’s designed to promote school success, self-regulation, and a sense of safety and support.  This program will be used during classroom lessons for students in first through fourth grade and in small group counseling.  Classroom lessons for PK and Kindergarten were created with a developmental approach using multiple resources.
STEAM Career Day - March 27, 2020

Career exploration will be provided through classroom lessons prior to our annual STEM Career Fair, which will be held on April 9, 2019. 

Dream Makers Career Photos - March 25, 2020

What is your child's career choice?  Fireman?  Doctor?  Judge? Veterinarian?  DreamMaker Kids will be here to take career photos of students.  They will supply the career outfits and backdrop for the perfect photo.  Order forms will be sent home prior to picture day.

Month of the Military Child 
Each year, April is set aside as a military child appreciation month, officially know as the Month of the Military Child. With its start in the mid-1980s, the Pentagon and other military support organizations and agencies use the month to recognize military kids for their sacrifice and bravery on the home front. 
During the week of April 13-17, 2020, MCE will celebrate our military students.
Monday - Go Army!  Wear green or camo.
Tuesday - Remembering Everyone Deployed.  Wear red.
Wednesday - Go Air Force! Navy!  Wear blue.
Thursday - Go Marines!  Go Coast Guard!  Go Reserves! 
                  Wear red, white & blue.  
Friday - Purple Up! for military kids.  Purple is the color for military kids because when you mix the colors of each military branch and the Coast Guard, you get the color purple.
                     Direct Services to Students
Throughout the school year, school counseling services are delivered to students through classroom lessons, small group counseling and individual counseling.
Classroom Lessons 
Core curriculum is delivered through classroom lessons because it reaches
all students at Mulberry Creek.  Classroom lessons are provided once a month to 27 classrooms (534 students) during Specials in the Media Center.
Small Group Counseling
Small group counseling provides a supportive environment for students experiencing commonly shared concerns, such as: study skills, self-esteem, friendship, grief, family changes, or social skills.  Programs for small groups will be identified through school data and/or needs assessments, parent or teacher referrals. These groups will be offered at various times during the school year for students.​  A parent permission form will be sent home to inform the parent about the group and to obtain permission for their child to participate.
Individual Counseling
Individual counseling is available for students anytime throughout the school year.  Referrals are made by parents, teachers, administrators and students themselves regarding a variety of concerns, such as divorce, behavior, friendships, anger management, etc. 
Parents may contact Dr. Harnois, by phone, email or sending a note through your child's teacher.  Additionally, the counselor is greeting parents and students every morning in front of the Library, so please feel free to say "hello".
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