Parent Orientation Letter 2013-2014
Forest Hill Elementary Guidance and Counseling Program
I would like to inform you about a very important program at Forest Hill that provides service to your child and your family. By helping to remove barriers, the Guidance and Counseling Program at Forest Hill works to insure that your child has the most successful school year possible. Some of the services offered by the school counselor are large and small group counseling, individual counseling, parent and staff consultation, and referrals to community agencies. The school counselor is trained to address the normal developmental problems of childhood and to recognize more serious issues that call for referral. If you have a question, or believe that the counselor could be of service to your family, please do not hesitate to call for an appointment (221-1270) or stop by the school office to see if I am available. I hope to meet each of you soon.
An important goal of the Guidance Department is to help your child develop positive character traits that will help them become successful learners and productive citizens. A strong emphasis is placed on the Six Pillars of Character, universal traits recognized by the Josephson Institute of Ethics. These six traits, trustworthiness, respect, responsibility, fairness, caring, and citizenship, is the framework around which guidance lessons are developed for your children. To learn more about Six Pillars and the Josephson Institute, go to http://www.charactercounts.org/. Other topics developed by the counselor are study skills, socialization skills, drug education, and career awareness.
Two incentives sponsored by the Guidance Department are the T.R.R.F.C.C. Kids Character Log and T.R.R.F.C.C. Kids Character Club. Both incentives recognize students demonstrating good character. Students that sign the log receive a CHARACTER COUNTS flag pencil. Students selected by their teachers for the monthly club receive a T-Shirt that can be worn as a regular part of the school uniform and their pictures are displayed on the school website. I will be visiting your child's class to tell them about these incentives.
Please call on me when I can help. I look forward to meeting with you.
Sandra Huey, School Counselor