Mossy Creek Elementary School Counseling Office
Mrs. Shari Hooper is a professional school counselor. She wprked as a certified teacher from 1991-1998, and earned her master's degree in School Counseling in 1995. Both of our counselors are available for teachers, parents, and students to assist with any difficulties or problems that may interfere with school success. Students can be seen for small group counseling, and/or short term individual counseling at the request of the parents, teachers, or students.
The school counselor works collaboratively with parents, school professionals, and students to facilitate all students' academic, emotional, and social growth. It is the counselors' responsibility to identify and remove barriers that may impede academic achievement.
To refer your child for help from the counseling office, please email
SCHOOL PHONE:(803) 442-6090
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Best Times to Contact: 7:30 a.m.-3:00 p.m.
What Does the School Counselor Do??
CLASSROOM GUIDANCE LESSONS
All students at Mossy Creek Elementary have the opportunity to meet with their school counselor during classroom guidance lessons. These sessions focus on a specific issue that could negatively impact learning and/or social development and were designed around the American School Counselor Association Mindsets and Behaviors Model.
Some of the topics covered in these lessons are the following:
- Middle School Transitions
- Bullying Awareness/Prevention
- Personal Body Safety
- Career Awareness
- Internet Safety
- Identifying Feelings
- Growing Up Boys/Girls (4th/5th grade only)
Students at Mossy Creek Elementary are able to meet one-on-one with with school counselors to discuss issues that are affecting their academic success. In order to see the counselor, students may fill out an "I Need Help" request form OR teachers/parents other school staff refer students. The "I Need Help" forms are available in outside of the counseling office and also in 3rd, 4th, and 5th grade classrooms. School counselors use play therapy techniques such as drawing, games, sandbox, Legos, etc as a way to discuss school counseling goals as outlined by the American School Counselor Association. This includes helping students reach their academic, personal, social, and career potential.
Turtles Just Do It
These groups are designed for students who are underperforming in their academics. Students who have lower than average test scores or grades and who also are not receiving other services from ESOL, special education, or Reading Recovery. These groups are intended to advise students in their academics by covering topics related to school success. Topics may include, but are not limited to the following: stress management, goal setting, organization, motivation, learlning styles, listening, etc. In order for a student to participate in a small group, permission must be obtained by the parents. Most groups have 4-6 participants and are held during recess time one day each week. During group time, a vareity of instructional techniques and strategies are used such as the following: follow directions, drawing, role-playing, visualization, game play, practice, and independent activities. Groups meet in the fall and in the spring for 8-10 sessions, approximately 30 minutes.
Turtles on Track
These groups are designed for students experiencing common concerns such as friendship, family changes, grief/loss, managing frustration and stress, self management, etc. The counselor chooses to implement these groups when common themes emerge and their is a need. When the presenting concerns interfer with school success, learning, or academic performance, the counselor will choose to implement these groups for a period of 6-8 weeks for 20-30 minutes, depending on the grade level.
Friendship, conflict, new student issues and other minor, peer related concerns are often handled during the student lunch time or recess. Depending on the issue and the number of students involved, the counselor may determine that a "lunch bunch" meeting is necessary.
This group is for students who need help bouncing back from whatever issues are impeding their academic growth. These students have significant issues that are unique related to attendance difficulties, tardiness, behavior concerns, and/or other private, presenting problems. This group has the purpose of monitoring and tracking progress over time and celebrating small victories. The students in this group will meet weekely most of the fall semester. Another group will be offered in the Spring for different participants.
School Support Responsbilities
The School Counselor has a multi-faceted job with many responsbilities. Some of the responsibilities are listed below:
- Managing the parent volunteer trainings
- Creating twice monthly Counselor's Corner newsletter
- Manage the Relationship Building Committee and the School Counseling Advisory Committee.
- Maintain, promote, and manage the School Bullying Prevention program.
- Implement the Character Education program including Student of the Month photographs, awards, and Character Education bulletin boards
- Support and promote Positive Behavior Intervention System for MCE
- Select, manage, and monitor the Fifth Grade Bridge-Builders
The School Counselor must also attend staff and professional development regularly. Listed below are some of the trainings that Mrs. Hooper attended.
Child Advocacy Center-Stewards of Light, October 2015
- Suicide Risk and Assesment Training, January 2016
- Palmetto State School Counselor's Association Conference, January 2016, 2017, 2018
- Mandated Reporter Training, February 2016
- Tech Fest Presenters-Google Forms for Counselors, March 2016
- Care Ministry Resource Training, March 2016
- ASCA National Conference in Los Angelos, July 2018
- Carolyn Stone, Ethical Counseling, August 2017, ACPSD Professional Development
- Taylor Davis, Suicide Update/Assessment, March 2018, ACPSD Professional Development
- Karen Griffin, Effective Support Groups for the School Counselor, August 2018, ACPSD Professional Development