School Counseling Mission Statement:
The mission of the Pocahontas Elementary School Counseling Program, in accordance with the Powhatan County Public School's Mission, is to provide a safe environment allowing students to reach his/her fullest academic and personal/social potential. It is our belief that each student is a unique member of society and capable of achieving personal success. With this belief, school counselors utilize classroom, group, and individual counseling techniques in accordance with the Virginia Standards for School Counseling.
Counselor: Peggy Jenkins
Miss Jenkins received her Bachelor of Science Degree in Physical Education and Health Education from Longwood College in 1991 and a Master of Science Degree in School Counseling from Longwood University in 2002. She has eighteen years of experience as an educator which includes thirteen years as an elementary physical education instructor and five years as a school counselor. Miss Jenkins can be reached at 804-598-5730 ext. 117 or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Virginia Standards for School Counseling outline the curriculum covered during classroom guidance. The counselor presents approximately eight lessons a year to each classroom on topics in three general domains: academic, career, and personal/social.
Small group sessions will be offered throughout the year to support children going through similar challenges. Groups meet once a week for approximately six to eight weeks. Parents will receive notification of groups and will have the opportunity to register students for the group. Types of groups will be determined by the needs of the student population. Groups may include but not be limited to the following:
- Changing Families
- Social Skills
- Anger Management
- Girls' Group
Individual guidance is considered brief therapy or support. Students may request to see a counselor or parents and teachers may refer a student. If a student is in need of more extensive counseling for a longer duration, parents will be notified of the counselors' recommendation along with a list of available professional resources in the area.
Counselors are available to consult with teachers, parents, administrators, and other professionals to help ensure each child has a safe and positive learning environment. Counselors can be reached by phone, fax, letter, or e-mail. Counselors are not available to testify in child custody battles.
At Powhatan Elementary School we are: Respectful, Responsible, Safe
In accordance with the Powhatan County School Board Policy 6-27.1, parents have the option to limit or deny their child's participation in guidance programs. Should the choice to limit or opt-out be desired by parents, written notification must be provided to the school specifying the action desired. The notification may either be addressed to the school principal, the child's teacher, or to the school counselor.