During the month of December 2016, the elementary guidance counselors gave presentations to all Kindergarten through 4th grade classes, at Athol Community Elementary School, on the Character Theme of Cheerful. The counselors also presented skills to students for respecting human diversity, using art activities, music videos, and information on snowflakes. In addition, students loved singing and dancing to the music video Happy by Pharrell Williams, as a way to express their Cheerful feelings to each other in December.
Students in Mrs. Beaulac’s 4th Grade Class create snowflakes, as part of Mrs. Schwab’s Classroom Guidance presentation on respecting diversity. Students discussed human differences such as skin color, religion, favorite school subjects, favorite after school activities, as well as human similarities, including the fact that we all breathe, we all have a heart that beats, and we all feel hurt and sad if someone says mean words, or does hurtful actions to us.
Students in Mrs. Patriquin’s 1st Grade Class learned about human differences including skin color, race, religion, culture, and we learned to respect each other’s differences with kindness. Students also danced and sang to the music video Happy by Pharrell Williams, at the end of the Classroom Guidance presentation, as a way to learn about the December Character Theme of Cheerful. Mrs. Schwab used the SMART board technology in the classroom to access the song. This music video has become a fast favorite, and constant request by students in the school. Using music videos, dance, singing and movement, allows students to access the Elementary Classroom Guidance Curriculum using various learning styles.
Mrs. Schwab, Elementary Guidance Counselor, read the book, Happy, by Mies Van Hout to Mrs. Arpide’s 2nd Grade Class, as a way to study feelings, and learn about the Character Theme of Cheerful during December. Students then drew pictures on black construction paper with oil pastels of fish feeling all different kinds of feelings. Students learned that we need to respect each other’s feelings, our human differences, and treat each other with kindness and cheerfulness. The students’ drawings are now on display in the first floor display case to the left of the ACES GYM.
More students from Mrs. Arpide’s 2nd Grade class, with pictures of fish feeling different feelings. Mrs. Allen, Paraprofessional Specialist is shown with the students. A fun, learning filled time was had by all!
Pictured above from left to right are: Rachel Schwab, Elementary Guidance Counselor, RCS and ACES, Linda Jaskoviak, Elementary Guidance Counselor, ACES, Samantha Englehart, School Adjustment Counselor.
September 8, 2016 ~ The ARRSD Elementary Counselors visited with students and families at ACES Open House at their table in the ACES Cafeteria. They handed out their Elementary Guidance and Counseling Department brochure to families. Parents/guardians were also able to take brochures on the ages and stages of child development at the counselors’ table. A fun time was had by all! Samantha is a new staff member of the Athol-Royalston Regional School District. Welcome Samantha!
Talking About Touch Instructors Help RCS Students Learn About Personal Safety
The month of April 2016, has been a busy month for Rachel Schwab, Guidance Counselor. During April and May, Mrs. Schwab hosted and introduced instructors at Royalston Community School, who visited Kindergarten through 3rd grade classes to teach the Talking About Touch Curriculum, published by the Committee for Children, Seattle, Washington. Mrs. Schwab introduced these instructors who are from various local community agencies, including Amanda Mankowsky, CHART Grant Coordinator for Riverbend-Sanders Street School, and Pleasant Street School, Heather Bialecki-Canning, Executive Director of the North Quabbin Community Coalition, Kena Vescovi, Executive Director of Valuing Our Children, Jennifer Dejardins, Athol CHART Project Manager, and other instructors. Each of the four RCS classrooms are receiving four 30 minute classroom lessons with Talking About Touch instructors. Students learn about how to be safe when they are near a stranger, the “always ask my parent/guardian first rule,” before visiting a neighbor’s house, and the difference between safe/good touch such as a hug, and not safe touch, and which grownups to talk to if a child needs help with any of these issues. Rachel Schwab and RCS are very grateful for the donation of time and effort to our school by our local community Talking About Touch instructors!
Rachel Schwab, Elementary Guidance Counselor for the Athol-Royalston Regional School District, Receives MASCA: Massachusetts School Counselor Tribute Award
Athol~On April 4, 2016, Rachel Schwab, Elementary Guidance Counselor, received a MASCA: Massachusetts School Counselor Association Tribute Award at the Annual Massachusetts School Counselor Association Spring Conference, in Boxborough, MA. at the MASCA President’s Dinner. Rachel Schwab, pictured on the right in this photo, received the award from Helen O’Donnell, a MASCA Past President and present MASCA Vice President, pictured on the left. Rachel Schwab is the Vice President of the Franklin Hampshire Guidance Association. Mrs. Schwab received this award in recognition of nineteen years of service to the Athol-Royalston Regional School District, and for being the Co-Chairperson of the Annual Summit of Peacemakers: School Peer Mediators Conference, for sixteen years, held at Hampshire College in Amherst, Massachusetts. Mrs. Schwab attended school counseling workshops at the MASCA Conference on April 4th and 5th, 2016, with over three hundred school counselors from Massachusetts. Mrs. Schwab is the Elementary Guidance Counselor for Pleasant Street School in Athol, and Royalston Community School, in Royalston.
“Counselors Make a Difference Every day!” MASCA: Massachusetts School Counselors Association Annual Spring Conference, Boxborough, Massachusetts, April 4th and 5th, 2016
Mrs. Schwab attended the MASCA workshop on: School Counselors Help Students Prepare for College and Career Readiness in Massachusetts at the MASCA: Massachusetts School Counselors Association Conference, in Boxborough, Massachusetts, April 4 and 5, 2016
Mrs. Schwab teaches Kindergarten through 6th Grade Classes about National Bullying Prevention Month at Royalston Community School
October 2015~ October is National Bullying Prevention Month. Mrs. Schwab, Guidance Counselor, has been teaching Classroom Guidance lessons to all classes at Royalston Community School during the month of October. She put a chart poster up in 3rd – 6th grade classes with the Massachusetts Bullying Prevention Law on it. She explained to classes what kinds of behaviors are kind, and which behaviors are hurtful and not allowed at school. Mrs. Schwab read the book Spaghetti In A Hot Dog Bun, By Maria Dismondy, to Mrs. Hoegen’s 2nd Grade class, which teaches children to respect each other’s differences. The main character in the book, Lucy, learns to do a “good tell” to her grandfather when a boy named Ralph teases her about what she eats for lunch, and about her beautiful red, curly hair. Then Lucy reaches out to help Ralph when he gets stuck on the monkey bars. Lucy learns that it’s important to stand up for yourself and get adult help in school, and at home, if a student is teasing you. The 2nd grade class did Turn and Talks about the book, and brainstormed kind and not kind behaviors. Parents and Guardians can contact Mrs. Schwab at RCS on Tuesdays and Thursdays at (978) 249-2900, or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org
Mrs. Schwab brainstormed the 2nd grade students’ ideas about Kind Behaviors that we need to do in school vs. Unkind or Mean Behaviors that we should not do at school.
Mrs. Schwab is pictured here reading the book, Spaghetti in a Hot Dog Bun: Having the Courage to Be Who You Are, By Maria Dismondy, to Mrs. Hoegen’s 2nd Grade class at Royalston Community School on Thursday, October 22, 2015.
Rachel Schwab and Linda Jaskoviak are the elementary guidance counselors for the Athol-Royalston Regional School District.
Mrs. Jaskoviak and Mrs. Schwab are counselors for the Athol Community elementary School (ACES) and the Royalston Community School (RCS).
GUIDANCE REFERRAL PROCESS:
Parents/guardians can refer their child(ren) for guidance and counseling services, by calling their child’s school, and asking to speak with the guidance counselor. If the counselor is not available, please leave a message for your child’s guidance counselor, with your name, phone number, or contact information.
Students can ask to talk to the guidance counselor, by asking their classroom teacher to contact the guidance counselor in their school.