A. R. Ware School Counseling 
    Mission Statement

    "The mission of Arthur R. Ware Elementary School is to facilitate student's success through meaningful learning experiences designed to develop and instill the skills necessary to become caring, responsible citizens, critical thinkers, and lifelong learners." As the school counselor I will work with families, administration, school staff and our community to advocate for the needs of our children at A.R. Ware Elementary School. As a team, we can create a supportive, community environment addressing children’s developmental needs as they face unique challenges in both school and life.

    What are school counselors?

    "Parents, the press, administrators and the general public often wonder just what it is that school counselors do on a daily basis. Gone are the days of school counselors sitting in their office simply handing out college applications, making schedule changes for students who want to drop a class or waiting for a crisis to occur. Today's school counselors are vital members of the education team. They help all students in the areas of academic achievement, career and social/emotional development, ensuring today's students become the productive, well-adjusted adults of tomorrow."- American School Counselor Association

    School counselors are people in the school that can and will listen when children or adults need to share. Our time is used to help children with things such as problem solving, naming and understanding feelings, self esteem, making friends, and learning to become responsible community members.


    What do school counselors do?

    School counselors spend time working individually with children and being a support for teachering staff in their dailly instruction. We also facilitate small groups addressing specific needs that arise for children. These groups provide a safe space for children to explore their struggles and emotions with others who can relate as well as support them as they work through said struggles. School Counselors provide monthly "guidance lessons" with each class on a varitey of topics to help them develop emotionally, socially and academically.  

    American School Counselor Association:   https://www.schoolcounselor.org/asca/media/asca/Careers-Roles/WhyElem.pdf 


     Will be offered/created based on the need. Some topics that are typically addressed are as follows:
    Separation and Divorce                       
    Grief and Loss
    Study Skills                      
    Anger Management                        
    Social Skills

    How do I speak with my school counselor?

    Students can be referred by parents, teachers, and administration or students can fill out a self-referral form and leave it in my box outside my door.   Sometimes children will catch me around the school and let me know they need to talk.  Parents can also call the school to speak with me at  (540)332-3938 or email me at afrancis@staunton.k12.va.us

Last Modified on August 6, 2018