Mrs. Pelzel’s Focus
Because S&S Elementary has a wide range of ages and developmental capabilities, my primary focus is split into two groups. At the lower elementary level (PK‐2), I focus on supporting children as they begin their educational career and help prepare them for future success.
- Develop basic skills needed to succeed in everyday life.
- Address academic and personal student concerns through prevention and intervention.
- Support parents and school personnel in helping every child achieve his or her individual potential.
At the upper elementary level (3‐5), I focus on helping students transition from childhood to adolescence.
- Teach pre‐social skills to provide students the tools needed to deal with both positive and negative peer relationships.
- Foster academic development by helping students increase organizational and study skills and by introducing higher order thinking skills.
Essential Functions of the S&S Elementary School Counselor
What does Mrs. Pelzel do?
Guidance Curriculum – According to the state Comprehensive Guidance Model, the elementary counseling program should allocate 40% of its time to guidance curriculum.
- Plan and implement the monthly Character Education Lessons.
- Conduct weekly “Circle of Friends” groups for students that are struggling in areas of self‐confidence, motivation to achieve, problem‐solving, social skills and difficulties at home.
- Conduct any other guidance lessons that are requested by teachers or administration.
- Coordinate Red Ribbon Week Activities
Responsive Services – According to the state Comprehensive Guidance Model, the elementary counseling program should allocate 30% of its time to responsive services.
- Meet individually or in a small group with students who are experiencing a crisis such as abuse, grief, family issues, harassment issues, and suicide prevention.
- Meet individually with students and teachers in order to establish and implement behavior intervention plans.
- Counsel with students in the areas of: grief, family issues, harassment issues, coping with stress, suicide prevention, relationship concerns, abuse concerns, academic concerns, and school‐related concerns.
- Report suspected child abuse or neglect to the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services.
- Work cooperatively with professional personnel and community resource personnel.
Individual Planning ‐ According to the state Comprehensive Guidance Model, the elementary counseling program should allocate 10% of its time to individual planning.
- Work with individual students to establish educational, career, and personal goals.
System Support ‐ According to the state Comprehensive Guidance Model, the elementary counseling program should allocate 20% of its time to system support.
- Administers and/or supervises the administration of testing for the Gifted and Talented program, ESL program, and 504 program.
- Administer testing to students that are recommended by the Response to Intervetion Team.
- Administer testing to students who are enrolling at S&S Elementary School from a nonaccredited institution or from a home‐school situation.
- Administer ADHD and depression screeners as requested by parents.
- Develop, implement, and evaluate the S&S Elementary guidance and counseling program.
- Work in conjunction with parents and school personnel to enhance the development of the student.
- Coordinate and advise teachers and parents of referral resources available beyond those that a school counselor can provide (i.e. outside agencies, Child Welfare, psychological assistance, medical assistance, etc.)
- Attend “Meet the Teacher” and “Open House.”
- Participate and coordinate all Section 504 meetings and all LPAC meetings. Participate in all Gifted and Talented meetings.
- Attend Admission, Review, and Dismissal (ARD) meetings when appropriate.
- Compile an At‐Risk list to be submitted to PEIMS.
- Serve on committees as requested: Campus Improvement Committee, Response to Intervention Committee, LPAC Committee, and 504 Committee.
- Work with middle school counselor to ease transition to middle school.