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  • About

    • The guidance and school counseling program at Mercerville Elementary focuses on encouraging student growth by emphasizing all students unique qualities and potential. To meet all student's academic, social, emotional, and career exploration needs, many different services are provided throughout the school year. These include guidance lessons, individual counseling, group counseling, consultation, coordination of services, and school wide programs, and assemblies.
  • Services Provided

    • Individual Counseling: Students are able to talk to me about any issues or problems which could include: problems with friends, feelings/emotions, grief and loss, family issues, etc. Sessions are confidential unless a student brings up subject matter relating to being abused/hurt, is hurting or thinking of hurting someone else, or is hurting or thinking of hurting themselves. In addition, it should be noted that individual counseling provided by school counselors is not as frequent or intense as counseling provided outside of the school. If you would like help finding an appropriate outside counselor, agency, or mental health provider for your child or family, please do not hesitate to contact me.
       
    • Classroom Guidance Lessons: All classes within the school will receive around 6-12 counseling lessons throughout the school year, in addition to assemblies and special programs. The lessons focus on academic, personal/social, and career development. Under the Classroom Guidance Topic section, you can see all classroom guidance lesson topics by month.
    • Group Counseling: “Lunch Bunch" groups are provided to all grade levels at different times throughout the year. Each group consists of 5-8 students and lasts for about 6-8 weeks. The groups are based on specific student needs but may include themes such as making friends, dealing with divorce, or anger management.
    • Consultation: Consultation is an important part of helping students succeed in the education setting. Meetings with the counselor may be requested to discuss any concerns regarding students. I will work with you, teachers, administrators, the Child Study team, I&RS team, Crisis Team, etc. to ensure students are receiving the help they need to be successful at Mercerville. 
  • Classroom Guidance Topics

    • Each month I focus on a different skill or topic that I address with each grade. The lessons for each grade are unique, and tailored to the ages, developmental stages, and specific  needs of the students in each class. Each month's topic is as follows:

    • September: School Success Skills
    • October: Bullying, Building Good Character
    • November: Emotions
    • December: Self-Esteem
    • January: Goal Setting
    • February: Friendship
    • March: Conflict Resolution 
    • April: Diversity and tolerance
    • May: Career Exploration and Community Helpers
    • June: Review of guidance topics addressed throughout the year

Guidance

  • Harassement, Intimidation, and Bullying (HIB) District Information

    H.T.S.D. Anti-Bullying Coordinator (elementary)- Jay A. Morris, Director of Elementary Education, email: jmorris@hamilton.k12.nj.us
    phone: 609-631-4100 ext 3048
      

    Mercerville Elementary Anti Bullying Specialist- Lauren DeBlasio  

    ***Please contact me if you suspect bullying is occurring at Mercerville Elementary