Hi, my name is Mrs. Williams-Eley. I am looking forward to working with you and your wonderful children this year. Please take a moment to review our counseling services. If I can assist you in anyway, please do not hesitate to contact me at 301-929-2002 or by e-mail at Amy_R_Williams-Eley@mcpsmd.org.
The school counselor will provide a comprehensive counseling program addressing the academic, career, and personal/social development needs of all students in a safe, nurturing environment.
Rock View’s Counseling Program
Rock View has a comprehensive developmental counseling program. It is designed to support students through direct counseling services and the management of programs that strengthen the positive learning environment. All counseling related services facilitate the social/emotional growth of students in the areas of; self-awareness, relationship skills, social awareness, self-management and responsible decision making.
One-on-one short term counseling support is available for all students in grades K - 5. This support is intended to address specific emotional, behavioral or social concerns. Students may self-refer or be referred by a staff member or parent. If you feel your child would benefit from speaking with the counselor, please contact me either by e-mail at Amy_R_Williams-Eley@mcpsmd.org or by phone at 301-929-2002.
Small group counseling is offered to students to further support their personal and social development. Small groups give students the opportunity to have additional social-emotional learning experiences. In the small group setting, students are provided with an opportunity to try new skills, to express themselves in a supportive environment, and to benefit from the support of group members.
Based on the needs of the school, the following groups may be offered this spring.
Friendship- Children need the acceptance and support of their peers. The friendship group is intended for students who would like to work on strengthen their friendship skills. The group will focus on recognizing qualities that make a good friend, developing skills that help people connect and communicate better with others and learning strategies that can help when problems occur.
School Success Skills- Being successful in school is the foundation of a student’s future. The school success skills group will strengthen skills that facilitate achievement. Depending on the specific needs of the group, the focus may be on listening and attending, organization, study tips, homework tips, test taking tips or attitude.
Self-Concept- Building and maintaining a positive self-concept is important for being a happy, productive person. In this group students will appreciate their strengths and the things they can do well. They will also develop positive thoughts and skills to handle difficult situations.
Anger Control- Intended for students who would like to work on managing their angry feelings in a positive way. The group will explore the triggers of their anger and then build the skills to handle these situations more effectively.
If there is a particular group you believe your child would benefit from participating in, please call me at 301-929-2002 or e-mail me at Amy_R_Williams-Eley@mcpsmd.org . All groups are voluntary.
Classroom Guidance Lessons
Classroom guidance lessons are provided to students through their homerooms. Skills and competencies outlined in the MCPS Student Counseling Standards are taught. This year our focus is on problem solving skills, empathy and developing effective interpersonal communication skills.
Students at Rock View participate in class meetings on a regular basis with their homeroom teachers. The meetings are designed to build relationships, trust and solve issues that may arise in the classroom.
Advantages of class meetings:
- Students and teachers get to know one another better
- Gives each child a sense of belonging , community and self-worth
- Increases respect and understanding
- Each child has an opportunity to share. It allows quiet voices to be heard
- Promotes integration into the group/prevents exclusion
The Character Education program at Rock View is based on the Character Counts Program. We have also included the trait of moral courage as an area of focus. Every morning the trait of the month is discussed and a related quote, challenge or reflective question is read. Students also recite the “Personal Best” School Creed. Our Wall of Fame is based on outstanding character. Our principal, Ms. Alexander holds a lunch bunch for the Wall of Fame recipients. Students are also recognized for deeds of outstanding character with a character kudos. The kudos are read and discussed in the morning announcements and displayed on a bulletin board.
Peer Mediation is a program open to our fifth grade students. Peer Mediators have been trained by the counselor in conflict resolution skills and operate under her supervision. In a mediation, peer mediators guide students through a problem solving process that enables them to find a solution to their conflict. The process is confidential and non-judgmental. It enables students to take a leadership role in helping their fellow peers.
Best Buddies is a fun program that provides mainstream students and special needs students with an opportunity to connect, play, and develop friendships during monthly school activities. Children with disabilities are often excluded from society because of their differences. Best Buddies helps to end this social isolation by establishing meaningful, lasting one-to-one friendships with their non-disabled peers. These friendships help increase self-esteem, confidence and the abilities of people with and without intellectual disabilities.
Incentive and recognition programs
Star jar party- The Star Jar is a school-wide incentive program that rewards positive behaviors. Students are given a stars when they exhibit targeted behaviors. Students have multiple opportunities to “earn” stars throughout the school day. Every other Friday, we have a “Star Jar” party where one student from each class is picked out of their jar.
Character Kudos- Students are recognized and reinforced for displaying behaviors that reflect the character traits. The kudos are written by staff members, read over the announcements and displayed in the school.
In this program selected students are matched with a staff member. They meet together once a week during non-academic times. The purpose of the program is to build the child’s self-esteem and confidence. These two factors are linked to high expectations and academic success. In these meetings they may play games, read books, and work on academics or just talk. Children who participate in this program have the opportunity to have additional support from a caring adult at school.
Problem Solving and Conflict Resolution Strategies
Lower Elementary Problem Solving Model
Upper Elementary Problem Solving ModelWin –Win Guidelines