HAGERSTOWN, MD (January 25, 2006) – Counselors in Washington County Public Schools will be saluted during National School Counseling Week, sponsored by the American School Counselor Association (ASCA), from February 6 – 10, 2006. The theme for the week is Changing Lives; Building Futures. According to the ASCA, school counselors at all grade levels have a greater impact on students than ever before, helping them achieve success in school, and to become responsible, productive members of their communities.
In Washington County, school counselors are certified, experienced professionals who hold advanced degrees in guidance and counseling. Maintaining certification involves on-going professional development to stay current with education reform and the challenges facing today’s students.
“School counselors play a critical part in helping students to achieve,” according to WCPS Acting Supervisor of Guidance Services Cheryl Mitchell-Jones. “WCPS counselors are dedicated, student oriented and extremely passionate about their role as school counselors. With the many challenges facing students, the support and guidance of our counselors is needed now more than ever.” Counselors’ responsibilities range from individual and group counseling, to monitoring attendance, behaviors and grades, to assisting students with appropriate class placement, and facilitating conferences.”
Individual schools will be recognizing counselors and creating awareness of the value and work of school counselors during the week’s observance. Counselors will be honored at the Student Services Summit at the Four Points/Sheraton, Hagerstown, on Monday, February 9, 2006.