The Guidance & Counseling Program at PLES
Is coordinated by Cherrie Taylor, a professional counselor with a Masters degree in educational counseling committed to helping all our students enjoy school and be successful. Click on the counselor's name to send her an email: Cherrie Taylor
A Message from the School Counselor
Dear Parmer Lane Family, I am looking forward to another great year as the counselor at Parmer Lane Elementary School. I really love helping kids be successful in school, and I have the belief that each child is unique and precious. When I am not at school, I enjoy reading, gardening, doing crafts, and spending time with my family. If you ever have any questions or concerns, then please give me a call at 512-594-4026. I look forward to helping you help your children.
Estimada familia de Parmer Lane, Mi nombre es Cherrie Taylor, y estoy muy emocionada de empezar un nuevo año escolar como la consejera de la Escuela Elemental de Parmer Lane. Yo hablo y entiendo un poquito de Español. Me encanta ayudar a los niños a triunfar en la escuela creo que cada niño es único y valioso. Cuando no estoy en la escuela, me gusta la lectura, la jardinería, la artesanía, y pasar tiempo con mi familia. Si usted tiene una pregunta o problema, no dude en llamar a la oficina de la escuela at 512-594-4000 para pedir mi ayuda.
The Counselor’s Commitment
I promise to…
Compassionately and confidentially counsel children about their choices with
Self-confidence and self-control in an
Ethical and empowering way through reflective
Counseling Services at Parmer Lane Elementary
The guidance & counseling program serves students in the following ways:
Conferences are held with parents, teachers, and administrators to facilitate development of appropriate services for students.
Lessons are presented in the classroom to promote: responsible, respectful, & safe behavior, self-confidence; motivation to achieve; stress management; study, social, & decision-making skills; and goal setting. Guidance lessons support the PISD College & Career Readiness plan.
Referrals are made by staff, parents, or students themselves. The counselor meets with children to understand their needs, give support and constructive suggestions to address immediate concerns. Individual school counseling is a short term intervention.
Upon request of teachers or parents, some children meet in S.O.S. (Strengthening Sense Of Self) groups with the counselor and use role-play, art, games, and discussion to achieve individual goals through group support and positive reinforcement. Group sessions are structured to help students learn and practice important skills from the following topics.
>Self-Care and Acceptance
Trained 5th grade student mediators help resolve disputes between their peers under direct supervision of the school counselor. Mediation enables students to:
· talk out a problem confidentially and safely without getting in trouble
· tell their side and be listened to with respect
· brainstorm fight-free solutions and make a plan.
Any student can get help with requesting a mediation meeting from their teacher or a lunch room monitor. Tickets to mediation are available in the school cafeteria.
Leading Educators Assisting Pupils serve as mentors to students by spending a minimum of 30 minutes a week with them. Mentors help set and reinforce goals to increase self-esteem and academic success. In addition, the school counselor leads group activities after school twice a month for mentors and mentees to strengthen their relationship.
Best Effort Leopards
Students in grades 1st through 5th showing consistent effort to do their best work and learn as much as they can, are recognized each grading period by the school counselor as Best Effort Leopards. Their names are posted on a bulletin board by the main office, announced on morning announcements, and given an award at semester award ceremonies.
Evaluation For Advanced Academics
The Counselor conducts evaluations for Credit By Exam which enables students to advance a grade level, and the Gifted and Talented Program which provides opportunities to participate in enrichment, extension and acceleration as determined by individual need.
Evaluation for Section 504
The school counselor is responsible for evaluating students for Section 504 which is a part of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 that prohibits discrimination based upon disability. Section 504 is an anti-discrimination, civil rights statute that requires the needs of students with disabilities to be met as adequately as the needs of the non-disabled are met. Each child's needs are determined individually. Determination of what is appropriate for each child is based on the nature of the disabling condition and what that child needs in order to have an equal opportunity to compete when compared to the non-disabled. There is no guarantee of A's or B's or even that the student will not fail. Students are still expected to produce. The ultimate goal of education for all students, with or without disabilities, is to give students the knowledge and compensating skills they will need to be able to function in life after graduation.
School supplies from the community "For The Children" school supply donation drive are distributed to families of students that are on the Free or Reduced School Lunch Program during the Meet The Teacher event at the beginning of each school year.
The school counselor and school nurse connect families with financial need to community programs that provide support for Thanksgiving and Christmas family
COMMUNITY SERVICE OPPORTUNITY
Looking for a fun and rewarding service opportunity?
Our School Counselor is recruiting volunteers to serve as mentors to students. Spending a minimum of 30 minutes a week one-on-one with a student can increase self-esteem and academic success. National research shows that it is important for our youth to have at least three non-parent adults whom they can trust. Without this adult support, young people are more likely to engage in risk-taking behaviors. Activities that mentors participate in with students depend on their age and interests, the mentor’s talents and availability, as well as the time of year. Some suggested activities are:
>Eat lunch together
>Select library books & read together
>Set goals and check progress
>Play cards or board games, or practice sports skills
>Practice math facts flashcards
>Prepare a science project
>Write a story or draw pictures
>Assist student with a service learning activity such as shelving library books
>Attend class parties, assemblies, Science Fair, Field Day, etc.
>Participate in monthly after school group activity for mentors & mentees
As with all our school district’s volunteer opportunities, an application and consent to a background check is required and can be accessed at the Pflugerville ISD website. Please contact our school counselor if you would be interested in serving as a mentor to a student this school year. A brief training session is provided at the volunteer’s convenience.
As a mentor you can be a part of helping young people overcome adversity, succeed in school, and become community leaders!