Katy Sparkman, Birch elementary counselor

Melissa Newton

Birch Elementary Counselor 


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What does a School Counselor do?

  • Work with all students to encourage a safe school climate of trust and respect.
  • Deliver classroom lessons that focus on character traits.
  • Facilitate small groups
  • Meet individually with students to do brief, solution-focused counseling.
  • Help students who are struggling to make positive behavior choices.
  • Collaborate with parents/guardians, teachers, support staff, and administration.
  • maintain confidentiality of students and their families unless there is a need to know or safety concern

Tips for a Successful Year!

  • Study a little every night.
  • Keep your backpack and desk organized.
  • Create a quiet space at home for doing your homework.
  • Avoid sugar in the morning to enhance concentration.
  • Eat a healthy breakfast to fuel your brain and feel energized instead of tired.
  • Exercise daily for an alert mind and stress free body.
  • Allow yourself to make mistakes.
  • Have a positive mindset.
  • Say please and thank you always.
  • Make to-do lists.
  • Limit time with technology.
  • Find a study partner.
  • Hold yourself to a high standard.
  • Give more than you take.
  • Always eat lunch. Eating in the middle of the day maintains a healthy mind and body.
  • Try new things. Be courageous and kind.