Guidance Counselor: Counselors provide programming focusing on class placement, academic scheduling, college and career planning, and social/emotional needs. Examples of primary responsibilities include standardized testing, enrolling or withdrawing students, career presentations, BBT referrals, implementation of 504 plans, Midwest Academic Talent Search, and assist with scheduling for 8th to 9th grade.
Student Services Coordinator: Student Services Coordinators work with students who may have social/emotional concerns requiring that they be monitored on a more regular basis. SSCs facilitate weekly groups (social skills, self-esteem, etc.) and the Peer Mentor and Peer Tutor Programs. Other responsibilities include attendance, free and reduced lunch, assistance to families with financial need, and the 21st Century Scholars Program.
School Psychologist: The primary role of a School Psychologist is to collect data and consult with teachers as well as parents to assist in the determination of appropriate special education eligibility and interventions for struggling students. School Psychologists also support teachers with the creation of interventions or accommodations for any student struggling academically, emotionally or behaviorally at school. At times, the School Psychologist consults with families or outside agencies to assist in the collection of data, brainstorm home supports, or coordinate home, school, and agency interventions. Students sometimes need a safe individual to listen when their emotional state does not allow attention to the academic tasks presented in the classroom. School Psychologists open their doors to these students and help them process their problems and plan goals to promote positive behaviors.
Guidance Counselors and Student Services Coordinators share the following duties:Bullying and harassment presentations in classrooms, PARing case conferences, transitioning students from 5th to 6th grade, lunch duty, parent and student meetings, coordination of ISTEP testing, Building Based Team members (BBT), PBIS Committee, and Crisis Team.