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About me: I am Jenny Solomon, DeSoto Central Elementary's school counselor. I graduated from the University of Memphis and began working as a behavior tech in DeSoto County schools. I loved working with special needs and served in several of the county's schools. I then earned my master's degree in counseling from the Univeristy of Mississippi and am happy to be part of the DCE team!

 

The counseling program helps to ensure that students are successful in school.  I collaborate with teachers, administration, and parents to address social, emotional, and academic needs with students as needed.  I work one-on-one with students, conduct small groups, and see each class monthly for a classroom counseling lesson. Please ask your students about the classroom discussions!

 For the 2016-2017 school year, we will be using Chicken Soup's Hallway Heroes program in classroom counseling for many of our lessons. We are able to do this thanks to the Tanger Kids Grant. 

 

How Can I Help My Child Be Successful in School?

1. Read EVERYDAY! You can read to your child or have your child read to you. Either way,READ!

2.  Create a consistent after-school routine. Help your child study and complete their homework.

3.  Be POSITIVE! Always speak positively about school, learning, and your child’s teacher.

4.  Encourage! Give your child the opportunity to excel in all areas of their academics.

5. Be sure that your child is getting plenty of rest each night and is ready for school each day.

6.  Teach your child to be responsible for their actions and to take pride in all they do!

7.  Stay INVOLVED! Make it a point to ask your child about their day.

8.       Communicate. Please know you can contact your child’s teacher with any questions or concerns.

 

 

Individual Counseling

I work with students one-on-one to discuss sensitive issues such as relationship and personal concerns. Students are referred by their parent, teacher, or self. Students come to my room to talk about things that impact their learning at school, such as friendships, study skills, and self-esteem. In my room, students can feel free to talk about what worries them and to ask questions. 

Small group counseling

 Small group counseling sessions are offered to provide additional services to children with common needs or concerns. Small groups are beneficial for students because it allows them to share their thoughts and feelings with other peers their age.  In the elementary level, topics of small groups may include friendships, peer pressure, grief, changing families, etc.  (Sink, 2005).  The ultimate goal of small group counseling is to provide students with the opportunity to learn more about and work through such things as interpersonal issues, to develop strategies and skills to positively impact their school achievement and to increase appropriate social interaction skills.  This includese "lunch bunch" groups that I conduct throughout the school year.

 Classroom counseling

Teachers sign their entire class up for one 45-minute class each month. Below is the classroom counseling lesson schedule:

August- setting S.M.A.R.T. goals

September- Making and keeping friends

October- Bullying prevention

November- Study and organizational skills

December- Identifying and expressing feelings

January- Conflict resolution

February- Self-esteem

March- Stress management

April- Career Awareness and a special lesson for the fifth grade: Transitioning to Middle School

 

Confidentiality

Whatever your child shares with me is considered confidential information.  Only in the following circumstances would I be required to release confidential information:

 

• If the child gives serious indications that she/he is likely to harm self or others.

• If the child indicates she/he is being abused or is in danger.

• If a court order is given.  

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