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Mrs. Martin
School Counselor 508-660-7234 ext. 1139


 Five Point Scale

This year the staff are incorporating more of the Social Thinking concepts by Michelle Garcia Winner.  Last year the students were introduced to the concepts of Expected vs Unexpected behavior,social behavior mappingbeing a social detective, and the 5 point scale for emotions.  This year, school wide, we are using the 5 point voice scale (see example below).  While walking in the halls and when a teacher is talking, the students' voices should be at a 1.  In the cafeteria the students' voices can be at a 3 or below.  Everyone, with the help of our amazing teachers, is doing a great job with this new concept!  Try it at home for reinforcement!

5 pt scale

The Role of the School Counselor (American School Counseling Association):
The elementary years are a time when students begin to develop their academic self-concept and their feelings of competence and confidence as learners. They are beginning to develop decision-making, communication and life skills, as well as character values. It is also a time when students develop and acquire attitudes toward school, self, peers, social groups and family. Comprehensive developmental school counseling programs provide education, prevention and intervention services, which are integrated into all aspects of children’s lives. Early identification and intervention of children’s academic and personal/social needs is essential in removing barriers to learning and in promoting academic achievement. The knowledge, attitudes and skills that students acquire in the areas of academic, career and personal/social development during these elementary years serve as the foundation for future success.

Julie Martin 508-660-7234 ext. 1139


A Note About Confidentiality (from ASCA):

Counselors have a responsibility to protect private information received through confidential relationships with students and private information they receive about students from parents or guardians, professionals outside of schools and other school staff members. Professional school counselors inform students of the limits of confidentiality such as the possible necessity for consulting with other professionals, privileged communication, and legal or authoritative restraints.Additional exceptions to keeping private information gained in counseling relationships with students include disclosing information to parents, guardians or others when school counselors determine that students may be at risk for harming self or others. The meaning and limits of confidentiality are defined in developmentally appropriate terms to students. Professional school counselors consult with appropriate professionals when in doubt as to the validity of an exception and for the benefit of the students they counsel.