The vision for Boulder Valley School District (BVSD) Counselors is to optimize school success for all students in the academic, career, and personal/social domains. This will be accomplished through a Comprehensive School Counseling Program. Therefore, a counselor's role will be:
- To provide curriculum in the areas of academic success, career development and life skills.
- To teach, promote and model the New Century Graduate skills.
- To advocate for ALL students.
- To promote district and school goals such as achievement, cultural diversity, equity and school safety.
RAISING RESPONSIBLE DIGITAL STUDENTS
- 93% of youth 12-17 are online
- 43% of youth have been the target of CyberBullying (over 10 million youth!)
- 35% have been threatened on the internet
- More than 10% (nearly 3-million) have bullied others on-line.
How Parents can help prevent CyberBullying:
- Establish that all rules for interacting with people in life also apply online!
- Educate your children about appropriate internet-based behaviors.
- Model appropriate use of technology.
- Monitor your child's activities while they are online.
- Utilize an "Internet Use Contract" and a "Cell Phone Use Contract"
- Teach and reinforce positive morals and values.
Important Links for Parents and Students:
Monarch PK-8 Education Series
BVSD Middle School Benchmarks
Response to Intervention
School counselors are an important part of the educational leadership team and provide valuable assistance to students, families and the educational team. We spend most of our time in direct service to and with our students. Our duties are focused on the overall delivery of the counseling program through guidance curriculum, individual student planning and responsive services. Another chunk of our time is devoted to system support. For consistency and support of student success, each counselor stays with their grade level(s) for all 3 middle-school years.
Below are some different ways we service the student population and our school:
School Guidance Curriculum
Academic skills support
Organizational, study and test-taking skills
Education in understanding self and others
Peer relationships and effective social skills
Communication, problem-solving, decision-making and conflict resolution
Career awareness, exploration and planning
Substance abuse education
Individual Student Planning
Education in understanding of self, including strengths and weaknesses
Individual and small group counseling
Individual/family/school crisis intervention
Consultation, collaboration and teaming
Program management and operation
360/Monarch Ambassadors (Student Mentor/Transition programs)