• Mrs. Romesberg (formerly Miss Fratto) is our School Counselor at SES. She plays a vital role in supporting the social-emotional development, academic growth, and overall well-being of students in grades 2 through 5.

    Here are some key responsibilities and functions of a school counselor at these grade levels:

    1. Social-Emotional Support: School counselors provide individual and group counseling sessions to help students develop social skills, emotional regulation, and conflict resolution strategies. They address issues such as self-esteem, friendship concerns, bullying, and stress management. By offering a safe and supportive space, counselors help students navigate their emotions and build positive relationships with peers and adults.

    2. Academic Guidance: Counselors assist students with setting academic goals, developing study skills, and improving organizational strategies. They may provide guidance on time management, test-taking techniques, and effective study habits. Additionally, counselors collaborate with teachers and parents to identify any academic challenges and develop appropriate interventions or support plans.

    3. Personal and Career Development: School counselors help students explore their interests, strengths, and values, laying the foundation for future career exploration. They may conduct assessments, administer interest inventories, and guide students in understanding their abilities and potential career pathways. Counselors can also facilitate classroom lessons on topics like self-awareness, goal-setting, and decision-making.

    4. Transition Support: Students in grades 2 through 5 often experience significant transitions, such as moving to a new school, changing classrooms, or transitioning to middle school. Counselors provide guidance and support during these transitions, helping students adapt to new environments, navigate changes, and manage any anxieties or concerns.

    5. Crisis Intervention: In the event of a crisis or traumatic event, school counselors play a crucial role in providing immediate support to students. They offer counseling and crisis intervention services, collaborate with other school staff to ensure the emotional well-being of students, and communicate with parents or guardians regarding the situation.

    6. Collaboration and Consultation: School counselors collaborate with teachers, administrators, and parents to support students' needs. They attend team meetings, provide input on intervention strategies, and collaborate on academic and behavioral support plans. Counselors also serve as a resource for parents, offering guidance on parenting strategies, community resources, and referrals to outside agencies if needed.

    7. Prevention Programs: Counselors may implement prevention programs targeting issues such as bullying, substance abuse, conflict resolution, and character education. These programs aim to promote positive behavior, foster a safe and inclusive school climate, and equip students with essential life skills.

    8. Individualized Support: For students who may require additional support or have specific needs, school counselors collaborate with teachers, parents, and external professionals to develop and implement individualized plans. This may involve coordinating services with special education teams, outside therapists, or community organizations to address specific concerns.

    Overall, the role of a school counselor in grades 2 through 5 is to provide a range of supportive services that help students thrive academically, emotionally, and socially. By offering guidance, counseling, and advocacy, counselors contribute to the overall well-being and success of students during these critical developmental years.