Model’s principal oversees an excellent staff, which includes a counselor, psychologist and nurse.
Our counselor spends much of her time with the students in the classrooms, in a group situation, or with individuals. The counselor is happy to share books, videos, and pamphlets dealing with parenting skills and other special needs with parents. Model’s counselor is Mrs. Banes, MSW.
Mrs. Banes has a preventative program that teaches kindergarten through fifth graders through a developmental counseling curriculum. Areas of emphasis are “Learning to Work,” “Learning to Learn,” and “Learning to Live.” Within these core areas, each grade level has classes on career exploration, study skills, feelings, conflict resolution, diversity, and self-esteem. Kindergarten classes receive a monthly 45-minute lesson, while grades 1-5 meet twice a month with the counselor.
The counselor also provides the following:
- Co-facilitates our Child Study Team/Home visits
- Emergency counseling and referral for individual students
- Peer Mediation Program – trained students act as mediators for some student disputes
- Model Welcomers Program – trained students greet new students and provide a tour of the school.
- Community Mentor/Tutor coordination
- Groups – These groups of 6 – 8 students meet 8 times for 30 minutes. Group topics include Changing Families, Grief, Friendship, Anger, Divorce, and Self-Esteem.
- Trained in Love & Logic (Parent/Student/Teacher program)
Mrs. Banes encourages parents to call with any questions or concerns.
Model’s school psychologist, Mrs. Nichols, visits Model one day a week. The psychologist is here as a consultant and as a resource for the teachers. He also tests students who have been identified as having academic problems for learning disabilities. The psychologist is instrumental, along with the LRE teacher and classroom teacher, in setting up an Individualized Educational Plan for the affected students.
Model is very lucky to have Mrs. Harmelink as our full-time nurse. Some of the wonderful things Mrs. Harmelink does for Model include:
- Assess and care for illnesses and injuries, contacting parents as needed
- Organize and administer medications
- Check all students for head lice at least 3 times a year
- Look through student immunizations and advise parents accordingly
- Encourage health and safety with posters, notes on newsletters, and staff instruction
- Supply first aid kits for teachers
- Read through health histories and notify appropriate staff of health concerns
- Arrange for measuring all students twice a year
- Screen vision of all students in first, third, and fifth grades and all others requested, then refer appropriately
- Evaluate all 5th graders for scoliosis and report to parents
- Teach classes in sexual abuse prevention, BASIC AID TRAINING, growing up, and other health issues as requested
- Communicate with parents and staff regarding health questions and needs
- Contact health agencies for additional classroom materials or resources as requested by staff