LIC School Counseling Office

  • Welcome to the LIC School Counseling page. This is a resource that students, parents and staff can utilize.

    What is a School Counselor?

    A school counselor provides the following services to students and families:
    • Individual Counseling – Some of the referral reasons for meeting individually with students/families are listed below.
      • develop an understanding of themselves or others
      • identify problems and possible solutions
      • learn problem-solving strategies
      • learn appropriate social and interpersonal skills
      • identify coping strategies to overcome adversity and change
      • develop positive self-image
      • recognize their own needs and goals
      • discuss feelings
      Small Group Counseling – Small groups are formed as needed based upon data.
    • Classroom Guidance – Providing a preventive and developmentally appropriate classroom guidance lesson in each classroom during each marking period.
    Other responsibilities include working with education support teams, managing 504 Accommodation Plans, helping students transition to a new school or grade level, and conducting mediations.

School Counseling News

  • Introduction to Xello for K-12 College & Career Planning

    Posted by Kimberly Snyder on 5/26/2020 10:30:00 AM

    Hempfield School District is implementing a K-12 college and career planning software called Xello. Xello is an engaging program that helps students explore and build individualized career plans for their future, coupled with knowledge of the skills required for various careers. We are excited to fully implement this program to promote deeper student and family engagement in ongoing career readiness and post-secondary exploration! 

    • Xello began rolling out in our elementary schools this school year.
    • Formerly, career planning lessons were collected in Schoology in a “Guidance” course. 
    • School Counselors are introducing the program to students by grade level, specifically focusing on intermediate grade (Grades 3-6) levels first.
    • Online software modules allow all students in all buildings to receive the same career and college planning services. 
    • Students will complete online modules as part of career readiness awareness and preparation.
    • The online modules do not replace other career and college planning opportunities that school counselors implement, such as the North Museum, Junior Achievement, Career Cafes, guest speakers, and personal classroom lessons.
    • School Counselors created videos to teach students how to access and start working on Xello.  
    • Parents and guardians can see what students are doing and the resulting career awareness and preparation activities.
    • School Counselors and teachers are given real-time updates on student progress in Xello. The program captures feedback, such as student interests and strengths that are reported to the school for further exploration.
    • Students will explore and build an “Academic and Career Readiness” plan by Grade 8.
    • Please let your school counselor know if you have any questions.
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  • Recording and Slides from 6th Grade Q&A

    Posted by Kimberly Snyder on 4/21/2020 12:45:00 PM

    Thank you to all who participated last night at the joint Centerville Middle School and Landisville Middle School 6th Grade Virtual Q&A Zoom meeting.

     

    In addition, below is a summary of middle school contact information for you to reference should you have any further questions. 

    Landisville Middle School

    (717)898-5607

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  • Grade 6 Transition to Middle School

    Posted by Kimberly Snyder on 4/17/2020 10:30:00 AM

    Hello and welcome to our parents/guardians of Grade 6 students who will be transitioning in August to Landisville Middle School. We are actively working on a variety of transition activities to help prepare students for Grade 7. Please note the following important information:

    • Grade 6 course verification letters are being mailed today. They should be arriving by postal mail shortly. Please review the mailing and respond to our verification survey as listed in the letter by Friday, May 1.
    • We have posted our Landisville Middle School presentation about transitioning into Grade 7 here https://youtu.be/IBfBF3bbUv4. This video covers all information that would have normally been shared during the 6thGrade Parent/Guardian Night. The following link provides a copy of the slides used in the presentation for your reference https://tinyurl.com/ydgjep42
    • Finally, we are holding a joint LMS/CMS Grade 6 Question and Answer virtual orientation program on Monday, April 20 at 6:30 p.m. through the video conferencing software Zoom. We encourage all 6th grade families to join us by clicking the following link: https://tinyurl.com/HempfieldGrade6or joining via phone by calling 1-646-558-8656.  We hope to see you there!

     

    If you have any questions about the transition to middle school, please contact Mr. Sharp (stephen_sharp@hempfieldsd.org), your child's 2020-21 Grade 7 school counselor at Landisville Middle School.

    Thank you!

    Doug Dandridge

    Principal | Landisville Middle School

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  • LIC Cares Week

    Posted by Kimberly Snyder on 1/11/2019 10:00:00 AM

    LIC Cares Week kicks off Monday, January 14 through Friday, January 18. LIC Cares Week is a Spirit week dedicated to awareness, discussion, and education about mental health. The schedule is as follows:

    Monday January 14: Recognize Feelings

    “You can’t change the situation, but you can change how you deal with it.”

    • Students and staff are encouraged to wear a color that best represents a specific emotion.

    Tuesday January 15: Be Yourself

    “Let go of who you think you are supposed to be and be who you are.”

    • Students and staff are encouraged to wear their favorite outfit.

    Wednesday January 16: Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff

    “Stress is not what happens to us. It is our response to what happens. And response is something we can choose.”

    • Students and staff are encouraged to wear sweatshirts and sweatpants.

    Thursday January 17: It Takes Character to Cope with Anger

    “When you let anger get the best of you, it brings out the worst in you.”

    • Students and staff are encouraged to dress as their favorite TV/movie/book character.

    Friday January 18: LIC Cares!

    “Without a sense of caring, there can be no sense of community.”

    • Students and staff are encouraged to wear red and black.
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  • 2018 Keeping Kids Safe Symposium

    Posted by Samantha Eck on 2/9/2018

    Times have changed. Many communications have become digital. So how do we actually know with whom our kids are interacting? Are they giving out too much information such as their name, school, friends, and, more importantly, their location?

    On Tuesday, March 20, 2018, the PA Governor’s Office of Homeland Security and the Pennsylvania State Police are leading the 2018 Keeping Kids Safe Symposium. This is a free cyber security forum on social media and the internet that will be held at the The Conference and Training Center at IU13 (1020 New Holland Avenue, Lancaster, PA 17601). Two sessions will be offered: 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. or 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Everyone is welcome to attend this event, specifically parents, educators, and community members.

    Workshop Topics
    This class will cover numerous applications and social media platforms commonly used by kids. It is important to know that apps come and go almost daily. Parents need to stay proactive in trying to stay educated on new apps.

    Objectives: Discuss bullying, sexual harassment, predatory behavior, and exposure to inappropriate content.

    • Learn how to set mobile privacy settings
    • Discover the most current apps being used for social media
    • Find out the current apps most often being used for “secret” communications
    • Hear how bullying happens and can ruin lives

    Register online.

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  • Classroom Guidance Instruction Letter

    Posted by Shannon Zimmerman on 10/4/2017 10:55:00 AM

    Dear Parents and Guardians of Fifth Grade Students:

    Last week, all fifth grade students were involved in a classroom guidance lesson about Perseverance and Growth Mindset as part of the district-wide classroom guidance curriculum. The students were taught 5 “tips” for sticking with a task or job even when it gets difficult or challenging.

    1. Take a break
    2. Check your mindset
    3. Ask for help
    4. Reward yourself when you finish
    5. Remember that it doesn’t have to be perfect!

    We went over all of these tips, but focused most of the discussion on tip #2: Check your mindset. A fixed mindset is the belief that we are born with inherent strengths and weaknesses, and these traits are fixed and cannot be changed. A growth mindset is the belief that you can change or improve through hard work and practice. We watched a video about famous Olympic track athlete Wilma Rudolph. Her story is an incredible depiction of a growth mindset and perseverance.

    Please have a conversation with your child about our lesson last week and if you have any questions or concerns, please contact me by calling the school at 618-5642.

    Thank You,
    Kate Kasabo 
    Elementary School Counselor 
    Landisville Intermediate Center

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  • Sixth Grade School Counseling Lesson - Self Advocacy

    Posted by Samantha Eck on 9/29/2017 10:30:00 AM

    Dear Parents and Guardians of Sixth Grade Students:

    This week, all sixth grade students were involved in a presentation and discussion of personal responsibility and self-advocacy, as part of the district-wide classroom counseling curriculum. The presentation emphasizes the need to know yourself, understand your needs, and identify the best way to be proactive about meeting your needs.

    To assess the “knowing yourself” component of self-advocacy, the students completed a Multiple Intelligence Survey. As a class, we then analyzed our strengths and weaknesses leading into a discussion of how this impacts our everyday performance in the classroom. This will lead into a follow up lesson about goal-setting, where your child will set a goal, steps for reaching that goal, as well as resources and support needed to reach the identified goal.

    I have collected the Multiple Intelligence Survey and Goal Setting worksheet to review but will return these to your child to bring home to you shortly. I’ve also included the survey at the end of this letter, along with a little bit about each area of intelligence. Please have a conversation with your child about our lesson this weekend. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact me by calling the school at (717)618-5642.

    Thank You,

    Kate Kasabo
    Landisville Intermediate Center Counselor 

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  • Fourth Grade School Counseling Lesson - Self Control

    Posted by Samantha Eck on 9/26/2017

    Dear Parents and Guardians of Fourth Grade Students:

    Last week, all fourth grade students were involved in an introductory lesson about executive functions. The lesson consisted of a presentation, activity, and discussion about different skills, or executive functions in our brain help us to make choices and accomplish tasks. The specific skill on which we focused was self-control. 

    In order to understand the need for self-control we discussed impulses; a strong desire or reaction to do something without thinking about it first. We talked about the way that acting on impulses often leads to negative consequences. We then learned several strategies for improving self-control, and how, like any skill, it is something that can be improved with lots of practice!

    I’ve compiled a list of ways to help your child practice their self-control. You can view this full letter and the resources by visiting the LIC School Counseling webpage. Please have a conversation with your child about our lesson and if you have any questions or concerns, please contact me by calling the school at (717)618-5642.

    Thank You,

    Kate Kasabo
    School Counselor
    Landisville Intermediate Center

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  • LIC School Wide Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports Program

    Posted by Samantha Eck on 8/31/2017 7:00:00 AM

    Our school is participating in an important district initiative. It is called School Wide Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports Program (SWPBIS). Click here to see the full newsletter.

    What is SWPBIS?
    It is a system developed by schools to improve student behavior.  It is used by all staff, with all students, across all school settings, to help schools create the most effective learning environment.

    SWPBIS Consists of Three Components:

    1. Identify and Teach expected behaviors

    2. Positively reinforce and recognize expected behavior

    3. Enforce meaningful consequences for Violations

    What is SWPBIS?
    We have adopted a unified set of classroom rules. These rules define our expectations for behavior in our school. Our unified classroom rules are as follows:

    • Be Respectful
    • Be Responsible
    • Be Ready
    • Be Safe

    Levels of Support
    SWPBIS will help the staff at LIC to create and maintain supports that meet the needs of ALL students. These supports are based on the understanding that specific behaviors need to be taught to students, not simply expected.  To ensure that all students receive the support they need to be successful, LIC will implement a continuum of support described below:

    Universal Support (School-Wide)
    These are supports provided to ALL students in the school., and may include:

    • Behavioral expectations taught and modeled
    • Positive reinforcement (at LIC we will utilize “Team Tickets” which can be redeemed for special privileges or activities)
    • Fair corrective discipline
    • Parent collaboration with school staff

    Small Group Support
    This level of support provides more intensive interventions for groups of students who may need it.  These may include:

    • Social Skills Groups
    • Adult Mentor
    • Self-Management programs

    Targeted Support (focus on individual child)
    Intensive individualized supports for students with challenging behavior.  Supports at this level may include:

    • Behavior Intervention Plan
    • Functional Behavior Assessment
    • Interagency Collaboration

    Family Involvement in SWPBIS
    The link between families and SWPBIS is an important one. When families are meaningfully involved in educational activities, their children tend to have higher rates of success at school. Teaching expected behavior at school works best when there is consistency at home as well.  The goal of SWPBIS is that children learn to self-manage their behavior and make positive choices, which will happen most efficiently if we are all speaking the same language. You are an integral part of Team LIC, and remember Together Everyone Achieves More!

    As always, Thank you for your continued support and partnership!

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  • End of the Year Coffee Talk with the Elementary Counselors

    Posted by Samantha Eck on 5/10/2017 9:00:00 AM

    You're invited to have coffee with Ms. Stefanie Scarborough and Ms. Amy Koerner (Elementary Counselors)! 

    Topic: Helping Parents Navigate the Technology World: Safety and Screen Time
    Date: Thursday, May 18
    Time: 9:30 a.m.
    Location: East Petersburg Elementary School

    We hope to see you there!

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Classroom Lessons

Career & College Planning

  • Introduction to Xello for K-12 College & Career Planning

    Hempfield School District is implementing a K-12 college and career planning software called Xello. Xello is an engaging program that helps students explore and build individualized career plans for their future, coupled with knowledge of the skills required for various careers. We are excited to fully implement this program to promote deeper student and family engagement in ongoing career readiness and post-secondary exploration!

    • Xello began rolling out in our elementary schools this school year.
    • Formerly, career planning lessons were collected in Schoology in a “Guidance” course. 
    • School Counselors are introducing the program to students by grade level, specifically focusing on intermediate grade (Grades 3-6) levels first.
    • Online software modules allow all students in all buildings to receive the same career and college planning services. 
    • Students will complete online modules as part of career readiness awareness and preparation.
    • The online modules do not replace other career and college planning opportunities that school counselors implement, such as the North Museum, Junior Achievement, Career Cafes, guest speakers, and personal classroom lessons.
    • School Counselors created videos to teach students how to access and start working on Xello.  See below.
    • Parents and guardians can see what students are doing and the resulting career awareness and preparation activities.
    • School Counselors and teachers are given real-time updates on student progress in Xello. The program captures feedback, such as student interests and strengths that are reported to the school for further exploration.
    • Students will explore and build an “Academic and Career Readiness” plan by Grade 8.
    • Please let your school counselor know if you have any questions.