Welcome to the FES Counseling Program!

  • Welcome to the FES Guidance 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 a 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

    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

  • FES Be the “I” in Kind Spirit Days Feb. 16-19

    Posted by Kimberly Snyder on 2/5/2021 1:00:00 PM

    Be the “I” in Kind Spirit Days are coming to Farmdale Elementary School February 16-19, 2021. Our schedule will be

    • Tuesday, February 16 - What if we practice positivity? Wear Pink or Purple.

    • Wednesday, February 17 - What if we serve others? Wear camouflage or superhero clothing.

    •  Thursday, February 18 - What if we don’t judge others by how they look? Wear funky or mismatched clothing.

    • Friday, February 19- What if we stand up for one another? Wear school spirit shirt and jeans.

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  • Aevidum Week: May 8-12, 2017

    Posted by Shannon Zimmerman on 4/26/2017 2:30:00 PM

    During the week of Monday, May 8 through Friday, May 12, LPC, LIC, FES, and LMS will all be participating in Aevidum Week with spirit days to show support for the concepts that make Aevidum so wonderful. 

    Read more in this letter, including the specific themed days!

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  • February Coffee with the Counselors Presentation

    Posted by Samantha Eck on 2/17/2017 2:00:00 PM

    If you were not able to attend Thursday’s Coffee with the Counselors information session, please click here to review the presentation and resources. If you have additional questions, please call or email your School Counselor.

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  • February Coffee with the Counselors

    Posted by Samantha Eck on 1/30/2017 8:00:00 AM

    Coffee Cup

    All parents/guardians of elementary students are invited to join us on Thursday, February 16 from 9:30 a.m. - 10:15 a.m. for Coffee with the Counselors at Farmdale Elementary School. Elementary school counselors from Mountville and Farmdale Elementary Schools will explain techniques and brain-based strategies to help manage your child's strong emotions. 

    Click here to register.

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College & Career 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.