Welcome to the EPES Counseling Program
Welcome to the EPES 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.
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.
- 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
Students Transitioning to Centerville Middle School
Don't miss this Centerville Middle School virtual building tour with CMS teachers, and School Counselor Nate Milton.
School Counseling News
Two Grade 6 Middle School Transition Videos AvailablePosted by Kimberly Snyder on 4/16/2021 1:00:00 PM
2021-2022 Middle School Course Verification FormsPosted by Kimberly Snyder on 4/15/2021 3:00:00 PM
EPES Kindness Matters WeekPosted by Kimberly Snyder on 2/16/2021 1:45:00 PM
A Message from the Elementary School CounselorsPosted by Kimberly Snyder on 9/30/2020 1:00:00 PM
Introduction to Xello for K-12 College & Career PlanningPosted by Kimberly Snyder on 5/26/2020 10:30:00 AM
EPES Grade 6 to CMS Transition Presentation on Google MeetPosted by Kimberly Snyder on 4/29/2020 12:40:00 PM
Incoming 7th Grade CMS Students: 2020-2021 Course Request FormPosted by Kimberly Snyder on 4/28/2020 1:30:00 PM
Recording and Slides from 6th Grade Q&APosted by Kimberly Snyder on 4/21/2020 12:45:00 PM
Continuity of Education Update: Grading GuidancePosted by Kimberly Snyder on 4/15/2020 2:30:00 PM
2018 Keeping Kids Safe SymposiumPosted by Samantha Eck on 2/9/2018
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.