Mission, Vision & Action Plans

Mission Statement

The mission of the Perry Meridian Sixth Grade Academy School Counseling Program is to enable all students to experience educational success by providing guidance in the areas of academic, career, and citizenship development; counseling to help students overcome social or emotional challenges that interfere with learning; and advocacy for an environment that is supportive and supports high achievement for all students. Through the school counseling program, students become better learners, responsible citizens, and productive members of a global economy.

Vision Statement

We believe that all students deserve:

to be surrounded by a culture where adults not only hold high EXPECTATIONS for every student that are both rigorous and consistent, but communicate them clearly and fairly to all students. We believe that all students deserve educators that are dedicated to providing INSTRUCTION that is challenging, is applicable to the real world, encourages healthy habits, is inclusive of the arts and utilizes current technology. We believe that all students deserve an ENVIRONMENT that is safe, caring, respectful, and supportive of their developmental needs and that gives them a sense of empowerment. We believe that all students deserve SUPPORT from staff rooted in empathy, that allows them time to process and learn from experiences, while holding them accountable for their own actions. We believe all students deserve well rounded GUIDANCE to help them make sound choices in their academic, social and emotional lives that will lead them towards success.

In our ideal school and community, ideal adult practices include:

setting high expectations, providing support, creating structure and offering guidance to help students reach their personal and academic goals. Adults communicate a sense of pride and confidence in the school and its student body.

The School Counselor assesses student needs and provides academic support (such as goal-setting and organization skills), emotional support (such as grief and self-esteem), and social support (such as conflict resolution and friendship) in group and individual settings when needed. This need, and the programming that addresses it, is determined by needs assessments, achievement data (state testing, class grades), behavior data, and attendance data. At times, process, perception and outcome data from programming in prior years, or even the current year, are also used. The counselor supports students in making healthy choices that will allow them to reach their personal and academic goals. The counselor provides support to teachers, parents and the community as an advocate for student growth, both on an individual and whole-school level, and does so while following the ethical standards published by ASCA. The counselor works with an advisory council (including administration) to evaluate the school counseling program annually based on process, perception and outcome data.

Administrators ensure a safe academic environment that operates on fair and consistent practices. They connect and balance the needs of all stakeholders involved in the school community and implement activities and programming that is relevant, helpful and engaging. Administrators are open-minded and seek feedback of stakeholders to better understand the needs of the school.

Parents of students are engaged in their child’s education and make it a priority for their child. They provide the structure, support and follow-through that is needed at home to reinforce the child’s learning at school.

Parents stay connected with what is happening at the school, volunteer when possible, and communicate often with school staff.

Community members understand the benefits of student success and work to build connections with educators. Members of the community share their available resources with the school to benefit and address the needs of the students. This may include job shadowing experiences, financial support, participation in career day, etc. The community supports efforts to maintain a safe, clean, opportunity filled school for the students by providing programming to students (drug-free, violence-free, healthy relationships, afterschool programming, etc.)

In our ideal school, ideal students choose to:

follow the R.O.A.D. to Success. Students respect their peers by showing kindness and empathy to others. Students own their education by attending and being prepared for school each day, participating in class, working toward specific academic goals, pushing themselves to do their best, and getting involved in activities outside of the school day. Students address adults appropriately and demonstrate safe behavior by making healthy choices, seeking help when they need it, and communicating their concerns to adults in a respectful way with a solution in mind.

Action Plans

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