Welcome to the 5th - 6th Grade Center School Counseling Department
The School Counseling office is located in the Main Office of the Spring-Ford 5/6 Center School. At the Spring-Ford 5/6 Grade Center, there are four school counselors who are assigned to students by grade and first letter of their last name. Counselors follow students from 5th to 6th grade. At the end of the school year the counselors who had the 6th grade class will take on the incoming 5th grade class. Below are the assigned counselors for the 2020-2021 school year as indicated by the graduation year.
Elementary school counselors play an important role in an elementary school setting. Classroom developmental lessons and other counseling services facilitate a child’s growth: emotionally, socially,mentally, and physically. Consultation, coordination, and counseling are the three areas of service that elementary school counselors employ in order to meet student’s needs.
As elementary school counselors, we consult with teachers, parents, students, and administrators in order to determine student needs. This service is provided through, but not limited to child study meetings, conferences with parents, and contacts with outside service agencies.
- INDIVIDUAL/GROUP COUNSELING
- CLASSROOM DEVELOPMENTAL LESSONS (including topics in the personal, social, academic, and career
- CRISIS INTERVENTION COUNSELING
- BULLYING PREVENTION
- SCHOOL-WIDE PROSOCIAL EVENTS AND ACTIVITIES
How can students contact their counselor?
Students may request to see their counselor by completing a slip that is located in the counseling office or in their classrooms. The counselor will then schedule an appointment to meet with the student. If a student has an emergency or an urgent need to see a counselor, Mrs. Rubeo, the counseling secretary, or the classroom teacher will contact the counselor immediately.
Helpful Resources: Here you'll find a list of local providers, their contact information, and some information about the services they offer. This list can provide you with some direction as you start the process of looking for additional support outside of school for your child/family.
What is the Student Assistance Program?
The Student Assistance Program is designed to assist school personnel in identifying issues which pose a barrier to a student’s learning and school success. It is a state-mandated program which was first created in the 1980’s in order to address students at risk for drug and alcohol problems.
Today, the SAP team addresses many additional student concerns, such as: mental health issues, behavioral and emotional problems, attendance, bullying, and violence. We do this by providing education, prevention, early identification, intervention, referral, and support services.
Who can make a referral?
Students are usually referred to the SAP team by parents, teachers, administrators, a concerned friend, or sometimes, even by self-referral.
Click HERE to print out a referral form
What happens after a referral is made?
The student’s parents are contacted. If they consent, data is collected, interventions are suggested, and the student may be referred for additional services.
Available Support Services
Who is on the team?
Teachers, administrators, nurses, counselors, and liaisons from local mental health agencies are members of the team. All team members are trained and certified in the SAP model.
Alisa Fleisher - School Counselor
Melissa Wobensmith - School Counselor
Melissa Quigley - Teacher
Maria Talone - Teacher
Sara McMonigle - Teacher
Kylene Wood - Teacher
Sara Wanamaker - Teacher
Dr. Kotch - House Principal
Student Support Groups - Topics include Changing Families, Growth (feeling good about yourself and getting along with friends), Grief, and Girl Talk.