Elementary School Counseling

Elementary School Counselor: Kelly Collins

I am so excited to work with the K–5 students this year! This is my ninth year at Georgia Cyber Academy (GCA). I have a BS in early childhood and an MS in school counseling. There are many opportunities for students to participate in the counseling program through grade-specific career awareness lessons, weekly character education assemblies, and small groups for extra support. I'm looking forward to a great year here at GCA!

What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters compared to what lies within us.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson


2017–2018 Elementary School Counseling Program Year at a Glance

Character Education—Core Essentials

The core essentials curriculum is based on monthly values that set the stage for a common language to be used across the entire school. Each month's activities—weekly assemblies, videos, and communications—all center on a value word and its application. Values support the three big ideas: Treat others right, make smart decisions, and maximize your potential.

Student assemblies are on Mondays at 12:30 PM. The sessions are held live and are recorded.

Character Education Assembly Schedule

Grades 4–5: September 11
Grades 2–3: September 18
Grades K–1: September 25

  • September—Friendship: Dolphin, Purple—Using your words and actions to show others you care
  • October—Creativity: Bowerbird, Tie Dye—Using your imagination to do something unique
  • November—Gratitude: Rabbit, Yellow—Letting others know you see how they've helped you
  • December—Generosity: Earthworm, Green—Making someone's day by giving something away
  • January—Commitment: Meerkat, Copper—Making a plan and putting it into practice
  • February—Kindness: Walrus, Pink—Showing others they are valuable by how you treat them
  • March—Patience: Sea Turtle, Ivory—Waiting until later for what you want now
  • April—Peace: Deer, Aqua—Proving you care more about each other than winning an argument
  • May—Honesty: Chipmunk, Brown—Choosing to be truthful in whatever you say and do

K–5 Career Awareness Education Sessions and Schedule

Kindergarten: Mondays, 9–9:30 AM
1st Grade: Thursdays, 11–11:30 AM
2nd Grade: Fridays, 10:30–11:00 AM
3rd Grade: Fridays, 10–10:30 AM
4th Grade: Fridays, 10:30–11:00 AM
5th Grade: Fridays, 12–12:30 PM
 

5th Grade Career Portfolio Information

2.10.2017
5th Grade Career Portfolio Due

2.13.2017–2.24.2017
5th Grade Career Portfolio Presentations

2.27.2017–3.3.2017
Make-Up 5th Grade Oral Career Portfolio Presentations
 

Counseling Special Programs/Activities

Fire Prevention Week Program/Assembly—October 9–13, 2017

Red Ribbon Week Program/Assembly—October 23–27, 2017

Career Day Assembly—TBD

Anti-Bullying Month—October 2017

The Kindness Challenge—February 12–16, 2018

Teacher/IC Referral Support—As needed

Student Small Group Support—Groups as needed

Grief-Rainbows Curriculum/Program


K–5 Counseling Resources

Careers

Career One Stop
Career View
Career Town
Career Fun Links
PAWS—Career videos for young students

Grief and Loss

Hello Grief
National Alliance for Grieving Children

Bullying

http://www.stopbullying.gov/index.html

Kid's Health

http://kidshealth.org/kid/

Chick-fil-A Student and Family Activities

http://www.chick-fil-a.com/Kids/Family-Activity-Resources

Little Parachutes—Story books to help young children with life's challenges.

http://www.littleparachutes.com/


Grief Camps for Kids

Camp Braveheart is a day camp for children and youth who have experienced the death of a close friend or family member.
http://www.nghs.com/camp-braveheart

Camp Magik is a camp for kids who have lost a loved one.
http://www.campmagik.org/

Kelly Collins
Elementary School Counselor
404.334.4790, ext. 626


GCA Counseling Mission

The mission of the Georgia Cyber Academy's Counseling Department is to provide a comprehensive guidance program that will assist all students in acquiring the skills, knowledge and attitudes needed to become effective students, responsible citizens, and lifelong learners. The student services program is an integral part of the school's total program with a commitment to individual uniqueness and the maximum development of human potential. The program addresses the personal/social, educational, and career needs and desires of all GCA high school students. The department's ultimate goal is for students to graduate with the competencies necessary to be able to make self-directed, realistic, and responsible decisions and to be successful contributors to society. (Guidelines adapted from the ASCA National Model)