How Can I Support My Child At School?

Be involved with school. Get to know your child’s teachers.

  • If you have Internet, communicate with teachers through e-mail.
  • If you have Internet, sign up for In-Touch to monitor grades, attendance, and behavior. 
  • Make sure your child has a routine for homework (minimize distractions).
  • If you ever have questions contact the school counselor.

General

  • Spend time with your child.  Ask about friends, accomplishments, challenges.
  • Talk with your child about peer pressure and challenges they may face with friends. 
  • Be honest and direct when talking with your child.
  • Have clear expectations and consequences.
  • Eat meals together as a family.
  • Teach your child responsibility (chores, helping at home, volunteering).
  • Get to know your child’s friends (and if possible parents of friends).
  • Say, “You must be proud of yourself” instead of “I am proud of you”.
  • Help your child set goals (short and long term).
  • Encourage your child to join school and community groups.
  • Monitor/Limit use of cell phones, video games, and computers.
  • Encourage your child to read every day.

Health/Safety

  • Healthy diet – Eat 3 meals day; limit fast food; and drink milk or dairy products.
  • Sleep – Have routine bedtimes (9-10 hours of sleep recommended).  Keep bedrooms free of distractions: TV’s, video games, computers, and cell phones. 
  • Encourage your child to be active and exercise (use a helmet riding bikes/skateboards).
  • Talk to your child about stranger and playground safety.
  • Have the computer in an open area of your house.
  • Discuss avoidance of tobacco, alcohol, drugs (including inhalants), and guns.
  • Teach your child to swim.     

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What Types of Counseling are Available?

School Counseling is a comprehensive program designed to promote and enhance student performance and achievement by addressing the academic, career and personal/social needs of all students.  The program is administered by professional counselors and is delivered through individual counseling, classroom guidance, and small group counseling.

Academic Counseling

What does academic counseling include?     

  • Goal Setting
  • Academic Support
  • Transition Planning
  • Mentoring
  • Support Group Participation
  • IEP Support504 Coordination

Career Counseling

What does career counseling include?

  • Career Information System (CIS)          
  • Willamette Academy           
  • Peer Helper Program           
  • AVID Program    
  • Career Night

Personal/Social Counseling

What does personal/social counseling include?

This type of counseling involves addressing students’ needs through a one-on-one counseling support.   Examples may include:      

  • Peer pressure            
  • Bullying prevention           
  • Conflict resolution              
  • Family relationships
  • Personal identity issues    
  • Grief and loss          
  • Suicide
  • Child abuse               
  • Motivation and achievement concerns
  • School dropout prevention                       
  • Substance abuse