We want your child to be as successful as possible at school. Success in school is not just about academics. It is also about knowing how to learn and how to get along with others. We will be using the Second Step program in your child’s classroom guidance lessons to teach these critical skills.
The Second Step program teaches skills in the following four areas:
1. Skills for Learning: Students gain skills to help themselves learn, including how
to focus their attention, listen carefully, use self-talk to stay on task, and be
assertive when asking for help with schoolwork.
2. Empathy: Students learn to identify and understand their own and others’
feelings. Students also learn how to take another’s perspective and how to
3. Emotion Management: Students learn specific skills for calming down when
experiencing strong feelings, such as anxiety or anger.
4. Problem Solving: Students learn a process for solving problems with others in
a positive way. Your child will be learning a lot this year—and he or she will
need your help!
This is the realm where children learn how to understand and manage their feelings, how to make friends and be a friend, and how to solve social problems. The Brecksville-Broadview Heights City School District has a Guidance Program through which professional school counselors assist students to develop knowledge, understanding, and skills to enhance their personal, social, career, and academic development. Your child receives services through classroom guidance lessons based upon the competencies of the Guidance Program Curriculum and the American School Counseling Association National Model.
Make sure to join www.secondstep.org with the activation key SSP3 FAMI LY73 to watch videos about the Second Step program and get information about what your student is learning.
In addition to the guidance lessons, I conduct group and individual counseling. Groups of 5-7 students are formed to provide more personal support and a safer atmosphere for discussing issues and practicing ways to handle these issues. Groups such as friendship and social skills, self-esteem, confidence building, changing and divorced family, grief counseling, anger and stress management are available. If you’d like your child involved in counseling-group or individual-please contact me at Chippewa (440) 740-4225 or Hilton (440) 740-4620. Please do not hesitate to contact me for more information. Thank you for supporting your child in learning the skills that lead to success in school and in life.
Chippewa Elementary School Counselor