The Center School District Counseling & Guidance Program follows the Missouri Comprehensive Guidance Program which includes sequential activities kindergarten through grade 12.
Guidance Curriculum: The purpose of the guidance curriculum is to facilitate students' normal growth and development, to promote academic achievement and positive mental health, and to assist students in acquiring and using life career skills. The curriculum is organized around three major areas: Career Planning and Exploration, Knowledge of Self and Others, and Education and Vocational Development.
Individual Planning: Counselors assist all students to plan, monitor and manage their own learning, as well as their personal and career development.
Responsive Services: These are activities that meet the immediate needs and concerns of students. These needs or concerns may require counseling, consultation, referral or information.
System Support: consists of management activities that establish, maintain and enhance the total guidance program. Support activities include professional development, staff and community relations, consultation with teachers, advisory committees and community outreach.
There are many ways to meet with your school counselor:
- I can ask to see the counselor.
- I can write the counselor a note or sign up.
- My teacher can send me to the counselor.
- A parent can ask the counselor to see me.
- The counselor can invite me to visit with them
- The counselor visits me in my classroom.
- Counselors at Elementary Schools
- Counselors at Middle School
- Counselors at High School and Alternative School
- Helpful Resources
Counselors at Elementary Schools:
- Teach lessons in classrooms on topics such as: Understanding self and others, planning for the future, problem solving, and decision making.
- Help students learn skills and attitudes necessary to be successful as they progress from kindergarten to middle school.
- Provide individual and small group counseling to help students with personal and school-related concerns.
- Work with parents, teachers and community resources to address the needs of our students.
- Serve as members of various teams, committees, and professional organizations that share information impacting students lives in a positive way.
Counselors at Middle School:
- Provide the bridges needed for 5th grade students to cross over to the Middle School and for the 8th grade journey to the High School.
- Provide individual counseling and coordinate group counseling through volunteer agencies.
- Prepare guidance curriculum for classroom teachers to deliver through Enrichment class to include Career Exploration and Planning, Study Skills, and Self Awareness.
- Are members of essential groups such as the Student Services Team, the Academic Teams, the Staffing Team and the 504 Committee in order to provide quality and consistent services to students.
- Sponsor Peer Ambassador, Peer Mediator and Peer Tutor programs which aid fellow students and the community.
Counselors at High School and Alternative School:
- Help foster positive student/teacher and peer relationship.
- Assist students in the enrollment and transition process which includes developing a 4-year plus plan.
- Assist students with college and career selections, scholarship and financial searches and opportunities to meet with postsecondary representatives.
- Work with students with special needs.
- Assist students with problem solving and decision making.
- Work with students individually or in groups.
- Work with parents, teachers and community resources to address the needs of students
- Participate as members of the school's Student Services Team.
The following is provided for information only and is not meant to be an endorsement of goods or services.
Love and Logic– This site has lots of parenting info!There are tons of articles relating to how to handle specific situations.They offer seminars and have a fairly large bookstore.Many of their books can also be found in the public library.
American Academy of Pediatrics– This site has tons of information on general health issues as well as emotional/behavior concerns.There are articles about a variety of topics such as ADHD, aggression, self-esteem, etc.
Solace House– This is the official site for Solace House.They are an agency that is based in Kansas City.They provide group counseling on site for children and adults who are grieving.They can also provide referrals for individual counseling.This site also has some good links to other sites that provide information about grief and the grieving process.
Parent Center– This website has information on a variety of topics relating to children and their development.Articles are sorted by age and stage of development.
Bureau of Labor Statistics– This website has tons of information for those who love numbers!We use it in classroom guidance lessons because it also has some good info on careers in kid friendly language!If you visit the site, scroll down all the way to the bottom.On the right hand side, you’ll see an icon that says careers for kids.This will take you to all kinds of information about jobs.
Safety Tool Kit for parents– This website has a free downloadable safety kit for parents with common myths about safety and an information card.It is supported by Duracell– the battery people!
Test Taking Tips- This website has some good ideas for taking tests, studying, and handling test anxiety.There are a few tips that don’t apply to elementary age kids, but most can be adapted to any level.
Life Matters– Parenting Resource Site
Early Childhood Articles and information-scroll to the bottom for early childhood articles.
Articles on Parenting, Health, and Education– parenting resources, also includes info on recalls
Resources from birth to teen-parenting resources
Sesame Street Parents– advice and activities
FAFSA- This site allows students to fill out their Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) online.It also contains a very helpful phone number to call in case of financial aid questions.Students are also able to check the status of their submitted FAFSA here.
Metropolitan Community Colleges- This is the homepage fro all five of the Metropolitan Community Colleges.Students are able to apply online here in less than 15 minutes.Among many other resources, a detailed description of the enrollment process is included.
ACT registration and test taking tips- This site allows you to register for the ACT test and do sample tests.It is appropriate for middle and high school students.Also on this site are test taking strategies.
Sparknotes.com- This site is free and has test preparation help as well as math and reading skills reviews.
Energy Parenting- This site has parenting information and a free weekly newsletter.
Scream Free Parenting- This site has a monthly newsletter as well as parenting tips and other resources for parents.
Kansas City Suicide Awareness and Prevention Program (KCSAPP) – The site provides anationally prominent suicide awareness and prevention program that is comprehensive, multidisciplinary, scientifically-guided, and age and gender appropriate.If you are in crisis, call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at