Bellport High School and Middle School Celebrate National School Counseling Week, Feb. 5–9, 2018

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School counselors at Bellport High School and Middle School will be celebrating National School Counseling Week February 5th – 9th. Counselors at the secondary level will host student activities throughout the week that support the American School Counselor Association (ASCA) Mindsets & Domains of academic, career, and social/emotional development.

National School Counseling Week, sponsored by the ASCA, will be celebrated from Feb. 5–9, 2017, to focus public attention on the unique contribution of professional school counselors within U.S. school systems. National School Counseling Week highlights the tremendous impact school counselors can have in helping students achieve school success and plan for a career. 

The special week honoring school counselors provides recognition for school counselors who implement comprehensive school counseling programs, a vital part of the educational process for all students as they meet the challenges of the 21st century. 

School counselors are actively engaged in helping students examine their abilities, strengths, interests and talents; for working in a partnership with parents as they encounter the challenges of raising children in today's world; for focusing on positive ways to enhance students' social/personal, educational and career development; and working with teachers and other educators to provide an educational system where students can realize their potential and set healthy, realistic and optimistic aspirations for themselves. Professional school counselors are certified, experienced educators with a master's degree in guidance and counseling. The combination of their training and experience makes them an integral part of the total educational program.

"School counselors work with all students to remove barriers to learning by addressing students’ academic concerns, career awareness in post-secondary options and social/emotional skills,” said Kwok-Sze Wong, Ed.D., ASCA executive director. “Comprehensive school counseling programs help to increase student achievement and provide a much-needed resource for students, parents, teachers and administrators. School counselors are integral to student success."

Parents or community members with specific questions or concerns about school counseling programs should contact the school counselors at Bellport High School and Bellport Middle School.  For more information about the American School Counselor Association, please visit www.schoolcounselor.org.