To prepare all students for tomorrow's challenges and opportunities

Teaching classroom lessons 
Encouragement for students
Consultation with parents and faculty

Groups working toward common goals
Understanding of self and others
Individual counseling
Developmental curriculum
Academic support
Nurturing environment
Character education
Emphasis on making good choices

Individual Counseling
 
Mrs. Dial and Mrs. Ednie provide individual counseling for students on an as needed basis. Topics are individualized for each student but can include areas such as academic support, peer relation issues, anxiety, self-esteem, and problems at home, school or in the community. 
 
Group Counseling
 
Every student is offered a chance to attend group counseling during lunch time. With parent permission students enter a “Lunch Bunch” which will focus on developing self-esteem, friendship skills, respect for others and personal responsibility. Each session consists of different discussions and games which emphasize building positive self-concepts and social skills. These groups meet for four sessions throughout the year. Other small groups are offered on an added needed basis based on specific issues or themes that may need to be addressed. These small groups meet for four to six sessions throughout the year. 
 
Large Group Counseling/Classroom Lessons
 
Mrs. Dial and Mrs. Ednie also teach approximately 24 lessons in each classroom throughout the  school year. The curriculum used is called Second Step. It is a research based Social Skills program used throughout the Pocono Mountain school district. The curriculum is interactive. Please look for information coming home with your student. The lessons include, empathy, emotion-management, and problem-solving skills; as well as; self-regulation skills. In the primary grade levels (K-3) executive-function skills are included, to prepare students to learn whatever they need to—from social emotional skills to math and science. You can also find more information here, www.cfchildren.org/second-step/elementary.aspx
 
Other topics discussed in our classroom guidance lessons include, anti-bullying, bucket filling (www.bucketfillers101.com), and components of our STARR positive school-wide behavior program which focus on being safe, trustworthy, respectful and responsible citizens. 
 
Other Duties/Responsibilities
 
Mrs. Dial and Mrs. Ednie are serve a large role in the Student Assistance Team and Child Study Teams. In this capacity they are able to ensure that all students are receiving the emotional and/or academic support that they need. They also are able to guide parents in the direction needed in order to assist them in helping to meet their student’s needs outside of school. 
 
Please do not hesitate to contact your child’s counselor at 570-646-2721.
 
Mrs. Dial works with K, 4, 5, and 6 (last names beginning A-M)
 
Mrs. Ednie works with 1, 2, 3 and 6 (last names beginning N-Z)
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