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Counselor's Corner

Hello,

My name is Crystal English, the school counselor, I look forward to working with you and your child throughout this school year. I am here to support the academic, social, emotional and behavioral growth and needs of your child. I absolutely love the fact that I have an opportunity to work with children to discuss and share their joys and worries, their accomplishments and concerns on a daily basis. This year will learn about expressing our feelings, solving problems, getting along with others, and so much more. A HUGE part of my job is to also expose all of our students to higher education and explore careers and colleges so they can begin identifying their specific paths of success. 

 I truly understand that life happens and disruptions such as illness, death, or divorce may impact a student's school day. Whatever the concern, I am here to listen to your child and to help your child to feel safe and comfortable. If you have any questions or concerns please contact me by telephone or email.

englishc@lpisd.org or 281-604-4559


Behavior Expectations

(office)

 

Be Respectful

   
   
   

 

·   Voice Level 2 (inside voices) in office.

·   Listen to one another.

·   Walk back to class with Level 0 voices.

·   Keep things that others share private.

·   Speak to and about others without name-calling.

 

 

  Be

Responsible

 

 

·   Get permission from classroom teacher to be here.

·   Be honest.

·   Admit when you have done something wrong.

 

  Solve  Problems

 

·   If you are here to talk about a problem, be prepared to solve it.

·   Try not to ask for help with the same problem if you have not tried previous suggestions to solve it.

·   Stay on topic.

·   Involve only people who have something to do with the problem.

 

(Classroom)

 

 Be Respectful
  • Look and listen to the speaker.
  • Hands to yourself.
  • Be kind.
  • Be positive.
  • Raise hand to speak.
 Be Responsible
  • Follow directions.
  • Be in charge of words and body.
  • Be safe.
 Solve Problems
  •  Ask someone to quietly stop if they are bothering you.
  • Ask the teacher if you can change seats.
  • Report things to the teacher that are important.
 
 
 

 



Small Group Counseling

 

Small group counseling is a service provided to all students at JRE. Students may be invited to join a small group during the course of the school year. A school counselor can cover many issues in small group counseling such as family change/divorce, grief, self-esteem, etc...
The groups I have offered most consistently are peer/social in nature. Last year I offered Girl's Groups to sixth-grade girls to address relational aggression issues.
Each year is a bit different and the needs of the current groups usually dictate what types of groups are offered. I will always ask for written parent permission before including a student in a small counseling group.
Confidentiality is an important part of small group work, but it can be a difficult concept for kids, In order to avoid the problems that arise when students go home and tell their parents they can't share anything about group because "it's a secret," I usually explain it like this: each student can feel free to share what the topic was in group or what he or she said in group but not what other students have shared. Students who break the confidentiality of group and discuss things outside of group with others may be asked to leave the group. Small groups are for sharing and problem-solving and all students should feel safe in their group.
 

 

 

 
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Individual Counseling

 

Individual counseling is a service offered to all students at JRE. Students may be referred for counseling by a parent, a teacher or themselves.  Counseling can be ongoing or short-term based on the problem/situation. Issues that a school counselor might address with students:

  • peer relationsSchoolCenter Picture
  • school performance
  • anxiety
  • family change
  • grief
  • self-esteem issues
  • anger management
  • conflict resolution
  • new students

Many times, students will request a visit with the counselor regarding a situation at school and we will meet briefly to try to resolve the situation, particularly if there has been a problem on the playground/hallway/lunchroom with another student(s). These types of visits do not require prior permission from a parent however, I encourage students to go home and share with parents and guardians that we spoke and explain why we met.

If the problem situation resulted in some type of consequence, the student will meet with the dean of students.  The counselor does not see students for discipline, but rather to assist in conflict resolution so that the student may return to class and have productive work time.

If a student requires on-going counseling, the counselor will contact the parent to discuss the issues. 

Serious behavior problems or certain family issues may require more in-depth counseling with a licensed professional counselor at an outside agency. Your school counselor can assist you with more information about resources in the community for counseling. 

 Minute Meetings

I want to meet with all students individually each year for a "Minute Meeting." These meetings are beneficial for many reasons:

  • School counselors don't always get a chance to speak individually to students.  These meetings provide opportunities for her to get to know each of the students she serves.
  • Students become aware that the school counselor is a support person they can turn to in school if needed.
  • Counselor will get student perceptions on school, personal/social relationships, and future goals.
  • Counselor may become aware of students who need support and or situations that need to be addressed.
  • Every student receives 1:1 positive attention.