Walter L. Newberry Math & Science Academy
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Counselor’s Corner

Welcome to the Counselor’s Corner!

Students, parents, families and community members are encouraged to visit this page for information regarding current counseling programs being implemented in the school, information regarding the high school application process, and other resources for helping students achieve their best academically, socially and emotionally, and in their career development.

Meet your counselor: to learn more about your counselor,  Nicole Corbiere, please view her staff bio HERE.

Newberry School Counseling Mission Statement
  • The mission of the Newberry school counseling program is to support the development of academic, career and personal/social skills of all students using both a comprehensive and developmental approach. The school counselor will collaborate with teachers, families, and community members to eliminate any barriers students may face, so that all students may reach their full potential in each of these areas and be prepared to participate fully in the global community.
 
Newberry School Counseling Philosophy
The school counselor believes:
  • All students can learn and should be given the opportunity to do so.
  • Learning involves the education of the whole person.
  • All students have the right to participate in the school counseling program.
  • Diversity is to be appreciated and students, faculty, staff, and community members are to work together with the goal of enhancing the overall well-being of our students.
The school counseling program should:
  • Engage students in classroom, group, and/or individual counseling to enhance student learning.
  • Provide academic, career, and personal/social development curriculum for all students.
  • Keep in mind students’ ethnic, cultural, sexual, religious, and racial identities and special needs when planning and implementing school-wide programs.
  • Educate students on skills that go beyond the classroom, so that students can develop lifelong skills to help them achieve their goals for the future.
School counselors:
  • Adhere to ethical standards as provided by the American School Counselors Association.
  • Will participate in professional development in order to maintain the skills and knowledge necessary to support a high-quality school counseling program.
What does the school counselor do?
Individual Counseling
  • Students can meet individually with the counselor on a weekly-basis when needed. Students can be referred for individual counseling by parents, teachers, students, or by the counselor.
Group Counseling
  • Groups are developed to help target student development of skills such as self-esteem, team building, social skills, anger management, friendship, coping with grief, or organizational skills. Group topics rotate throughout the school year.
  • Groups are run by the school counselor and are available to all students. Students may be referred to groups by teachers, parents, or the counselor.
Classroom Guidance Curriculum
  • The school counselor will go into the classrooms multiple times a year to deliver preventative or informative curriculum to all students; for example, delivering a guidance lesson on information about the high school application process, or on cyber bullying.
Systems Support
  • The school counselor is available for consultation with teachers, parents, and other professionals as needed. Collaboration can take place through individual conferences, group meetings, or professional development. Counselors may also make referrals to outside resources for additional student assistance. The counselor also supports the teachers’ implementation of Second Step, which is our social/emotional curriculum that focuses on empathy building, problem-solving skills, and anger management.
Responsive Services
  • The school counselor is available to assist students with the experience of a crisis. The counselor is also available to respond to any immediate issues or student concerns that happen during the school hours that prevent the student from actively participating and engaging in the classroom.