COUNSELORS

 

COUNSELORS TEAM

Each counselor's contact information is below. Please reach out with any questions you have. Our number is: 919-346-0121.

 
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WHITNEY CRESS

Ext. 2113

Elementary Counselor K-5th

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BECCA LYNN

Ext. 2287

Middle School Counselor 6th-8th grade

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KATIE BECK

Ext. 1032

High School Counselor

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SARAH CESSNA

Ext. 2150

High School Drop Out Prevention Counselor

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ERIN FARMER

Ext. 2050

High School Counselor

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NICOLE HAIRSTON

Ext. 2115

High School Counselor

2021-22 NCVA BEACON TIME SCHEDULE

Monthly Beacon Times are offered to further develop students' social and emotional skills. These assemblies will be offered each month during the school year by our school counselors and Student Resource Coordinator. Watch for more information to come! We look forward to seeing you there!


ELEMENTARY Beacon Times aka Counselor Corner:


  • Grades K-1 Thursday Oct 7 @ 2:00: Strategies for Getting Along with Others

  • Grades 2-3 Thursday Oct 7 @ 2:30: Strategies for When Someone is Rude, Mean, or a Bully

  • Grades 4-5 Thursday Oct 21 @ 2:00: Putting a Stop to Bullying



MIDDLE SCHOOL: Coming soon!


HIGH SCHOOL: Coming soon!

 
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MINDSET BY THE MONTH

This year our school will focus on the 7 Growth Mindsets. Each month we will focus on one of the mindsets. Students will see these mindset lessons through activities planned monthly by their advisors, teachers, counselors, and newsletters. 

Schedule:

September: Everything is Possible

October: Passion First

November: We are Connected

January: 100% Accountable

February: Attitude of Gratitude

March: Live to Give

April: The Time is Now

 
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DOCUMENTS & RESOURCES

 

MASTER BEACON TIME SCHEDULE

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AVAILABLE COUNSELING GROUPS

Elementary School Groups

Coping Skills

Students will meet in small groups to learn and develop healthy self-regulation and coping skills based on Zones of Regulation. We will practice identifying our emotions, regulating emotions, identifying effective coping skills, neuroplasticity, and creating a coping skills plan appropriate to regulating different types of emotions.

Meets 1x a week for 5 weeks

Grades 1-2 will meet on Mondays @ 1:30

Grades 3-5 will meet on Mondays @ 2:30

Sign-up here! https://forms.gle/swftu89NAMHxVUt3A


Swimming in a Sea of Friends

Students will meet in small groups to develop and practice social skills including: conversational turn-taking and filtering, listening, playing fair and being a good winner/good loser, expressing feelings and needs with "I" statements, accepting and caring about others, and conflict resolution.

· Meets 1x a week for 6 weeks

Grades 1-2 will meet on Tuesdays @ 1:30

Grades 3-5 will meet on Tuesdays @ 2:30

Sign-up here! https://forms.gle/nXBVXizo9JHdkrw58


Middle School Groups

Cool Kids (NEW)

This group will focus on executive functions based skills. We will work on building academic skills as well as social emotional skills. Group topics include: self-confidence, setting measurable goals, managing emotions and attitudes, strengthening relationships with others, developing positive study habits, and empowering ourselves and others to be positive influences.

· Group meets 1x a week for 6 weeks

· Wednesdays @ 12:00 or 1:00

· Offered in Fall (TBD Spring)

Sign-up here! https://forms.gle/41VNBAiS36SCgf188


Self-Confidence

Students will meet in small groups with the goal of building their self-confidence. Groups will have topics such as (develop healthy self-esteem, develop a positive self-image, practice positive self-talk, building confidence and accepting strengths, weaknesses and setbacks) and opportunities for discussion.

· Meets 1x a week for 5 weeks

· Thursdays @ 12:00 or 1:00

· Sign-up here! https://forms.gle/WetALKA2pY5smyjo6


Light Keepers (Anxiety and Depression)

Offers a chance for students to connect and support one other around shared struggles with anxiety and depression. Groups will explore topics such as triggers, positive self-talk, distorted thinking, social connectedness, and conquering fears. Students will be given opportunities for discussion.

· Meets 1x a month Oct-April

· Sign-up here! LightKeepers Depression/Anxiety Group Sign-up SY2021


High School Groups

Light Keepers (Anxiety and Depression)

Offers a chance for students to connect and support one other around shared struggles with anxiety and depression. Groups will explore topics such as triggers, positive self-talk, distorted thinking, social connectedness, and conquering fears. Students will be given opportunities for discussion.

· Meets 1x a month Oct-April

· Sign-up here! LightKeepers Depression/Anxiety Group Sign-up SY2021


Self-Confidence

Students will meet in small groups with the goal of building their self-confidence. Groups will have topics such as (develop healthy self-esteem, develop a positive self-image, practice positive self-talk, building confidence and accepting strengths, weaknesses and setbacks) and opportunities for discussion.

· Meets 1x a week for 5 weeks

· Wed @ 12:00 or 1:00

· Sign-up here! HS Self-Confidence Group Sign-up SY2021


Learning Coach Support Group

Parenting Children with Mental Health Needs Support Group

Many parents never suspect their child would be struggling with mental health disorders and coaching their child through difficult symptoms. Many times, mental health can shape the family’s way of life. But—NCVA parents are not alone. Many of our students are diagnosed with a variety of mental health difficulties and are enrolled at NCVA because they are more comfortable and thrive in a virtual setting. Parents can benefit from the support and time to connect with other families undergoing the same hurdles and successes.

· Meets 1x a month for 45 minutes

· Times will be on your LC CC Schedule (no need to register)

· Dates:

o October 14 @ 9:00 am: Addressing & Managing Behaviors

o November 4 @ 9:00 am: Encouraging Healthy Social Connectedness

o December 2 @ 9:00 am: Self-Care/Taking Care of Yourself and Your Family