Counseling and Wellness

St. George's Counseling and Wellness Tamara Claverie Molly Sanders
St. George's Counseling and Wellness Tamara Claverie Molly Sanders

Counseling services are part of a comprehensive education and personal growth program at St. George’s for all students. The Director of Counseling and Wellness is a licensed professional counselor and oversees all areas of counseling and wellness services.  In all divisions, students may be referred by administration, faculty, parents or by the student themselves to meet with one of the counselors, Director of Counseling and Wellness and Early Childhood School Counselor. The school counselors are available to assist students who may be experiencing emotional, social, developmental or situational difficulties. Students in need of ongoing therapy are referred to an outside professional by the counseling department. Counseling may include consultation with peers, teachers, administrators, and with consent, outside mental health professionals. The counselors are available as a resource for students, families, faculty and administrators through individual meetings, group meetings, staffings and orientations.


Life Skills Program

Life Skills classes are built into the schedule for students in K-8th grades. The classes practice mindfulness, foster the development of empathy and promote proactive social/emotional skill building through discussions, at age appropriate levels. 

The objectives of Life Skills are as follows:

  • To further encourage the development of self-esteem and self-confidence. 

  • To promote an inclusive, respectful and positive school atmosphere.

  • To reduce the likelihood of negative risk-taking behaviors and develop the courage and confidence to take positive risks.

  • To promote the social and emotional growth of students, thereby helping develop healthy, contributing St. George’s Citizens and members of society.

St. George’s program is created by integrating a variety of social skills programs and drug abuse prevention programs to create our own.  Life Skills includes information that is important and relevant to our students’ lives in each grade level. The overall objectives are considered within each specific unit.  The following are general grade specific units covered.

Kindergarten Life Skills  (meet for 12 weeks of life skills in the second trimester)

  • Character Development Unit focused on St. George’s citizenship and the four core values

  • Social Skills Development Unit focused on feelings recognition and expression, friendship and conflict resolution.

1st  Grade Life Skills (meets weekly throughout the school year)

  • Encouraging a Respectful School Environment

  • Social Thinking

  • Feelings

  • Friendship

  • Similarities and Differences

  • Telling or Reporting Versus "Tattling" (knowing when to ask for help)

  • Anger Management and Positive Problem Solving

  • Self-Esteem

2nd  Grade Life Skills (meets weekly throughout the school year)

  • Citizenship: Integrity, Perseverance, Compassion & Respect and how this contributes to a respectful school environment.

  • Feelings

  • Empathy

  • Getting Along

  • Problem Solving

  • Telling or Reporting Versus Tattling (knowing when to ask for help)

  • Overall Health

  • Friendship

  • Self-Esteem

3rd Grade Life Skills (meets weekly throughout the school year)

  • Encouraging a Respectful School Environment

  • Teasing, Bullying & Speaking Up

  • Social Thinking

  • Challenges for Life Program*

  • Problem Solving

  • Empathy

  • Appreciating and Accepting Differences

  • Introduction to Setting Goals and Future Career Interests

* Challenges for Life is a confidence-building program designed by Dr. Andy Burka, a clinical psychologist at Ochsner Clinic who specializes in working with children and adolescents.  The curriculum is a sequence of challenging, but fun activities in which students develop skills such as goal setting, resiliency, positive self talk and positive risk taking.

4th  Grade Life Skills (meets weekly throughout the school year)

  • Encouraging a Respectful School Environment

  • Citizenship and Character Development

  • Mendez 4th Grade Too Good for Drugs Program  (presented by CADA – the Council on Alcohol Drug Abuse)

  • Empathy

  • Self-Esteem and Making Healthy Decisions

  • Coping Skills (Challenges for Life Program Review)

5th Grade Life Skills (meets weekly throughout the entire school year)

  • Encouraging a Respectful School Environment

  • Adjustment to Middle School

  • Stress

  • Time Management

  • Communication

  • Friendship and Conflict Resolution

  • Internet use and CyberSafety

6th Grade Life Skills (meets weekly during the second trimester)

  • Encouraging a Respectful School Environment

  • Overall Health and Wellness

  • Nutrition

  • Changes of Adolescence & Puberty

  • Self-Esteem

  • Developing Social Awareness and Decision Making

7th Grade Life Skills (meets weekly during the first and second trimester)

  • Encouraging a Respectful School Environment

  • Drug Prevention Education (presented by CADA – the Council on Alcohol & Drug Abuse)

  • Body Image and Eating Disorders 

  • Media Literacy, Advertising, and the Impact of Gender Stereotypes 

  • Understanding and Managing Feelings

  • Peer Pressure, Popularity and Friendship

  • Human Sexuality, Healthy Relationships and Responsibility

8th grade Life Skills (meets weekly during the first trimester)

  • Setting a Positive Example and Encouraging St. George’s Citizenship and a Bully-Free School

  • Peer Aggression and Harassment, including Sexual Harassment

  • Communication

  • Depression and Suicide 

  • Self-Esteem

  • Responsible Behaviors

It is our hope that the skills and knowledge learned in the program are carried into the daily lives of our students during their time at St. George's and beyond. 

Kindness Program

Preschool through Pre-K4 students participate in Kindness Class with Mrs. Molly Sanders, our Early Childhood Counselor. The class focuses on the Kindness Curriculum, a mindfulness-based set of lessons and practices in which students will learn a new kind of ABC's: Attention, Breath and Body, and Caring. Researchers at the University of Wisconsin-Madison's Center for Healthy Minds created the Kindness Curriculum in an effort to explicitly teach mindfulness, empathy and compassion to students in early childhood and early elementary school. The curriculum includes children's books, music, movement and other activities to teach and instill concepts related to kindness and compassion.

Buddy Program

Students in Pre-K4 - 8th grade participate in the Buddy Program. The 7th and 8th graders buddy up with the Pre-K4 and Kindergarten students for activities, outings and art projects throughout the year. First and 4th graders, 2nd and 5th graders, and 3rd and 6th graders will be buddies and remain buddies until the 1st graders are then 4th graders themselves. Activities are planned for all buddy pairs periodically throughout the year, further enhancing St. George's sense of community.

Advisory Program

The Middle School advisory program is designed to enhance the culture and community in the middle school as well as provide opportunities for further character development and appreciation of St. George’s core values.  Faculty members are appointed as advisors to one group of 5th - 8th grade students, whom they meet with daily throughout the year. Advisory groups are small, same grade level groups to provide a safe and inclusive environment for students. A discussion topic is provided for one meeting per week by the Director of  Counseling and Wellness to promote healthy and meaningful discussions, to continually develop integrity, perseverance, compassion and respect.  

Advisory leaders are an additional support for their advisees with discipline challenges. Leaders will check in and check out daily with their advisee student as needed based on the Middle School Tier discipline system.

Peace Pledge

As St. George's citizens, our students demonstrate integrity, perseverance, compassion and respect. To keep our school safe, friendly and peaceful, all students pledge to:

  1. Speak up. Tell the bully to stop and ask for help when needed.
  2. Reach out. Be a buddy, not a bully or bystander.
  3. Be KIND, RESPECTFUL and FRIENDLY to everyone!

Download the Student Code of Conduct



No Place For Hate

St. George's is recognized as a "No Place for Hate School" by the Anti-Defamation League for our efforts to keep our school a respectful environment for all.