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