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School counselors make a difference

Theresa Hamilton
Garfield Re-2 Director of Districtwide Services

Our young people live in an exciting time, with an increasingly diverse society, new technologies and expanding opportunities. To help our students become the next generation of parents, workers, leaders and citizens, they need support, guidance and opportunities during childhood, a time of rapid growth and change.

School counselors help all students become successful in both their educational endeavors and in life. National School Counseling Week, sponsored by the American School Counselor Association (ASCA), is Feb. 2-6 and highlights the tremendous impact that counselors have in helping students achieve school success and plan for a career.

“We are as responsible for student achievement as every teacher,” said Rifle High School counselor Cindy Skinner. “There will be times when kids have experiences that influence how they perform at school, and we can help them through that.”



This special week provides recognition for school counselors who help students examine their abilities, strengths, interests and talents; work in a partnership with parents as they encounter the challenges of raising children in today’s world; focus on positive ways to enhance students’ social/personal, educational and career development; and work with teachers and other educators to provide an educational system where students can realize their potential and set healthy, realistic and optimistic aspirations for themselves.

“It’s not just about academics. It’s about the whole child, including their emotional and social well-being and how to be good to people,” added Roy Moore Elementary counselor Lori Thompson.



While school counselors help our students work through difficult times, they also help create strong positive experiences through enriching programs like link leaders, Breaking Down the Walls, peer counseling, safe school ambassadors, flying high, counselors corner and many, many more district wide. These programs help build trust and positive relationships between the students and the counselor.

“I believe that school counselors are a real integral part of the system,” said Rifle Middle School counselor Dana Maki. “The job of a school counselor is to support student achievement and help with the things that get in the way of that.”

Be sure to thank the Garfield Re-2 school counselors ” Cindy Skinner, Rick Schmitz, Beth Sass, Dana Maki, Tim Fifer, Bruce Gallagher, Lori Thompson, Erin Dizura and Kristin Greenstreet ” for the care and support that they provide to our students.

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Congratulations to the Rifle High School speech team. The team competed at Heritage High School Jan. 30-31. Hailey McDonald, Jason Dowd, Sean Johnson, Lauren Tenney, and Alicia Eggen all qualified for the state competition. Dowd, Johnson, Tenney and Eggen competed in Interpretation of Humor, and McDonald competed in Creative Storytelling. McDonald placed 1st in the State.

Important dates:

February

5 7p.m. Roy Moore 4th-grade program

9 7p.m. RHS Pep Band

12 7p.m. Highland 2nd-grade program

19 7p.m. Wamsley 2nd-grade music program

19 7p.m. Highland 4th-grade Choir concert


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