City View Counseling Team
“There is a radical and wonderful new idea here … that all children could and should be inventors of their own theories, critics of other people’s ideas, analyzers of evidence, and makers of their own personal marks on the world.” It is an idea with revolutionary implications if we can take it seriously. Educators, mentors, and counselors play a significant role in developing today’s youth.
Alyssa and Michelle are passionate about contributing to the development of future leaders in society from a holistic view; ensuring their social, emotional, and academic needs are met. The goal of the counseling services offered is to cultivate a school environment based on equity and inclusion.
What do we do?
K-8 Counseling Services
Comprehensive School Counseling Program
Endorsed by the National School Counseling Association(ASCA) & the Oregon School Counseling Association(OSCA)
The purpose of Comprehensive School Counseling Programs include:
Integrated into the entire educational program to reach all students
Preventive and intervention focused
Systematically organized by licensed school counselors in collaboration with other professionals
Accountable and evaluation-based
Comprehensive School Counseling Delivery Systems include two components:
Core Curriculum: provides content systematically to ALL students in classroom and small groups
Individual Student Planning: assist students develop education, career and personal plans
Responsive Services: addresses immediate concerns of students
Program Planning & School Support: evaluating the school counseling program, 504, TAG, and shared responsibilities with all school staff
Referrals, Consultation & Collaboration: interacts with others to provide support for student achievement and attend meetings/teams
As School Counselors, we aim to support our students with their academic work in a variety of ways, including:
One on One: We can sit down with students and figure out what roadblocks they may be experiencing that is keeping them from their full academic potential. We can then bring in parties to help the student, whether that's collaborating with teachers, parents, or other support staff.
Guidance Lessons: We provide lessons designed to promote skills necessary for academic success. This can include emotional regulation, time management, study skills, or attention and retention. These will reflect the current needs of students to best augment academic skills taught in the classroom.
Small Groups: Our counselors will offer small groups for students who need extra practice of academic skills beyond the guidance lessons. They will reflect specific needs and will hone in on one specific skill that may benefit a student's academics.
High School Preparation: We understand our students are moving from a small pond into a big lake, and our students experience unique challenges transitioning to high school. Our middle school aims to prepare students for high school by talking about the needed skills and knowledge well before they reach 8th grade. Our counselors also organize lessons, school visits, and student panels to give our students an idea of how to best prepare for the transition to high school.
College/Career Guidance: By helping our students begin to think about their futures and what they may want to do as they become adults, we can build confidence and purpose in school, so that students begin to understand and feel the importance of school and learning. By building this sense of purpose and becoming lifelong learners, we can change how students see school and academics. We can also begin to break stereotypes and give students in historically marginalized groups hope and opportunity.
Consultation/Collaboration: Our teachers will work with our teachers, administrators, parents and support staff to implement interventions in the classroom to help students with academic needs
We are here to support students and families as they navigate City View and beyond. If you have any concerns, questions, or needs, please do not hesitate to contact our counselors.
Social/ Emotional Support
Your counselors can offer Social/Emotional Support in a variety of ways, including:
Individual Support: Our counselors can sit down with students and discuss a variety of social/emotional topics such as identity, relationships, home life, depression, anxiety, suicidal thoughts/actions, anger, peer conflicts, or anything else your student may be experiencing.
Small Groups: Our counselors will work with small groups of students around specific social/emotional needs such as grief/loss, separate families, healthy relationships, emotional regulation, and any need presented by students.
Note: In accordance with ethical standards, counselors will maintain confidentiality except under the following conditions:
1. Someone is hurting the student
2. The student has or has plans to hurt another
3. The student has or has plans to hurt themselves
4. The student gives permission for information to be shared
Guidance Lessons: We will offer lessons that target the entire student body around Social/Emotional needs. These could include brain development, emotional regulation, abuse reporting, suicide awareness, conflict resolution/mediation, healthy relationships, and any other need presented by the student body.
Care Coordinators: Should a student or family need help finding outside resources, particularly around finding a mental health therapist, our counselors can refer families to Care Coordinators who can work with insurance needs of the family to find appropriate outside care.
Community Resources: Our counselors have a variety of knowledge around community resources available to help families meet basic needs, such as food, housing, clothing, school supplies, etc. Our counselors are always willing to talk about needs you or your student may have and where to find resources to help. This includes resources for families with needs based on race, gender, lgbtq, language, disabilities, etc.
Consultation/Collaboration: Our teachers will work with our teachers, administrators, parents and support staff to implement interventions in the classroom to help students with social/emotional needs.
We are here to support students and families as they navigate City View and beyond. If you have any concerns, questions, or needs, please do not hesitate to contact our counselor
Travis works to provide a Wellness Room for students. They work with students to teach about the Zones of Regulation and tools students can use when they are experiencing certain emotions that take them out of the green zone, or the learning zone. These can include mindfulness techniques, body exercises, and manipulatives students can incorporate into the classroom. The goal is for students to become experts in what works for them and be able to use these strategies, inconspicuously, in the classroom.
Ms. Krystle works incredibly hard on collaborating with the counseling team and teaching staff to come up with data-driven interventions that increase student performance and success in and out of the classroom.
Online SEL Resources
Student Video Links
Mind Yeti Mindfulness Videos- Spanish
Mind Yeti Mindfulness Videos- English
4-7-8 Breathing Exercise by GoZen
Have a Blast With This Family Fun Cardio Workout!
Bring It Down - Flow | GoNoodle
Managing Worry & Anxiety for Kids
DJ Learns the Zones of Regulation
The Color Monster, A Story About Emotions
Coronavirus Information for Kids
The Imagine Neighborhood (podcasts)
Little Children Big Challenges from Second Steps Committee for Children
Perseverance for Students -Episode 1/3
Student Reading Recommendations
Zones Nook Book (Video stories with The Zones of Regulation)
17 Children's Books for Anxious Kids Huff Post Life
Books About Empathy and Kindness
Behavioral Health and Wellness Resources for Parents & Children
Care Coordinator: Pam Sturtevant
(503) 844-1236 ext. 5969
McKinney-Vento Liason: Christopher Barriere
Principal: Nicole Kopacz email@example.com
Get in touch!
Middle school counselor: firstname.lastname@example.org
Primary counselor: email@example.com