School Counseling at Highland School

Partners for Student Success 

Dear Parents,

Elementary school counseling at Highland uses a proactive approach, designed to reach all students and to prepare them for learning. Our aim is to promote academic achievement through the development of self-confidence, self-control, communication, and problem solving skills. We achieve this goal through teaching classroom lessons, facilitating group and individual counseling services, organizing special programs, and consulting and collaborating with teachers, parents, administrators, and outside service providers.

We look forward to supporting every student at Highland School as we work together to provide an environment where each child can thrive academically, socially, and personally, and achieve to his or her full potential.


Our Role…

Parent Collaboration

The counselors collaborate with parents and are available for:

  • Informal conferences

  • Parent/Teacher/Counselor conferences

  • Parent education programs

Group Counseling

Small group counseling allows children with similar experiences an opportunity to come together to tackle common challenges. Through this group interaction, children are helped to develop positive coping skills, enabling them to achieve both in and outside of school.

Group topics include:

  • New students to Highland school

  • Friendships/Social skills

  • Family Changes

  • Grief and loss

  • Study skills

  • Problem solving/Conflict resolution

Individual Counseling

The counselors meet with individual students as needed. Referrals may be initiated by teachers, parents, administration, or students.

Topics include but are not limited to:

  • Friendships

  • Family transitions

  • Time management/Organization

  • Homework/Study skills

  • Anger/Stress management

  • Building self-esteem

  • Problem solving/Conflict resolution

Developmental School Counseling Curriculum

The school counselors visit each classroom a minimum of three times per year to deliver lessons. These lessons teach children the skills they need in order to be successful in school and in life. The lessons also provide an opportunity for each student to get to know their counselor.

This instruction, which is skill-based and developmentally appropriate, covers the following areas:


Lesson 1

Lesson 2

Lesson 3


Identifying and Expressing Feelings

Anger and Stress Management

Friendship Skills          Empathy


Appreciating Differences

Empathy; Responding to Others' Feelings

Handling Bullying Behaviors


Handling Bullying Behaviors

Problem Solving

Self Confidence Peer Pressure


Anger and Stress Management

Growth Mindset

Empathy; Perspective Taking


Respect; Kindness




Handling Bullying

Study Skills

Decision Making


Handling Bullying

Goal Setting / Naviance

Career Exploration


Individual Planning

The counselors provide ongoing activities and services to help all students in developing, monitoring, and evaluating their own academic, personal, and career goals. Our 6th graders will be introduced to a software tool called Naviance. They will begin the creation of an online personal portfolio that will remain with them through high school.

School counselors teach students at all grade levels to:

  • RESPECT themselves, others and property.

  • DEMONSTRATE effective communication and conflict resolution skills

  • APPLY responsible decision-making in their daily lives

  • SET REALISTIC GOALS for their future and to then attain them

  • LEARN SKILLS necessary for academic and personal success

  • UNDERSTAND how academics lead to life success

  • LEARN about the relationship between school and work

Please don’t hesitate to reach out to us with any questions or concerns that you may have about your child(ren).



Kathleen Scully, School Counselor

Mike Asal, School Counselor

Jennifer Calvo, School Psychologist


Highland Elementary School

490 Highland Avenue

Cheshire, CT. 06410