Creekside Elementary School is a Indiana Gold Star School Counseling Award winner, and will also receive the RAMP Award from the American School Counselor Association in June of 2013. These awards designate Creekside's school counseling program as an excellent program.
The mission of Creekside Elementary School’s Counseling Program is to maximize every student’s social, educational and career development potential in order to become responsible citizens and lifelong learners.
What is a School Counselor?
As a school counselor, I am an educator trained in school counseling, just as other educators are trained in math, science, or English. My goal at Creekside is to develop, implement, and evaluate a comprehensive school counseling program designed to meet the needs of ALL students.
Assistance provided to some students who may need help to overcome social and/or personal problems that interfere with learning.
A support group for students who share a common concern. Parent permission is required to participate.
Assistance provided to all students to succeed and interact with their peers. These lessons are taught in the classroom once a month.
Tasks to create an environment that encourages high schievement for all students.
Activities to connect parents and families with resources in the community and consultation with parents and other staff to help meet the needs of students at home and in the classroom.
How can a student see the counselor?
ConfidentialityThe rules of confidentiality for counselors are very different from those of teachers. Confidentiality is important to maintain a trusting relationship with students. Students are told that what they tell Miss Lowe is a 'secret' unless someone is in danger. Only then will Miss Lowe tell someone to make sure they are safe and healthy. Information is never disclosed to other staff members, parents or students unless permission is granted. If a student discloses information deemed crucial to a child's safety or well-being, the student is informed that his/her parents must be notified.
Samantha Vidal, M.S., NCC