Guidance

  • Our Sunland Park Guidance Counselor, Ms. Lopez, offers a number of services to our students and parents. Some of these services include, individual counseling, parent conferences, referrals to outside agencies, small group counseling, social/emotional or behavorial difficulties, and much more. Should you need any of our services, feel free to call the guidance office at (754) 322-8500, OPTION #3.

     

    WHO IS A COUNSELOR?

    A Counselor is an adult friend to CHILDREN.

    A Counselor is someone you can talk to when you feel...SAD.

    A Counselor is someone you talk to when you feel...ANGRY.

    A Counselor is someone you talk to when you feel... FRIGHTENED.

    A Counselor is someone you talk to when you feel...PROUD.

    A Counselor is someone you talk to when you need to share...SOMETHING VERY SPECIAL.

    A Counselor is someone who listens...NO MATTER WHAT YOU HAVE TO SAY.

     

    For your child to do their best, it is important for them to be here during the scheduled administration of testing.

     

    To Maximize the Testing Experience :

    • On the day of the test, discuss what the test means.  Reassure your child.  Advise him/her to listen carefully to the teacher’s direction and try their best.  Remind your child to read directions carefully and be on the lookout for directions that have more than one step.
    • Discourage cramming.  It won’t help.  Standardized achievement tests cover much more schoolwork that can be learned in a few hours.
    • Urge your child to take all tests seriously and to keep working (and not give up) on difficult tasks.
    • Ensure your child gets a good night’s sleep.
    • Be sure your child is physically prepared the day of testing.  Test taking is hard work.  It takes physical and mental energy.  See to it that your child receives a nutritious breakfast and lunch.
    • Make every effort to have your child arrive at school promptly every day, but especially on the day(s) of testing.  Though make-up testing is given to absent students, children usually feel more comfortable testing in their own environment with their peers.
    • Start the day with a smooth take-off and end it with a smooth landing. Try to maintain a relaxed atmosphere at home in the morning. How a child begins the day greatly influences the events and outcome of that day.
    • Don’t forget the glasses!  If your child requires eyewear for reading, please make sure they have them for testing.
    • Pass along any information about unusual circumstances on test day, such as illness or other relevant information.
    • Keep sick children at home.  If your child has a high temperature or is ill, give them time to rest and recuperate so they can get back to school as soon as they are well.

    Four things parents can control that account for 88 percent of the difference in student mathematics scores and 91 percent of the difference in reading scores:

    • Student attendance at school
    • The variety of available reading materials at home
    • The amount of television children watch
    • The amount of time parents read with their children

    (Source:  Strong Families, Strong Schools – U.S. Department of Education, 1995.)

                                              

    OTHER IMPORTANT INFORMATION

    First Call for Help
    http://211-broward.org/
    Phone Number: 211 or 954-537-0211
    A 24 hour referral and crisis intervention helpline program for food, shelter, children and teen issues, substance abuse, depression, family problems and other needs.

    ACCESS Florida:  Food Assistance, Medicaid and Kidcare
    1-866-762-2237 or
    http://www/myflorida.com/accessflorida