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Welcome to the Sugar Creek Elementary Guidance Website!
I am Ms. Apple, the school counselor and I am excited to be in my 17th year at Sugar Creek Elementary School!
Guidance Program FAQs
What if I have a dire emergency after hours such as a threat of self harm, harm to others or knowledge of child abuse?
Call 911 for such emergencies. There are also hotline numbers for suicide prevention and other crises, as well as the Indiana Child Abuse and Neglect Hotline on the right side of this page, under pageLinks.
When is the best time to call the counselor?
What is the best time to call the counselor: 2:45 p.m. and on.
**If it is about a death or other crisis, call 794-4855 and dial extension '0' to talk to Margie who can help in getting timely assistance.
Best time for face to face appointments:
It is always best to call or email to set up a time to meet. I am flexible and will work with you to see you as soon as possible. I do have daily duties first thing in the morning and I also teach classes during the day and see several students individually and in groups at designated times each week, so it is best that we set up a time to meet, so you will not have to wait.
What does an elementary guidance counselor do?
I wear many hats as the counselor. Some of the tasks I do are: teach weekly classes, conduct counseling groups, see students individually, counselor parents, assist with crises, consult with teachers, administrators, parents and other agencies and schools, attend case conferences, coordinate the Student Success Team, observations, coordinate College Go Week, No Bullying Week and Red Ribbon Week, assist with transitioning students to middle school, teach Crisis Prevention to staff members and much more. I also coordinate ISTEP, so during the standardized testing season, my availability is typically limited to emergencies.
What is 'Guidance Class'?
I am lucky to be at Sugar Creek full time, so I can do both prevention and intervention! I teach in all classrooms during the school year (the kids call it 'Guidance Class'). The areas of focus for Guidance Class are: Academic Development, Personal and Social Development and Career Education. The lessons are based on the Indiana Standards for Guidance. Some specific examples of what I teach in Guidance Class are: stranger safety, internet safety, refusal skills, and Character Counts!
What is Character Counts?
Sugar Creek is a Character Counts School! We focus on the Six Pillars of Character: Trustworthiness, Respect, Responsibility Fairness, Caring and Citizenship. The easy way to remember those are to use the first letters of each word. T.R.R.F.C.C. (when sounded out, sounds like the word TERRIFIC)! There is a link to the right of this page about Character Counts, if you would like to learn more! A catch phrase the kids will frequently hear in Guidance Class is: Character Counts, everywhere, all of the time, even when no one is looking!'.
How does a parent or child get an appointment to see the counselor?
How are referrals made: 1.Self referrals by note, or in person. 2. Tell the teacher 3. Parent or student can call me at 794-4855 ext. 226 or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. 4. Teacher or staff referral 5. Send in a note.
What type of referrals come to a guidance counselor?
Divorce adjustment, death of a significant person, anger issues, adoption, abandonment, low self confidence, friendship, stress, trauma, moving, conflict resolution, mental illness, bullying, managing emotions, significant illness in child or family, organizational challenges, foster home, abuse and neglect, and any other issues touching the lives of children, which impact their ability to function in the school setting and to reach their potential.
Does Guidance Counseling take the place of my child's agency counselor?
No. I will be happy to communicate (with your written permission) with your child's agency counselor if it will be helpful in their treatment, and work in coordination with the counselor as part of a team to help your child be successful. Individual school counseling is typically done on a short term basis, and is meant to help with issues that are impeding with learning. Agency counseling is a more in depth form of therapy than school counseling. School couseling is not a replacement for outside agency therapy. There is a link to a list of agency counselors on this page on the right hand side on the bottom right hand side.
I have more questions, how can I get answers?
Call: 765-794-4855 ext. 226