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Chagrin Falls


Exempted Village Schools

Guidance

WELCOME TO THE CFIS GUIDANCE PAGE!!
2018-19
 
 
 
NEED TO SEE THE COUNSELOR?
Please click below to fill out request form! 
 
CFIS School Counseling Mission:
Working collaboratively with parents, teachers, administrators, and the community, the Chagrin Falls Intermediate School Counseling Department is committed to advocating for, and meeting, the academic, social, and career needs of every student. We continually strive to deliver a comprehensive school counseling program that identifies barriers to student growth, provides interventions based on the unique needs of each individual, encourages self-actualization, and instills, within every student, a passion for lifelong learning.
 
We believe every student:
1. can achieve success and reach their goals
2. needs to feel valued in order to maximize their potential
3. should be treated with dignity and respect
4. should recognize the importance mistake-making in the learning process and celebrate their trials and errors along their life’s journey
5.  is an individual and has the right to actively participate in his/her educational experience in a way that celebrates their diversity and individuality
6.  may learn differently from peers and that each student should have access to resources that will maximize his/her learning potential
7.  should have access to a licensed school counselor with, at minimum, a Master’s-level education who will serve as an advocate for each student while supporting the school’s mission towards academic achievement
8.  is more than the sum of his/her academic scores and thrives in an environment that addresses the needs of the “whole person”
9.  should have access to a comprehensive school counseling program that addresses the academic, social /emotional, and career needs of each student in a developmentally appropriate manner

GUIDANCE LESSONS

Ever wonder what we talk about in Guidance Class?  
Check out the lessons topics below!
(**CLASSES MEET ONCE DURING THE 6 DAY ROTATION ON DAYS 4,5, or 6**) 
 
8/21 - 8/23:  As a building, we are implementing our new PBIS program, "PAX".  As we build the foundation of this program, all students and teachers are collaborating to create our "PAX Visions".  These are the things that we all want to "See More/Less, Hear More/Less, Do More/Less, and Feel More/Less" of.  In Guidance this week, we created PAX Visions for Lunch and Recess!  Next week:  We begin building relationships!
 
8/24 - 9/30:  We have been having some fun getting to know a little about each other by doing this Getting to Know You Face Drawing activity!!  We have enjoyed seeing some REALLY silly artwork while learning some cool things about our classmates!  We also completed a short Recess Surveyso that I may gauge how students feel and experience recess.  We want to make sure we are doing what we can to make recess a fun and relaxing time for all of our students.  Next couple of weeks:  We will discuss safety precautions while walking/biking around town...just in time for our Walk and Bike to School Day!  We will also talk about my role as School Counselor and all students will be taking the Student Needs Assessment .  The information collected in this assessment will help me identify individual needs of students as well as help to inform my Guidance Class curriculum. 
 
Parents are encouraged to participate in this assessment as well, and may do so by clicking on this link: Parent-Student Needs Assessment
 

ANNOUNCEMENTS FROM THE COUNSELOR:

 

WELCOME BACK STUDENTS!!! 

 

Every student's voice is important!!! 

If your child missed our last Guidance class due to an absence or for Intervention, I would love to have them participate in the RECESS SURVEY that we took!!  They may fill this out at home when it is convenient for them.  Thank you!!!

 

Please help me get to know your child better by filling out the form that was emailed during the first week of school. It can also be accessed here:

Getting To Know Your Child 

THANK YOU!! :) 

 

Mrs. Karen Appell, M.Ed; LPSC 
77 E. Washington St
Chagrin Falls, OH  44022
(440) 247-5500  ext: 4221 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Information about Ohio's Crisis Text Line can be found HERE 
 
 
 
 
CFIS SCHOOL COUNSELING SERVICES
(Availble to all students) 
 
Personal/Social Services
Crisis Intervention
Individual Counseling
Group Counseling
Classroom Guidance
Community resources
Referrals
Social skills
Mediation
 
Academic Services
Study skills
Testing skills
Test anxiety
Gifted Testing
504 Coordination
 
Career Services 
Career exploration
Interests /skills development
Soft Skills needed for College and Career success

PARENT RESOURCES

 "Homework Helpers"
Homework Helpers is an after-school group for students who would like a little extra support with getting schoolwork done.  Group will meet Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays from 3:30 - 4:30.  This group will be supervised by Mrs Appell and Mrs Guggenheim who are availble to help students with homework, organization, and studying.  If you are interested, please fill out this form:
 
CFIS GIFTED AND ADVANCED PLACEMENT INFORMATION
 
GIFTED TESTING WINDOWS  
Gifted testing occurs 4 times per year during the following windows:
 
August 15th - September 15th
November 15th - December 15th
February 15th - March 15th
May 15th - June 15th 
 
**Depending on the number of referrals per window, testing may occur on assigned Saturdays to limit the amount of interruptions to academic instruction** 
 
Referrals should be filled out and returned to Karen Appell no later than the day prior to the first day of the testing window.  Testing that occurs up until June 15th, 2019 will be used to inform placement for the 2019-20 school year. 
 
Information of Interest to Students Entering Grades 7-8 in the 2019-20 School Year 
CFMS Course Overide Process Overview
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