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Issue 12 Articles

TCAP Writing Assessment

Open Zoned Schools for 2012-13

Kindergarten Registration

Spring Hill Walkway to be Built

Fairview Elem. International Club

Funding Process Survey Results

WCS Teachers Earn National Board Certification

Scholastic Art Award Winners

Counselor Connects

Superintendent Evaluation Released

Tips for Avoiding the Flu

WCS Activity Contest

BHS Shakespeare Competition

WKRN News 2 Donates Desk to Summit High

Summit High Dual Enrollment Night

Awards & Accolades

Parent Representatives Needed

Coffee with Carol February 10

wcsLink Parent Training

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National School Counseling Week

By Edmondson Elementary School Counselor Nancy Rose

National School Counseling Week, sponsored by the American School Counselor Association (ASCA), will be celebrated February 6–10.  The week will focus attention on the unique contribution of professional school counselors within school systems and how students are different as a result of what school counselors do.  National School Counseling Week highlights the tremendous impact school counselors can have in helping students achieve school success and plan for a career.

"This week provides recognition for school counselors who implement comprehensive school counseling programs," said Williamson County Schools Counseling Specialist Pam Lankford.  "These programs are a vital part of the educational process for all students as they meet the challenges of the 21st century."

Lankford said WCS school counselors provide a number of services which include helping students examine their abilities, strengths, interests and talents; working in a partnership with parents as they encounter the challenges of raising children in today's world; focusing on positive ways to enhance students' social/personal, educational and career development; and working with teachers and other educators to provide an educational system where students can realize their potential and set healthy, realistic and optimistic aspirations for themselves.  Professional school counselors are certified, experienced educators with a master's degree in guidance and counseling. The combination of their training and experience makes them an integral part of the total educational program.

More than 29,000 school counselors nationwide will be participating in the week's festivities.  Williamson County Schools has 28 elementary counselors, 21 middle school counselors and 34 high school counselors.  Many school counselors will be hosting special events and activities to call attention to the many benefits of a comprehensive school counseling program.  Check with your child’s school to see what wonderful things are happening through the school counseling program.

Deb Finch (left) and Nancy Rose are among the district's 83 school counselors, many of whom will be participating in National School Counseling Week February 6-10.

Important Dates

Tuesday, February 1, TCAP Writing Assessment

Friday, February 17, Half day for students due to teacher staff development

Monday, February 20, No school for students due to districtwide staff development

Tuesday, March 6, End of third quarter grading period

Friday, March 9,
No school for students due to site based staff development

Friday, March 30, Half day for students, teacher staff development

Monday-Friday, April 2-6, No school due to Spring Break

April 27-May4, TCAP Assessment for grades 3-8

Friday-Wednesday, May 18-23, Semester exams

May 23, Half day for students and end of second semester

Friday-Sunday, May 25-27, Graduation window

For other dates, check with each individual school



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