TNS School Counseling Department
The School Counseling Department at The Nokesville School is aligned with particular mindsets and behaviors put forth by the American School Counseling Association, and then established by stakeholders such as students, teachers, families, and community members. The program also addresses standards for both the state of Virginia and Prince William County Public Schools.
Our mission is to deliver a comprehensive and culturally responsive school counseling program that assesses the strengths and needs of all students, staff and community; advocates for the diverse developmental needs of all students based on their multiple intelligences and learning styles; and collaborates with stakeholders to focus on academic, personal/social and career development. Through communication and building positive relationships, the department provides a safe and supportive environment so that all students achieve success in school and are prepared to lead fulfilling lives as responsible members of society in their desired post-secondary path.
The TNS School Counseling Department vision statement is:
A world-class School Counseling Department that inspires and provides lessons in leadership as a foundation for all students to achieve success in life.
The School Counselors at the Nokesville School believe the following:
- All students can achieve and be successful.
- With a comprehensive school counseling program, we can address the developmental needs of every student.
- School counselors are leaders who collaborate & coordinate opportunities for growth academically, socially, and emotionally in every student, which in turn prepares them for future success in career and life.
- The school counselors, administration, staff, School Counseling Advisory Council, parents/guardians, and community all play an integral part in planning, managing, delivering and evaluating the school counseling program.
- As part of a comprehensive school counseling program, data and research based programs are consistently used to guide program goals and the methods to achieve those goals.
- School counselors apply the ASCA ethical standards for school counselors in the ongoing efforts to provide a world-class, comprehensive school counseling program.
What does a School Counselor do?
A School Counselor delivers services through the following:
Students in grades K-5 will be participating in “Lessons in Leadership” that will take place on a regular basis throughout the year. Concepts that will be covered can be found on the School Counseling Department webpage, so be sure to check that frequently. Tips for parents and student work samples will be posted. You won’t want to miss how each topic can help your children be a leader of tomorrow!
Small group sessions are educational opportunities for students to learn and practice new skills, strengthen existing skills and/or learn ways to cope with difficult situations/problems. Typically groups are formed based on students’ needs and take place for 5-8 sessions during the school day. Possible topics are: friendship/social skills, anger & stress management, self-esteem, self-control, changing families, and academic success skills. Please contact Ms. Kaczmarczyk if you are interested in referring your child to one of the groups.
Short term, goal focused, individual counseling is available at the request of parents, teachers, or student self-referral. Referrals to outside agencies will be made if the student’s needs require more support than available at school.
Counseling Program News and Announcements
Elementary Lessons in Leadership - September
So far, students in Grades Kindergarten through Fifth had a chance to meet Mrs. Kaczmarczyk and Mrs. Lenox and find out what a school counselor does. In the upcoming weeks, students will be participating in lessons all about school success skills, such as listening, focusing attention, homework/study habits, organization skills, etc. We will also be working on our first healthy habit, "Be Proactive," which is part our focus series based on the Seven Healthy Habits by Stephen Covey. For more information about the Seven Habits, go to http://www.theleaderinme.org/the-7-habits-for-kids
State Conference Presentations - October and November
We are pleased to announce that Mrs. Kaczmarczyk, our former MS counselor Ms. Anaid, and Dr. Malcolm Ames will be presenting at the Virginia School Counselors Association Conference in October as well as the Virginia Counselors Association in November. We will be presenting on the topic of grief and loss.
Take Away Bullying - Parent Round Table
When: Thursday, Oct. 6th, 2016, 7:00 PM-8:00 PM
Where: Kelly Leadership Center, 14715 Bristow Road Manassas, VA
If you are concerned about bullying, and want to play a role in “Taking It Away,” don’t miss an important discussion at the Kelly Leadership Center at 7 p.m. on Thursday, October 6. Parents and community members will have the opportunity to meet and talk with local and nationally known experts about bullying causes and solutions.
Topics to be covered include cyber-bullying, ways to help all students affected by bullying, promoting “No Place to Hate” in our schools, and getting access to all the resources our schools and community make available.
This discussion is sponsored by Prince William County Public Schools and the PWCS Safe Schools Advisory Council.
Middle School Specialty Program Information Nights
When: Monday, Oct. 10th and Oct. 17th, 7-9pm
Where: 14715 Bristow Road Manassas, VA
Middle school students in Prince William County are offered the options of remaining at their base school, transferring to a specialty program in World Languages, Mathematics and Science, or enrolling in the International Baccalaureate Middle Years Programme or a Traditional School. Fifth-grade students and their parents are invited to explore the wealth of specialty programs available to students by attending these general information sessions.
All programs will be represented both evenings as well as Porter and Pennington Schools.
High School Specialty Program Information Nights
When: Monday, Oct. 24th, 7-9pm
Where: Gar-Field High School, 14000 Smoketown Road Woodbridge, VA
and again on
When: Tuesday, Oct. 25th, 7-9pm
Where: Stonewall Jackson High School, 8820 Rixlew Lane Manassas, VA