Mrs. Lashonda Davis, M.Ed., School Counselor
The mission of the Park Elementary School Counseling Program is to provide a comprehensive, data-driven, school counseling program that is accessible to all students. We work with students and families to identify barriers to learning to ensure equity and access to resources for all families. We cultivate a safe and supportive environment through positive connections and empower our students to reach their full potential.
3 Tips for a Successful School Year
- Get Involved Whether your child is starting preschool or their senior year of high school, at Park Elementary we provide every opportunity for you to get involved. Make it a point to attend Open House. This will be a great opportunity for you to meet your child’s teacher and learn about the curriculum in more detail.
- Communicate with the School Communication is key for success in any facet in life. Regarding your child’s education, it is essential for you to communicate regularly with teachers and administrators regarding your child’s progress. Do not be afraid to ask questions or speak about a problem that you have noticed with your child.
- Communicate with Your Child Communication with the school is only one part of the solution. You must have an open line of communication with your child. Make sure your child knows that you are available to help, without judgment. Talk to your child about school. Ask about issues he or she may be having in regards to how classes are going to how he or she gets along with other children in school.
Preparing for the Future
Elementary school is not too early to start teaching your child about career awareness. It is important for your child to become aware of how his or her schooling is connected to a successful future. If your child likes to help people, talk about different ways he or she can do that in a career, such as working as a nurse, doctor, athletic trainer, family counselor, or child care worker. If your child is very social, discuss how people who like to talk and work with people may choose to work as a teacher, a lawyer, a customer service representative, a receptionist or conference planner. If your child likes art, talk about how you can use art to design houses, clothing, magazines ads, movie sets and toys. Explain how art is used to draw cartoons, arrange flowers, and take photos for magazines. If your child likes to keep others safe, talk to your child about a career as a police officer, a forensic scientist, a detective, an investigator, a parole officer, a security. Careers are all around us. When you are at home have your child look around a room and think of all of the careers that were needed to create that room. You will be able to come up with quite a list starting with architect, builder, painters, plumbers, electrician, etc.
Transitioning to Middle School
The transition to middle is the first big change for your child. Though your child may barely be entering puberty and may still be a pre-teen, the transition to middle school is a big step on the road to maturity. A big, scary step. While you won’t be able to calm your child’s fears completely, with some advance planning and open discussions you can substantially ease their mind. The first step is understanding what may worry your child. Contact Mrs. Davis if you are uncertain about choosing the middle school that is best for your child.