Welcome to Altruria Elementary's School Counseling website! We are excited to have the opportunity to serve your students and help them have a successful year!
This year, we have added a classroom pet to the Counseling Classroom; a guinea pig named Bacon. Classroom pets serve as great therapeutic tools for children. Did you know that having a hamster, guinea pig, lizard or even goldfish in the classroom has real educational, leadership and character building value? Moreover, a class pet can teach children important values like compassion, empathy, respect, and responsibility for other living things, as well as give them much-needed leadership skills and stress relief.
Pets Aid In Improving School Attendance Students become excited about school because they get to see their animal friends! Pets Encourage Nurturing Kids soon learn that if they want their classroom pet to be happy and healthy, they’ll need to treat it carefully and kindly. Pets Build Self Esteem Helping to take care of a pet gives a child a sense of pride and accomplishment. Pets Promote Empathy By caring for a pet, children develop an increased awareness of the needs and feelings of others,and see how their actions affect their little friends. Pets Teach Responsibility Having to take care of a pet builds a sense of responsibility in children. Pets Stimulate Learning When classroom pets are included in the lesson plan, students will approach learning with a new enthusiasm and interest. Pets Enrich The Classroom Experience Not only do pets bring a new excitement for learning, but they provide a warm and welcoming environment for students. Pets Become Friends Pets provide kids with unconditional love and support. They become a confidant and a non-judgmental friend. Kids benefit from exposure to pets in the classroom in ways that help to shape their lives for years to come.
Testimonials "My students have been performing better academically as well as behavior wise. The pets help motivate my students to learn. When they are used in a lesson, my students are automatically interested in learning the material because it has to do with something they like." - Diana Albanez | Los Angeles, CA
"When school first started six weeks ago, I had to write multiple referrals per day for violent acts. Since Ella the Guinea Pig came to share our classroom, I have not had any violent acts and the noise level has gone way down because they don't want her to be frightened. The best part is watching the empathy they developed for Ella begin to transfer to their peers. Ella has done something in four weeks that I may or may not have been able to do all year." - Marie Roberts | Fort Worth, TX
School Counseling Mission
The mission of the Altruria School Counseling Program is to provide a comprehensive, developmental counseling program that addresses the academic, social, and emotional needs of all students. Through advocacy, leadership, and collaboration, school counselors are professional student advocates who provide support to maximize student potential and academic achievement. In partnership with our stakeholders, Altruria Elementary School Counselors facilitate and coordinate a multi-tiered support system to ensure that all students are prepared and have access to the knowledge and skills necessary to become globally competitive, lifelong learners.
What a student says to Ms. Bond or Mrs. Reese will remain confidential, unless: 1. Someone is hurting them 2. They plan to hurt someone else 3. They are hurting themselves