• Welcome to Mrs. Hess's Counseling Corner
    Hi students and families, 
    Please email me if you have any questions or need any resources. I will answer my emails during our regular school hours. You can email me at rhess@ems-isd.net. 
    I will also be updating my Counselor's Corner each month through the Family Newsletter. The Family Newsletter will be sent to you through Remind by our campus principal. 
    Take care, and I look forward to a wonderful new school year. 
    Mrs. Hess
    High Country Elementary
    According to the American School Counselor Association, today's school counselors are vital members of the education team. They help all students in the areas of academic achievement, social development and career development, ensuring today's students become the productive, well-adjusted adults of tomorrow. 
    High Country Elementary Counseling Program Outline:
    Monthly Guidance groups focusing on character traits, academic achievement, social and career development
    Small groups offered throughout the year
    Leadership group for students and for faculty
    Hess Helpers - 5th grade mentor program
    PALS - Saginaw High School mentor program
    Individual school counseling/guidance for students
    School wide activities that offer team building and camaraderie, which help build confidence and self-esteem
    Career Cruising to help build and guide a students' academic portfolio and career decision making
    Resources provided for teachers/students
    Community Outreach
    Snackpack Program
    Assistance with a variety of clubs, ie: Run Club
    Section 504
    At High Country Elementary, I offer several groups throughout the school year that provide a safe place for students to share, self express, and learn a variety of coping techniques/strategies  to assist students through difficult or new situations. I also offer groups for academic assistance.
    Groups are created through teacher and parent referrals/requests. Throughout the year, teachers complete a "needs assessment", that guides me on what groups I will provide.
    Parent permission is required  for any student to attend a group. Each group lasts six weeks, meeting once a week. Parents will be notified when the group begins and when the group ends. If a teacher or parent wants a student to attend an additional group, then a new permission slip is required.
    If you have any questions about groups or anything at all, please do not hesitate to contact me. You can contact me via email or work phone.  Please leave a message, and I will get back to you as soon as possible.