The Mustang Pledge!
We the students of Wagon Wheel Elementary School
Pledge to be:
And Ready, all day and every day.
Improving Kids' Lives Through Counseling
Capistrano Unified School District has taken extraordinary steps to enhance the welfare of its students. Across the District, school counseling has been made a priority. Prior to the 2015/16 school-year, CUSD dramatically increased its hiring and utilization of trained counselors. Thirty counselors were brought in so that all elementary schools could have a part time counselors, all middle schools could have a full time counselor, and all high schools could have two full time counselors. Every CUSD school counselor has a Master's degree, a PPS credential, and is well trained in all domains of student life.
In addition to increasing its staff, the District also developed a comprehensive plan of operation. All CUSD elementary and middle schools now implement the highly respected Second Step curriculum. Through lessons and role play, kids learn how to conduct themselves properly and show respect for others. In addition, some elementary schools and most middle schools are teaching their students conflict mediation. Potential student mediators fill out applications and provide teacher recommendations before they can be considered for the training program. Kids who are chosen as mediators work in pairs and use proven techniques to stay neutral and help their peers resolve difficulties. Second Step and conflict mediation have been extremely effective and have led to a 52% reduction in cases of bullying within the District.
At the high school level, the needs are different. Since teens have indicated that stress and anxiety are their major concerns, counselors have devised ways to help them cope effectively. Students are taught time management, organization, and test-taking skills in order to manage academic challenges. They are also shown techniques, like breathing and stretching, to help them relax when intense situations arise. In all CUSD high schools, tenth graders are instructed in the Signs of Suicide (SOS). Teenage suicides can often be prevented if students learn to recognize the warning signs of depression and ask for help. Following the SOS training sessions, counselors have seen a 30% to 40% increase in student requests for counseling.
Instead of reacting to bad developments, the District is working hard to create positive pathways for its students. Of course, if negative situations arise, counselors are always available to offer assistance. From elementary school to high school, CUSD counseling programs are being implemented systematically and monitored carefully to ensure that goals are being met and students are being helped.
What is a School Counselor?
The Wagon Wheel Elementary School Counseling Program makes every effort to provide support services for your children that will assist in their successful academic, social and emotional growth. School Counselors will advocate, collaborate and facilitate actions that promote a positive school climate, provide opportunity for all students to access their education and achieve personal and academic success to meet the challenges of a rapidly changing world.