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Weekly Counseling Schedule

Mr. Long is on-campus at Wagon Wheel each Tuesday & Thursday.

Counseling Curriculum

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Second Step is a Social Emotional Learning (SEL) curriculum that has been adopted by the Capistrano Unified School District. School Counselors at the Elementary and Middle School levels are conducting lessons within your child's classroom every month. Second Step addresses concepts and strategies related to foundation skills for learning as well as empathy, emotion management and problem solving.

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School Counseling Program

The Mustang Pledge!

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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.

Meet Mr. Long!

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I am thrilled to be assigned as the School Counselor at Wagon Wheel! Since arriving to Capistrano USD, I have served as a School Counselor at Hidden Hills, Crown Valley and Don Juan Avila Elementary Schools and Las Flores Middle School.  Before arriving at Capistrano USD, I spent 17 years in a number of student support positions within the Placentia-Yorba Linda Unified School District.  I earned my School Counseling Credential from University of California, Riverside and my Master of Arts in Counseling from La Sierra University. I believe that school counseling is profoundly important at the elementary school level where students are just developing their learning skills, character and behavior that sets the stage for their lifelong success. When I am not working with students, you can find me and my family hiking in the mountains or boating at the beach. See you on campus!

Rachel's Challenge


For the past 3 years, WWES students have made a pledge to accept Rachel's Challenge. During that time, students recorded at least 416 documented acts of kindness & compassion as displayed by chains in the Multi-Purpose Room and Library!  Rachel Scott, a victim of the tragedy at Columbine High School, continues to inspire our students with her message of kindness and compassion. This year’s Rachel’s Challenge assembly will focus on the specific goal of contributing to our positive school climate through “Deliberate Acts of Kindness”.

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Non-Discrimination Statement

The Capistrano Unified School District prohibits discrimination, harassment, intimidation, and bullying in all district activities, programs, and employment based upon actual or perceived gender, gender identity, gender expression, race, ethnicity, color, religion, ancestry, nationality, national origin, ethnic group identification, sex, sexual orientation, marital or parental status, pregnancy, age, physical or mental disability or on the basis of a person’s association with a person or group with one or more of these actual or perceived characteristics. Reference: AR 1312.3, BP 1312.3 and BP 5183.

Rich Montgomery, Executive Director, Human Resource Services/Compliance
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