Welcome, and thank you for taking a few moments to learn more about school counseling at Ben Franklin School. As the school counselor, I wear many hats. Leading the character education program, consulting with teachers and parents, providing classroom guidance lessons, and meeting with students individually and in groups are just a few of my roles.
Our character education theme changes yearly. This year, our theme is "You've Got a Friend in Me". Our social emotional learning and character education programs are designed to help our students achieve socially, emotionally, and academically. Classroom lessons teach social-emotional skills (like conflict resolution) and character traits (i.e., fairness, trustworthiness, caring, respect, responsibility and citizenship). Kindness and the pillars of character are celebrated monthly at our school-wide Spirit Day Assembly.
Meeting with children individually and in small groups is another area of focus. Groups are formed on an as-needed basis and typically introduce or refine strategies that help students enhance their social skills, develop or maintain friendships, and/or manage their emotions. Groups usually meet six to eight times. Referrals for individual or group counseling can be made by teachers, parents, or guardians. Parental permission is obtained before entering a student into a counseling group or for individual counseling sessions that will continue for more than several weeks.
I also serve as Ben Franklin’s Anti-Bullying Specialist. You can find more information about the Harassment, Intimidation, and Bullying law in NJ and my role in this regard on the district website.
No matter which hat I am wearing, my focus is consistently on helping our students grow into life-long learners and responsible citizens. I look forward to partnering with you so that together, we can encourage our students to reach their highest potential.
Please feel free to reach out to me at (609) 671-5540 ext. 5545 or firstname.lastname@example.org if I can be of any assistance.
Mrs. Corrine (Cory) Rutt