Whether your children are returning students or brand-new to the school, welcome to Ben Franklin; the Friendly School that Takes Care! 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.
Take Care is the theme of our character education program through which students are encouraged to take care of (1) themselves, (2) others, (3) our school, and (4) our community and the earth. The program is 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). Students who are “caught” taking care are celebrated at our monthly spirit day.
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 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.
But 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. 4005 or firstname.lastname@example.org if I can be of any assistance.
Mrs. Corrine (Cory) Rutt