Counselor's Corner

colourful peopleGreetings, Oakville families! My name is Holly Salters, and I currently serve as Oakville Elementary's School Counselor. It is a true joy and privilege to be a part of the Oakville community. I hold a Master of Arts in Counseling from Missouri Baptist University and an Educational Specialist degree from the University of Missouri-Columbia in Counseling Psychology and Mental Health Practices in Schools. 

My school counseling certification spans grades K-12, but elementary is truly where my heart lies. I am a firm believer in the importance of early intervention and prevention. My goal is to support the students, families, and staff of Oakville Elementary in such a way that promotes community, service, learning, and caring. I hope you find this site informative and helpful in academic, personal, and social endeavors with your students.

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What Does an Elementary Guidance Program Look Like?
For some of you, Oakville is a place you call home with familiar faces and familiar spaces. For some of you, though, coming to Oakville Elementary will be a new experience. I want to take a moment and give a brief snapshot of what my roles are here at Oakville Elementary as your counselor and what the Comprehensive Guidance Program looks like:

Individual and Group Counseling: I am available to meet with students for 1:1 counseling on an ongoing basis or on an as-needed basis. I am fortunate to also have the support and help of Lutheran Family and Children Services, as well as Catholic Family Services in providing 1:1 counseling and group counseling. Students may meet with these counselors upon referral and with the proper parental consent. I may also conduct group counseling based on student need (i.e., multiple students dealing with grief).

Guidance Curriculum: School counselors act in a preventive manner, too! I have the privilege of conducting monthly lessons in each classroom related to academic, personal/social/emotional, and career development, often as those aspects pertain to our Character Education initiative.  We may explore topics such as bullying, learning how to get along and manage conflict, learning about our feelings, expressing feelings, and a variety of other topics. 

System Support: Part of the guidance program involves the promotion, development, and implementation of initiatives school-wide.  This includes consultation with students, families, and staff members.  It includes crisis management, day-to-day functioning of the school, community outreach, conducting professional development, and a number of other facets. One such initiative I co-chair is PBIS, or Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports programming.  We strive as a school to ensure each student is given the chance to learn expected behavior. Just as we teach math, so too, we teach behavior.

Individual Planning: This aspect of the guidance program ensures student academic needs are being met.  As a liaison with the Special School District of St. Louis County, I get to take part in coordinating special education testing, and I also aid in gifted testing, developing academic plans, assisting with yearly benchmark assessments (school-wide), and other activities geared at helping students meet with success academically and in the world of careers. In this same facet, I am also responsible for coordinating yearly mandated state testing.

I am grateful to be a part of OES, and I sincerely look forward to a great school year with you and your students!

 
Links
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Check the website for the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education for the state of Missouri for answers to education-related questions and for some helpful tidbits for your students.
     * The Department of Elementary and Secondary Education
You will find a wealth of education-related information on DESE's website including, but not limited to, information about special education, testing, district information, and legislation.
Below you will find a list of helpful resources pertaining to basic needs, mental health, and education for your students.
     * The Department of Elementary and Secondary EducationAmerican School Counselor Association Parent Pages
Browse through this web page to find articles and helpful hints for parents.
     * The Department of Elementary and Secondary EducationProvident Counseling
Provident Counseling is Mehlville's go-to outside service provider for mental health needs of St. Louis County students and families. Services are free of charge under the St. Louis County Children's Fund.
     * The Department of Elementary and Secondary EducationSaint Lous County Children's Service Fund
Provides information related to services available to St. Louis county children and teens ages 19 and under
     * The Department of Elementary and Secondary EducationSpecial Education Parent Workshops
The Special School District of St. Louis County offers workshops to parents free of charge on a number of pertinent topics.
     * The Department of Elementary and Secondary EducationMo HealthNet
Mo HealthNet is a division of Missouri that reports to Social Services and provides healthcare to children and families who qualify. School counselors serve as a coordination point for Mo HealthNet in the school setting.

Contacts

Salters, Holly
Business: 314-467-5815
Email: saltersh@mehlvilleschooldistrict.net
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