Counseling Program

Welcome to all parents, guardians and students of CAES.

I believe that part of your child's success in school depends upon the communication that develops between school personnel and you. When you have a concern or a problem, I hope that you will call me at 274-8653 or stop by the Main Office. I want to help you and your child have a positive educational experience here.

Below you will find information about our counseling program. It is available to all students in kindergarten through sixth grade. It includes, but is not limited to the following components:

    • Special Education Services are included within the elementary guidance program. Under Pennsylvania and federal law, a child with a disability has a right to special education and related services that are provided:

o At public expense.

o Under public supervision and direction.

o Without charge to preschool (ages 3-5), elementary, or secondary students.

o In conformity with an Individualized Education Program (IEP). This means that students with disabilities who need special education must receive a free appropriate public education (FAPE).

o In the Least Restrictive Environment (LRE).

o Please call 274-8055 for related questions or concerns. FAPE includes related services that help your child get to school and benefit from the special education program. These may include:

o Special transportation,

o Physical or occupational therapy,

o Psychological counseling,

o Other services which help or support your child as your child grows and learns.

(Pennsylvania Department of Education, Bureau of Special Education, Pennsylvania Training and Technical Assistance Network).

  • Individual Counseling is for students who have problems related to school, family and community. The students may refer themselves or they may be referred by parents, guardians, teachers and any other concerned persons. The Student Assistance Program (SAP) is also available to our students through Dickinson Mental Health free of charge up to five sessions with written parental consent.
    • Small Group Counseling Social skills training and friendship groups are ​available on an as needed basis. The Too Good For Drugs small groups are provided to grade 1-3 students. Topics explored within these groups include decision-making and communication skill development and coping with peer pressure, divorce and anger.
  • Classroom Guidance Lessons teach the importance of communication, teamwork, and what it means to work hard and be nice. Students in grades k-2 learn the importance of "Three Kinds of Touches" from an education specialist at​ A Way Out and Mrs. Shaffer. Career lessons in grades 3, 5 and 6 target the Career Education and Work Standards, such as career awareness and preparation, career retention and advancement and entrepreneurship. Kindergarten students attend Careers on Wheels every May.
  • Parent-Counselor-Teacher Conferences are available by appointment to discuss a variety of school-related issues.
  • Child Study Team: A student may be referred to the Child Study Team by his/her teacher when he/she is experiencing academic or behavioral difficulties in the classroom. The Team works together to collect data and develop strategies to assist the student to be more successful or to consider evaluation by the school psychologist.
  • English Language Arts PSSAs for grades 3-6 will be given April 11-15, 2016 and Mathematics PSSAs will be given April 18-21, 2016. 4th grade Science PSSAs will be given April 26-29 2016.
  • Lunch Bunch with Mrs. Shaffer: All students in groups of 4 have lunch with Mrs. Shaffer. In Lunch Bunch, we practice laughter, kindness, sharing, and friendship.