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Main Page School Counselor Connection

School Counselor
Grades PreK-2nd
Mrs. Melissa Olearchick, M.Ed.

K-6th Certified Professional Elementary School Counselor

Member of American School Counselor Association

Member of Pennsylvania School Counselors Association

Member of Pennsylvania State Education Association

SAP Student Assistance Program Certification since May 2014

SCM Safe Crisis Management Certification since December 19, 2007


Mrs. Melissa Olearchick was awarded a Masters in Elementary School Counselor K-6th with high honors from Indiana University of Pennsylvania and earned a Bachelors in Speech Pathology from Bowling Green State University.  Mrs. Melissa Olearchick's counseling experience includes both mental health and school counseling fields. She has served in community mental health agencies and school districts in the states of Virginia, New York, Pennsylvania. Presently, Mrs. Melissa Olearchick assists PreK-2nd students as an Elementary School Counselor at George G. Blaisdell Elementary School since the 2007-2008 school year.                                    














Bradford Area School District

George G. Blaisdell Elementary School

265 Constitution Avenue

Bradford, PA  16701

(814) 362-6834

FAX: (814) 362-5485

Links:

What's the Role of the School Counselor?
Why Elementary School Counselors?
School Counselor YES Vs. Guidance Counselor NO! Article
ASCA American School Counselor Association National Model
chart: Appropriate and Inappropriate School Counselor Tasks

Where Did The Guidance Counselor Go?

Article By Caren Potter, School Counselor

While we cannot reach everyone, we can educate about the change in the name..."Back when I was in school we had Vice Principals {now Assistant Principals}, Librarians {now Media Specialists}, and Guidance Counselors {now School Counselors}--why the name change?  Is it just semantics?  Well, as with most things, the role quite simply evolved.  These days the role of assistant principal looks different than vice principal, the role of media specialist covers more than librarian, and the role of school counselor encompasses more than guidance counselor.  Thankfully, much has changed in the counseling profession.  Previously, guidance counselors helped students with course selection to prepare them for a role in the future as a high school graduate entering the work force or a college-bound student.  Often the guidance counselor determined what the student's future should be based upon what little they knew about that student. The counselor, who's primary role was to "guide," was the leader in making important decisions for the student, and not necessarily in the best interest of the student.  School counseling is a profession where its members are specifically trained and supported in the role of school counseling. It is different than the former role of a guidance counselor, and vastly different from the role of a mental health counselor. School counselors support the entire school community--students, teachers, staff, parents/guardians--in areas such as academic success, personal/social development, career awareness and development, referrals to community agencies, behavior planning, goal-setting, and the like. School counselors offer workshops to other professionals, including school counselors and teachers, to expand their services to their schools. School counselors offer parenting programs to assist parents with their children, regardless of their developmental stage. School counselors no longer "guide" those whom they serve to make decisions and choices that support the counselor's ideas, rather counselors interact with others to support them in the direction they intend to go!"


School Counselor to Student Ratios per School ~ 2016-17 School Year:

GGB: 1:660   Grades PreK--2nd

SSE: 1:581    Grades 3rd--5th

M.S.: 1:559    Grades 6th--8th

H.S.: 1:258    Grades 9th--12th  (3 School Counselors at H.S.)

The Role of the School Counselor – ASCA Article about Counselor to Student Ratio

What Does A School Counselor Do? (2 minute video clip)

Mission Statement: The mission of the George G. Blaisdell Elementary School's professional school counseling program is to provide a comprehensive, developmental counseling program that is aligned with the professional and ethical ACA and ASCA standards and addresses the academic, career, and personal / social development of every student through a partnership with school personnel, families, and community resources to provide every student opportunities to become lifelong learners and productive citizens of a global society.

Vision Statement: The George G. Blaisdell Elementary School Counseling Program supports every student acquiring the academic, career, and personal/social skills to reach their fullest educational potential and successfully manage their lives as healthy, responsible, productive citizens who respect themselves and others; making a positive difference in our school and community. 

Role of a School Counselor: "School Counselors help students focus on academic, career, and social / emotional development so they can achieve success in school and are prepared to lead fulfilling lives as responsible members of society."   -American School Counselor Association

National School Counseling Week: National School Counseling Week 2018, "School Counseling: Helping Students Realize Their Potential,"  will be celebrated from February 5--9, 2018, to focus public attention on the unique contribution of professional school counselors within U.S. school systems. National School Counseling Week, sponsored by ASCA, highlights the tremendous impact school counselors can have in helping students achieve school success and plan for a career. National School Counseling Week is always celebrated the first full week in February.

School-Wide Positive Behavior Support Program: SWPBS is the behavioral piece of RTII Response to Instruction and Intervention. Teachers do weekly Mini-Lessons based on the four expectations.  Four School Expectations We Follow:        

BE SAFE

BE NICE

BE RESPECTFUL

BE RESPONSIBLE

Clothing Collection: Throughout the school year (September to June), the School Nurses will collect clean, gently used or brand-new clothing items of young children sizes for George G. Blaisdell Elementary students who are in need.  If donating gently used clothing items, please make sure all items are clean and washed before dropping them off at the school.  Please donate clothing items at the Front G.G.B. Office.  Thank you for helping the students at George G. Blaisdell Elementary School! 

We are especially collecting these items:                                  

Socks

Jeans / Cotton or Stretchy pants (Sizes 5 to 13)

Shoes / Boots

Brand New Underwear for Both Boys and Girls

Shirts (Sizes 5 and Up)


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School Counselor Connection
George G. Blaisdell Elementary School
265 Constitution Avenue
Bradford, PA 16701
PHONE (814) 362-6834