Posted: Thursday, May 28, 2015
Paris Elementary, Sevier Middle Earn RAMP Designation for School Counseling
Paris Elementary and Sevier Middle School have earned the Recognized American School Counselor Association (ASCA) Model Program (RAMP) designation for their outstanding school counseling programs.
The RAMP designation, awarded to schools whose counseling programs align with the criteria set in the ASCA National Model, recognizes schools that are committed to delivering a comprehensive, data-driven school counseling program and creating an exemplary educational environment. More than 550 schools, including Woodland Elementary School in Greer and Bell’s Crossing Elementary in Simpsonville, have received the RAMP designation since the program's inception.
Paris Elementary School Counselor Lori Nelson works with the principal, teachers, and the School Counseling Advisory Council to develop classroom lessons on conflict resolution skills, understanding empathy, recognizing and responding to bullying, diversity, and career awareness. She offers many opportunities for students to address school success and personal concerns. She implemented the Girls on the Run program and recruited teachers to coach with her. The program is designed to develop and enhance girls’ social, psychological, and physical competencies. The PTA has also shown tremendous support through its participation on the School Counseling Advisory Committee and establishing “Give Back” days to help families in need.
At Sevier Middle School, Counselors Jami Crisman, Tomiko Long, and Darcy Storm provide academic support by identifying learning styles, teaching study skills, and encouraging students to take pride in their work. They offer character lessons and recognize students who display positive character. Teachers receive instruction on discussions around bullying, self-control, and learning to develop positive solutions to problems. Small group lessons are offered in anger management, boundaries, privacy, communication, self-esteem, and other relevant issues.