There’s a lot more to school counseling these days than the traditional guidance counselor days of the past.

National School Counseling Week, sponsored by the American School Counselor Association, is meant to focus public attention on the unique contribution of professional school counselors within U.S. school systems and their impact on helping students achieve school success and plan for a career.

The elementary school counselors in the Hudson School District are presenting at the Wisconsin School Counselor Association (WSCA) conference in February. They will present their program initiative “Stop, Walk, Talk” which teaches proactive strategies to deal with disrespectful and bullying behaviors.

The EP Rock counselor, Kelly Curtis, is the WSCA 2014-2015 president. She will present on “Hot Topics in School Counseling” and “Data Basics for School Counselors.”

The Hudson Middle School counselors have completed another year of eighth grade planning conferences in order to prepare students for freshman registration and their transition to high school. They will now begin preparing the fifth-graders for transition to sixth grade by visiting all six elementary schools and conducting pen-pal tours at the middle school.

The state of Wisconsin is moving forward with an academic and career planning agenda for all students in grades 6 through 12 that is set to be fully implemented by the year 2017. The middle school counselors will continue to educate staff and collaborate with them regarding this initiative.

The high school counseling program's primary goals are to support students academically, socially, and emotionally. Special consideration is focused on getting to know students individually in order to better navigate their high school experience.

Counselors are involved from the beginning of their high school career in the registration process, and working with them each year on their long term plans. Sophomore year, parents and students are invited to an hour long planning conference. In this conference, short and long term goals are discussed, course choices are made, and future plans are created. 

In the near future, special attention will be given to the newly mandated Academic Career Plan all students will be creating over their four years at Hudson High School. Counselors at the high school also assist with transition (new students), and with any social and emotional issues, or academic concerns that arise during the student's school day.

School counselors implement a comprehensive school counseling program supporting the areas of academic, social and emotional, and career planning.

Statewide school counselors have been recognized for being engaged in helping students examine their abilities, strengths, interests and talents; for working in a partnership with parents as they encounter the challenges of raising children in today's world; for focusing on positive ways to enhance students' social/personal, educational and career development; and working with teachers and other educators to provide an educational system where students can realize their potential and set healthy, realistic and optimistic aspirations for themselves.

For more information about the school counseling initiatives at all Hudson schools go online at the district’s website at www.hudson.k12.wi.us and click on school contact information for contact information.