• Elementary school counselors in Loudoun County teach objectives from the three major domains:  academic development, career development and social/emotional development from the “Standards for School Counseling Programs in Virginia Public Schools" and the ASCA Mindsets & Behaviors for Student Success.


    Mrs. Shanholtzer visits each classroom for 50 minutes (25 minutes in kindergarten) every other week throughout the school year.  Classroom guidance lessons are developed to be developmentally age appropriate and include but are not limited to topics in the areas of academic, career development, and social/emotional development. 

    Utilizing the ASCA Mindsets & Behaviors for Student Success, elementary school counselors encourage the following mindsets and behaviors for all students.
    Belief in development of whole self, including a healthy balance of mental, social/emotional and physical well-being
    Self-confidence in ability to succeed
    Sense of belonging in the school environment
    Understanding that postsecondary education and life-long learning are necessary for long-term career success
    Belief in using abilities to their fullest to achieve high-quality results and outcomes
    Positive attitude toward work and learning 

    Learning Strategies

    Self-Management Skills

    Social Skills

    Demonstrate critical-thinking skills to make informed decisions

    Demonstrate ability to assume responsibility

    Use effective oral & written communication skills & listening skills

    Demonstrate creativity

    Demonstrate self-discipline & self-control

    Create positive & supportive relationships with other students

    Use time-management, organizational & study skills

    Demonstrate ability to work independently

    Create relationships with adults that support success

    Apply self-motivation & self-direction to learning

    Demonstrate ability to delay immediate gratification for long-term rewards

    Demonstrate empathy

    Apply media & technology skills

    Demonstrate perseverance to achieve long- & short-term goals

    Demonstrate ethical decision-making & social responsibility

    Set high standards of quality

    Demonstrate ability to overcome barriers to learning

    Use effective collaboration & cooperation skills

    Identify long- & short-term academic, career & social/emotional goals

    Demonstrate effective coping skills when faced with a problem

    Use leadership & teamwork skills to work effectively in diverse teams

    Actively engage in challenging coursework

    Demonstrate the ability to balance school, home & community activities

    Demonstrate advocacy skills & ability to asset self, when necessary

    Gather evidence & consider multiple perspectives to make informed decisions

    Demonstrate personal safety skills

    Demonstrate social maturity & behaviors appropriate to the situation & environment

    Participate in enrichment & extracurricular activities

    Demonstrate ability to manage transitions & ability to adapt to changing situations & responsibilities


Last Modified on June 12, 2023