Burnsville High School is celebrating the school counseling department during National Counseling Week Feb. 5–9, sponsored by the American School Counselor Association (ASCA). Focusing on the unique contribution of school counselors and how students are different as a result of their work, National School Counseling Week highlights the tremendous impact school counselors can have in helping students achieve school success and plan for a career.
Burnsville High School counselors’ focus for the week is “Helping Students Reach for the Stars.” Civil rights pioneer Harriet Tubman once said, “Every dream begins with a dreamer.” BHS counselors want students to know that they have within them the strength, the patience and the passion to reach for the stars to change the world. And, the counselors are here to help them explore their dreams and discover how to achieve them.
"Burnsville High School's counselors have a tremendous impact in helping students achieve school success and plan for a career," said Dave Helke, principal at Burnsville High School. "We thank them for their dedication and commitment to our student body."
In a proclamation, Minnesota Governor Mark Dayton cited school counselors for being actively 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. Professional school counselors are certified, experienced educators with a master's degree in guidance and counseling. The combination of their training and experience makes them an integral part of the total educational program.
"School counselors work with all students to remove barriers to learning by addressing students’ academic concerns, career awareness in post-secondary options and social/emotional skills,” said Kwok-Sze Wong, Ed.D., ASCA executive director. “Comprehensive school counseling programs help to increase student achievement and provide a much-needed resource for students, parents, teachers and administrators. School counselors are integral to student success."
More than 100,000 school counselors nationwide will be participating in the week's festivities. Many school counselors will be hosting special events and activities to call attention to the countless benefits of a comprehensive school counseling program.