COVID-19 Update - We are all in this together and help is always available. If you are having suicidal thoughts, please reach out through these resources:
- 800-273-8255 (National Suicide Prevention Lifeline)
- Crisis text line - text Home to 741741
- National Suicide Prevention Lifeline online
Jennifer Tanner, Counselor
As Obama Magnet’s school counselor it is my goal for each scholar to be socially, emotionally and academically prepared to succeed in a global society. Our school’s counseling program is aligned with the American School Counseling Association standards to provide a proactive approach to addressing scholars’ social, emotional and academic needs.
Here at Obama Magnet, scholars focus on skills for learning through classroom guidance lessons as outlined within the Second Step social-emotional learning curriculum. This social-emotional learning supports students’ growth related to the learner profile attributes, approaches to learning skills, and the key concepts of the IB Primary Years Program. Scholars and staff also have access to individual counseling. Small group learning is available to students on the following topics: anger management, conflict resolution, decision-making, dealing with death, family changes, friendship, school success, self-control, and self-esteem. Other initiatives of our school’s counseling program include:
- No Place for Hate, a project of the Anti-Defamation League promoting a respectful, safe and equitable school environment,
- Suicide prevention focusing on resources, strategies, and advocacy to support all scholars’ mental health.
- CATCH, a platform for promoting healthier lifestyles and preventing childhood obesity offered in conjunction with the school health council and the Partnership for a Healthy MS, and
- Career Café, monthly presentations for fifth grade emphasizing the connection between school and the world of work and the importance of developing career goals.