Myakka Elementary School
37205 Manatee Avenue
Myakka City , Fl. 34251
"Educating the mind without educating the heart is no education at all" ~ Aristotle
MRS. VELDKAMP'S COUNSELING CORNER
Be sure to get to know your school counselor, your biggest advocate!
School Counseling at Myakka City Elementary School is a comprehensive (available to all students) developmental (age-appropriate) program designed to ensure that today's students become productive, well-adjusted adults of tomorrow. The program is proactive and preventative in nature with a focus on academic achievement, character development, college/career awareness, and the social/emotional growth of all of our students.
Hello and thank you for taking the time to browse my website. My name is Debbie Veldkamp and I am privileged to have been selected as the School Counselor at Myakka City Elementary School. I am a graduate of Florida State University (M.S. Elementary Education), a graduate of Argosy University (M.A. School Counseling K-12), have earned my ESOL endorsement, and am currently certified in ESE. It has been a pleasure to serve students over the years as a classroom teacher, ESE teacher, ESE Liaison, ESOL coordinator, and School Counselor. I am an active member of ASCA (American School Counseling Association) and the Florida School Counseling Association, and enjoy attending their conferences and training's whenever possible. I have taught in various schools since 1991, taking time off throughout the years to raise my own children; ages 30, 28, 24, 20, and 17. My husband and I have five adorable grandsons and enjoy spending as much time with family as possible.
I have a deep love for children of all ages and a passion for helping them grow socially, emotionally, and academically. As the school counselor at Myakka City Elementary, my job is to advocate for children and help them develop the skills they need to solve problems and overcome barriers that may impede their ability to learn.
MISSION AND VISION
The school counselor provides a program that is developmentally appropriate, available to all students, and is aligned with the ASCA (American School Counseling Association) National Model. The school counselor is an advocate for all students and partners with stakeholders to promote learning by helping to remove barriers that may impede a student’s emotional, social, and/or academic success.
In order to promote compassionate, caring, lifelong learners, the school counselor works together with all stakeholders to create an atmosphere in which individuals become responsible and successful members of their community and the world. The counseling program is driven by data and helps students acquire the knowledge and skills necessary to become responsible citizens in our ever-changing world.
DEVELOPMENTAL NEEDS OF
ELEMENTARY SCHOOL CHILDREN
The elementary school years are a time for children to develop the attitude, knowledge, and skills to become healthy, confident, competent, and successful learners. They are beginning to develop the Life Skills and academic skills to become successful citizens and life long learners.
What Bullying IS
Bullying is behavior that is:
· Deliberate abuse of power
Bullying can be:
· Physical – hitting, punching
· Verbal- teasing or name-calling
-Social - excluding someone intentionally, telling others not to be friends with someone
What Bullying IS NOT
It is important for both parents and students to understand that one act of aggressive behavior IS NOT bullying.
BE A BUDDY, NOT A BULLY
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Cyber Safety for Kids
Consider putting a Parent-Child Technology Agreement in place
Keep your address, phone number, school and other identifying information private
Remember that ANYTHING you do online can be traced back to you
Think before you type. If you wouldn’t be comfortable with what you are saying being on the front page of the morning paper, you probably don’t want to type it online
Tell your parents and/or other trusted adults if you have problems while online (cyber-bullying, harassment)
Share your password (parents may be the exception)
Send personal information (name, address, phone number, photographs) to strangers
Don’t go on websites that seem unsafe or make you feel uncomfortable