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School Counseling Services

Elementary Counseling Services

Student Support Team (SST):
It is the purpose of SST to:
1. Provide support for teachers and to assist them in working effectively with students,
2. Provide instructional/behavioral modifications and interventions for students having difficulty achieving success in the regular classroom, and
3. Provide initial screening and direct intervention for students to determine their instructional/behavioral needs.
Our Student Support Team will manage, implement, make recommendations to the principal regarding your child's needs, and maintain a progress file on your child. We will also strive to keep you
informed as we proceed.
Individual support is available for students to address a number of concerns a student might present. Common concerns that students may present include, but are not limited to, friendship issues, difficulty in the classroom, conflict resolution, new student orientation, difficulty coming to school, and anger management. Referrals for students to talk with the support teacher can be made by classroom teachers, by parents, or by the children themselves. Confidentiality is maintained to ensure the privacy of the individual student. If you have any questions or concerns about your child that you would like to discuss with the support teacher please feel free to contact the student support office.
A support group is a group of students who meet with a specific goal in mind. Goals vary from group to group…one group may be a one-time “meet and greet” for new or transitioning students or a longer social skills group. Support Groups can be an extremely versatile way to meet the needs of our students. Students can be taught positive social skills and needed replacement behaviors to make them more successful in school.
Some topics of support groups include:
  • School anxiety
  • Self Esteem
  • Making/keeping friends
  • Conflict resolution with peers
  • Families in separate homes
  • Managing anger
  • Self Expression and Social Skills
  • Dealing with loss
Any issues that develop throughout the school year that are interfering with the students’ academic or social well-being are appropriate topics for support groups. Maintaining open communication between the support teacher, the classroom teachers, and parents will assist in determining upcoming topics for groups.
Students are referred to support groups by anyone who works with them, including parents! If your child is included in a group, he/she will bring a paper home explaining the group and giving contact information for parents having questions. Meeting with students in small groups has several benefits:
  • The relaxed setting helps reluctant students to “open up”.
  • Students are taught social skills, problem solving techniques, and conflict resolution strategies before there is a problem.
  • A standardized problem solving/conflict resolution process can be taught and referred to in behavioral expectations. (Example: Learning what to do when someone calls you a name, instead of call them a name back.)
  • Students gain a sense of belonging and comfort seeing other students dealing with similar situations.

Core Essential Values

We have adopted the Core Essentials Values program. It is used in our school to help CREATE A CULTURE of caring, respect and personal responsibility. When you create a culture, you start a MOVEMENT that can create lasting values among students, teachers, families and our community. We simply use a definition – that all can understand – and a framework that are easily implemented and allow children to learn about values and use them! We focus on a new value each month.
CVSD supports our students in developing good character. Selected students are recognized daily from teacher and staff referrals. Students are recognized and rewarded throughout every month for showing good character. Below are The Big 3 and a complete list of the Core Essential Values.
2019-2020 Core Essentials Values (click below):

No one has a bigger influence on a child than his or her family! That's why it's so important to share the values at HOME and at SCHOOL.


Eric Bowden
New Oxford Elementary
(717) 624­-2157 Ext. 7009
[email protected]

​Lisa Miller
​Conewago Township Elementary
(717) 624-2157 Ext. 8009
[email protected]
​Meet Mrs. Miller (click here)

Hotline/Agency Numbers

  • Childline-1­-800-­932-­0313 ­to report suspected abuse
  • Children & Youth-337-­0110
  • Peace Program-337­-0044 ­ parenting programs
  • Runaway Hotline-1-­800-­621­4000