• Welcome to the Powell Elementary School Counseling Department! 

     We offer a variety of helpful tools and resources to parents and children. She also offers a variety of services including small group counseling, short-term solution-focused individual counseling, consultation with parents and teachers, and she teaches classrooms monthly.  Feel free to contact us or explore these counseling pages for useful resource links. You can also refer to our school social worker with this link.


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    Coffee and Coco with the Counselor:

    Did you miss Coffee with the Counselor? 

    Don't worry, you can access the archives here:


    * Promoting kindness among our students- watch the video here!

    Get a handout on encouraging kindness here and a tip sheet on how to be a kind sibling here.


    Watch our video about helping students get creative here.

    Watch our video about keeping our kids healthy and active here.


    Fall Back Time Change With Samantha Day podcast here.




    Parents tell us how we can support you here.


    Enroll in my Canvas course here:  



    Learn moreabout my Canvas Course

    Canvas Video Tour



    Brain Pop Directions





    Family Lesson On Mindfulness


    Family Lesson On Coping Skills At Home 


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    Miss our Raising Tech Savvy and Smart Kids workshop? Watch the video here or here.


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    Love and Logic Tips:


    Doing School From Home  


    Attendance matters:


    Junior Counselor program:

    Jr. Counselors are 4th and 5th grade students that assist Ms. Filtness with many of her school wide projects, help teach their class and school mindfulness, and mentor new students. They are students with great character and truly represent what it means to be hardworking, mindful, and considerate.


    Our goals this year:


    By May 15, 2021, Tier 2/3 students (as identified through PBIS, office referrals for class disruption and inappropriate physical contact, PIT Teams, S Teams and TCI calls) who visit The NEST 80% or more of their scheduled sessions will reduce their days on Level 2/3 by 20% when compared to previous marking period.


    To reduce the percentage of chronically absent students from 12.5% to 11.5%.  


    Career and College Readiness Week:

     If you are interested in speaking or volunteering for our  Career and College Readiness Week please e-mail or call Ms. Filtness.



    Classroom Guidance:


    Here's a peek of what we are doing in our class lessons. Students will have a class lesson at least once a month.

    For the 2022-2023 school year we are excited to be focusing on social/emotional skills like growth mindset, relationships, and mindfulness. We will use the Sanford Harmony curriculum to host regular class meet-ups.

    K-2 - We are using a curriculum from The Responsive Counselor. This program focuses on cultivating strong classroom relationships between all students.

    3rd - We are using a book-based curriculum to learn about perseverance, growth mindset, self esteem, test taking skills, and bullying prevention. Parents learn more here.

    4th - We are using focusing on mindfulness using the Mind Up curriculum. Learn more here.  

    5th - We are fostering resilient learners using the Connected and Respected: Lessons from Resolving Conflict Creatively Program curriculum.  


    Scholastic Book Club:


    Did you know? Kids who read for just 20 minutes a day are more successful in school and life. Ordering from Scholastic Book Clubs is an easy way to find the best books that are just right for your child’s grade and interests.

    Use Scholastic Book Clubs to order books now. 

    Here’s how: Choose books online at: scholastic.com/bookclubs

    Connect to our class using our Class Code: MYFVP

    Bonus: This month, you can pick a FREE Book (up to $5) when you place an online order of $25 or more!  




    We are excited to be partnered with the UTK H.A.B.I.T. Reading Paws program to help improve student literacy and self esteem. This amazing program allows therapy dogs to visit classrooms where students are able to read to them. Permission forms are sent home before a dog will visit the classroom. Learn more about the program here: https://vetmed.tennessee.edu/outreach/Pages/habit_home.


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    Mindful Mornings-

    Mindfulness is being aware of yourself and your environment in the present moment. It is not about clearing your mind of all thoughts.

    Mindfulness has been shown to improve emotional regulation, anxiety, anger, stress,  and attention when done regularly.

    Mindfulness exercises include breathing, body scan, heart beat awareness and posing.


    Where: Ms. Filtness’ classroom

    When: 7:20-7:40 AM on M W and F




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  • Laura Filtness

    P.E.S. School Counselor

    1711 Spring Street

    Powell, TN 37849

    Main Phone: 865-938-2048


    Ms. Filtness


     (K-1 counselor)


    1711 Spring Street

    Powell, TN 37849

    Main Phone: 865-938-2048