• Welcome to the Powell Elementary School Counseling Department!  Our full-time school counselor is Ms. Laura Filtness.  Ms. Filtness offers 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 her or explore these counseling pages for useful resource links.

      

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    Meet Your Schoool Counselor  

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    Learn more about your school counselor and how you can get involved here.

     (access the You Tube Video here and the Power Point here)

     

    Attendance matters:

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    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:

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    Attendance- To reduce #of identified students with 10 or more unexcused absences by 15% by April 2019.

     

    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.

     

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    Classroom Guidance:

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    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 2019-2020 school year we are excited to be focusing on social/emotional skills like growth mindset, relationships, and mindfulness.

    K-2 - We will be using the Sanford Harmony curriculum. This program focuses on cultivating strong classroom relationships between all students. Learn more here. 

    3rd - We are using the Ned Show 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:

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    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!  

     

    UTK HABIT:

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    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.

     

    You're Invited:

     

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    Coffee and Coco with the Counselor:

    Join Ms. Filtness on March 25th for Coffee and Coco with the counselor. We will be learning more about how we can help our kiddos manage stress and develop life long coping skills. Meet us from 8-9 in Ms. Filtness' room, the guidance room.

     

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    Mindful Mondays-

    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.

    Who: 

    Aug/Sept- 5th grade only

    Oct/Nov- 4th grade only

    Dec/Jan- 3rd grade only

    Feb/Mar- 2nd grade only

    Apr/May- 1st grade only 

    Where: Ms. Filtness’ classroom

    When: 7:30-7:40 AM

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    Flexible Fridays-

    Join us as we do a variety of yoga poses designed to help us improve balance and focus and reduce stress and anxiety. Learning techniques for self-health, relxation, and inner fullfilment, can help us navigate lifes challenges with a little more ease. Yoga at an early age encourages self esteem and body awareness with a physical activity that's noncompetetive. It also helps foster cooperation and compassion. 

    Who: 

    Aug/Sept- 5th grade only

    Oct/Nov- 4th grade only

    Dec/Jan- 3rd grade only

    Feb/Mar- 2nd grade only

    Apr/May- 1st grade only

    Where: Ms. Filtness’ classroom

    When: 7:30-7:40 AM

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    Parents we always love getting your feedback! Please complete this online needs assessment so that we can help plan for a great year.  

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  • Laura Filtness

    P.E.S. School Counselor

    1711 Spring Street

    Powell, TN 37849

    Main Phone: 865-938-2048

    laura.filtness@knoxschools.org

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