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.
Enroll in my Canvas course here:
Learn more about my Canvas Course
Coffee and Coco with the Counselor:
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Love and Logic Tip of The Month:
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.
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 2020-2021 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 will be using the QuaverSEL curriculum. This program focuses on cultivating strong classroom relationships between all students. Learn more here.
3rd - We are using the QuaverSEL and 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:
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.
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
How: Students can sign up outside my classroom.
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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