National School Counseling Week

National School Counseling Week, sponsored by the American School Counselor Association (ASCA), will be celebrated the week of Feb. 4-8, 2013, to focus public attention on the unique contribution of professional school counselors within U.S. school systems.

The theme of this year’s Counseling Week is “School Counseling: Liberty and Learning for All.”

The special week honoring school counselors provides recognition for school counselors who are a vital part of the educational process for all students as they meet the challenges of the 21st century.

In a proclamation, Superintendent Dr. Mark Henry cited school counselors for being actively engaged in helping students examine their abilities, strengths, interests and talents; for working in a partnership with parents as they encounter the challenges of raising children in today’s world; for focusing on positive ways to enhance students’ social/personal, educational and career development; and working with teachers and other educators to provide an educational system where students can realize their potential and set healthy, realistic and optimistic aspirations for themselves.

“Cy-Fair ISD counselors are committed to providing relevant and developmentally appropriate services so that all students benefit from the school counseling program,” says Darlene Davenport, director of guidance and counseling. “They work collaboratively with students, staff and parents to address all students’ academic, personal/social and career development needs. I salute all our counselors for their continued efforts to promote liberty and learning for all as they continue to serve a vital role in student success.”

Cy-Fair ISD has 88 high school, 51 middle school, 78 elementary school counselors—including five elementary supplemental outreach counselors and one itinerant counselor. The district also employs three special campus counselors and 14 youth service specialists/social workers that serve all grade levels.