School Counselors (previously referred to as Guidance Counselors) support all students in grades PreK-12 with academic achievement, social and emotional development and career planning. Ohio School Counselors are licensed and have completed an approved master’s program and an extensive internship.
A school counselor’s work is multifaceted. We guide, teach, encourage, and lead as needed. Sometimes you’ll find us with a student in an individual counseling session, or teaching a classroom lesson about emotional literacy, communication skills, or conflict management. On other days, we may spend time supporting students with behavioral needs, or fostering new relationships between new and old students through group and project-based interactions. We work hard every day to ensure each of our students are set up for success not only academically, but socially, emotionally, and psychologically. Taking a “whole child” approach and addressing overall wellness, we recognize the significance, benefit, and advantage to maintaining a healthy balance between each of these domains.
Many of our strategies are enhanced by collaboration with passionate teachers and administrators, community agencies, the MCESC, or research-informed socioemotional curricula or programs, such as the Zones of Regulation or even our own BOLD or Timber initiatives. However, there are also times when the scope of the services we provide may need to be supplemented with additional resources, and we are equipped to make these referrals and connect you, our students and families, with the help you need, when you need it. Any one of us are able to get this information to you upon request, or as we see needs arise. Whether it’s an app for your phone, internet links, a community support group or student club to join, books or doctors to recommend, or educational events to attend, we are here for you to light the way to wellness, and demonstrate that No Lumberjack Is Alone.
We understand that the decisions everyone has faced this year have not been easy, and we value and respect each family's choice. No matter what Option you've selected, we hear and share your concerns that your child still needs to feel connected to our Harman family and has opportunities to socialize, so we have plans to make sure that happens! Once routines have been established and everyone has had the chance to settle in, we will offer virtual student club meetings and social chats in order to help our students build and maintain interpersonal relationships and social connections. Here are some options!
♻️ The Green Thumbs 🌱
Google Classroom code: pddyxkj
If you care about recycling, ecology, gardening, sustainability ("going green"), or the climate and environment, this club is for you!
🙋♀️ Adopted Kids Club 🙋🏾♂️
Google Classroom code: rm5dv6o
Were you adopted? Was someone in your family adopted? Want to learn more about adoption? Everyone's got a story to tell. Share your own, and listen to others! In this club, we play games, read books, and get visits from staff and community members who share their experiences with adoption as well!
💌 KINDling Club 🤝
Google Classroom code: 45m4r3v
Want to make the world a KINDer place? In KINDling Club, we will create and complete service projects, recognize and do random acts of KINDness throughout the school and community, notice and support people who need a little extra care, talk about ways to make the world a better place, be student leaders and stand up for others at all times, and share laughs and grow stronger!
🇺🇸 Military Kids Club 🌏
Google Classroom code: 22tq5cl
In Military Kids Club, we connect with other students who have been through deployments, PCS, and all kinds of military-related challenges civilian kids do not. In the past, we've video chatted with deployed parents, shared stories about our adventures from around the world, and made connections with each other.
👍🏽 The Good News 👏🏻
Google Classroom code: hbal7zy
The Good News is our new Harman Family paper! Established to celebrate the good things that are happening in our lives, our school, and our community, The Good News will begin with monthly online publications, and can be read here. Students may submit their own Good News (an A+ on a test, a new level belt at karate, a dance recital -- there's no limit to the good news one can supply!) on the bulletin board outside my office, or by filling out this Google form. Let's focus on all the wonderful things that are happening in our lives!
If you'd like to participate in any of the clubs, join the Google Classroom with your @oakwoodschools.org email address!
OCSD's Timber Character Education Program aims to create an environment where staff and students work together to foster an overall sense of community. Students come together to communicate ideas and connect with one another. As a team, students are encouraged to participate, be kind, include everyone, and grow as individuals.
Have something on your mind? Want to spend a little time with Mr. Wadham and talk? If you would, fill out this brief survey and he'll email you to set up a time.
The Good News
To read Harman's new online student paper, The Good News, click here!
Do you have some Good News?! Share something wonderful, funny, or celebration worthy about one (or more!) of our Harman students or staff -- and we'll include it in an upcoming edition of The Good News! Click here to submit your Good News as often as you like!
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If you, your student, or a peer is experiencing more extensive or crisis-related concerns (such as severe depression, self-harm, harm to others, or suicidal ideation), please contact one of the following resources:
Crisis Care (937) 224-4646
Crisis Text Line-Text CONNECT to 741741
National Suicide Prevention Hotline: 1-800-273-TALK
Drug and Poison Control: 1-800-222-1222
Dayton Children’s Crisis Center for students 17 or younger:
Monday through Friday 8:00 am - midnight
Saturday and Sunday 2:00 pm - midnight
Visit the ER during other times
Miami Valley Hospital or Kettering Medical Center ER - if 18 or older
These lessons are an integral part of the elementary school counseling program and important to every student’s academic success. One of the most effective ways for school counselors to help prevent academic problems is by discussing self-esteem issues such as peer relationships, stress, or dealing with feelings and emotions in large group guidance lessons in the classroom. The lessons are preventative in nature, designed to reach all students, and are taught in the classroom by the counselor. Other topics that could be taught are empathy, problem-solving and anger management skills.
Both teachers and counselors have similar goals: the educational success of each student. It is important that school counselors collaborate with teachers and administrators to promote student learning. If a student is having problems in a classroom, school counselors will join together with teachers to come up with some practical strategies with the intention to remove educational barriers and enhance the learning environment of that student.
Parents and school counselors can partner with each other to help the child/student on a variety of issues such as new school transitions, special needs, family transitions, and crisis situations. Studies have shown that children have greater academic achievement when their parents are involved in their education. Parental involvement is critical to helping a child be a successful student. Additionally, school counselors can help put parents in touch with community resources, if the need arises.
Elementary school counselors are available to meet individually with a student in circumstances when a student's educational success is being impacted or issues arise with the child. The school counselor spends time working with individual students to improve their social skills, discuss feelings, empower, and provide problem solving methods. Elementary school counselors assist all children. While a counselor cannot provide on-going sessions, it may be appropriate for a student to receive short-term individual one on one time. When more attention and intervention is required, school counselors can act as a referral agent for parents to access counseling services within the community.
Individual students are seen in one-on-one counseling sessions for a variety of reasons based on social, emotional, and academic needs. Topics discussed in individual sessions include, but are not limited to, social skills, anxiety, depression, divorce, grief, self-control, and self-esteem.
Military children are a unique group and need support during deployments, moves and meeting the daily demands of military life. This club is designed to help students stay connected with other military kids. It is intended for students who have an active duty service member in their immediate family (mom, dad or sibling).
At the elementary schools we practice the 3R's. This language provides common behavioral expectations for all students throughout the buildings. This system is the foundation for the 5R behavioral system in place at OJHS and OHS.
Parent consultations are provided for a variety of reasons, based on the needs of the student or the family, in order to develop plans that best meet the student needs to ensure their social, emotional or academic success.
The purpose of small group counseling is to compliment and enhance students' learning by improving their perceptions, attitudes, and behaviors. Small group counseling provides a safe setting where children, along with their peers, it can increase their self-awareness and improve their cooperation and communication skills. The children can learn from each other. Ultimately, the goal of small group counseling is to prevent problems in the future by teaching children new skills. Students can benefit from participation in a small group.
Fifth and sixth grade students tutor for 20 minutes, one time per week, during lunch, with the guidance of the student’s teacher.
OHS National Honor Society Tutors:
High school tutors work with elementary students after school or during lunch. These arrangements are typically made and overseen by the parents. The list of tutors is available upon request and is updated each fall.
The district provides a list of qualified professional tutors.
The list of tutors is available upon request and is updated each fall.
After 11 years as the musical director and Lumberjack Theatre Advisor at OHS, Michael Wadham is starting a new adventure at Oakwood Schools as the School Counselor at Harman.
Michael, a Wright State and Miami University graduate and a master's level licensed social worker, previously worked as a child and family therapist at Webster Street Academy in Dayton, and joins us from Springfield City Schools where he served as a Behavior Specialist. Michael's passion for social work and its associated ethics and values (such as empowerment, service, social justice, identifying and leveraging individual or group strengths, the dignity and worth of the individual, and the importance of human relationships) will be central to his practice as school counselor.
Through character education and socio-emotional lessons, in addition to family, classroom, administrative, and community collaboration, the students at Harman have the opportunity to not only become well-prepared for the educational requirements of junior high and beyond, but they will be armed with skills (executive functioning, emotional intelligence, social and life skills) to serve them a lifetime as well.
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