National School Counseling Week 2021, “School Counselors: All in for All Students,” sponsored by the American School Counselor Association (ASCA), is being celebrated from February 1–5, 2021, to focus public attention on the unique contribution of school counselors within U.S. school systems and how students are different as a result of what school counselors do. National School Counseling Week highlights the tremendous impact school counselors can have in helping students achieve school success and plan for a career.
“This special week honoring school counselors provides recognition for school counselors who implement comprehensive school counseling programs, a vital part of the educational process for all students as they meet the challenges of the 21st century,” said Marshall County Schools Superintendent Dr. Shelby Haines who signed the proclamation designating this week as National School Counseling Week.
In a proclamation, Dr. Haines 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’ academic, postsecondary and social/emotional 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. School counselors are certified, experienced educators with a master’s degree in school counseling. The combination of their training and experience makes them an integral part of the total educational program.
“School counselors work with all students to remove barriers to learning by addressing students’ academic concerns, postsecondary options and social/emotional skills,” said Jill Cook, ASCA executive director. “School counseling programs help to increase student achievement and provide a much-needed resource for students, parents, teachers and administrators. School counselors are integral to student success.”
More than 100,000 school counselors nationwide will be participating in the week’s festivities. Many schools will be hosting special events and activities to call attention to the countless benefits of a comprehensive school counseling program.
Parents or community members with specific questions about school counseling programs should contact the school counselors at their child’s school. More general information can also be found on ASCA’s website, www.schoolcounselor.org.
Marshall County Schools welcomes all new students entering kindergarten in August 2021. If your child is not currently enrolled in a West Virginia Pre-K, beginning on Tuesday, January 19, 2021 you can call and make an appointment for kindergarten screening and registration. Appointments will be arranged Monday through Friday between 8:30 a.m. – 11:45 a.m. and 12:45 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Children already in the Marshall County Pre-K Program do not have to register for Marshall County Kindergarten.
To enter a kindergarten program, a child must be 5 years of age prior to the first day of July 2021. At the appointment, school personnel will conduct health screenings and a brief readiness test with each child. Registration forms will be completed.
New students for Marshall County Schools need to have their immunizations made current by their family physician or the Marshall County Health Department. Please call the Marshall County Health Department at 304-845-7840 for Vaccination Clinic schedules.
You can call the school listed below in your area to set up an appointment for kindergarten screening and registration.
On Tuesday, January 19, 2021 Marshall County Schools will begin 2021-2022 Pre-K registration for children who turn 4 years old by July 1, 2021.
If you wish to enroll your child in Pre-K, please call the school in your area, on or after January 19, to make an appointment and pick-up a registration packet or request an application packet be mailed to you. The application is also available at the link below.
For Pre-K sites in the Moundsville area, including Northern Panhandle Head Start “Stepping Stones,” please call McNinch Primary to register. If you live in the Limestone, Sand Hill or Sherrard area call Hilltop Elementary to register. For PLAYS Child Care Center, please call Washington Lands Elementary to register. For all other locations, call the numbers listed below.
Please bring your child, along with the completed packet, to your screening location as scheduled. All students must have a state issued birth certificate and current immunization record.
If Covid-19 restrictions prohibit in-person screening of students, we will extend our schedule to allow collection of packets and meetings with parents, possibly to an additional day.
Placements will be announced periodically as registrations are completed.
WV Pre-K Programs are free for any child who turns 4 prior to July 1, 2021.