With the information that school will be starting remotely, I wanted to let you know that I am still available to support students during this time. Virtual school counseling, like traditional school counseling, has limitations but can be very effective! Last school year, if a student was wanting to check-in with the counselor, they could fill out an I Want to See the Counselor form and submit it to the secure counselor mailbox outside my door. Now that school is remote, I have made a virtual form – just click on the link above and complete a request to see the counselor form. I will respond in the format suggested – if you want to meet using google video, remember to check your email so that we can coordinate a time.
My name is Christine Cook and I am the school counselor at Barnette Magnet School. I have worked at Ticasuk Brown and Arctic Light Elementary schools, and worked in the Counseling Department at UAF for many years. School counselors are not able to provide therapeutic counseling services to students in school, but do work with students and families in challenging times, providing a safe place in the school and communicating/coordinating with other staff as needed. The school counselor’s office is a safe place for students to come when they need help working through problems they might be having, whether social/emotional or academic.
As school counselor at Barnette, I present classroom guidance lessons to K-2 grade students weekly, 3-6 grade students every other week, and 7-8 grades at least once a month. I work with students individually for personal, social, or academic difficulties, and I facilitate small groups for various issues occurring in student's lives (social, emotional, or academic) - topics might include dealing with deployment, family separations, or dealing with grief. In addition, I serve as a resource for parents, teachers, and other staff and can help connect families with district and community resources.
I am looking forward to a great year at Barnette and hope to promote a culture of positivity, respect, and responsibility. Please feel free to contact me with any questions or concerns.