Regardless of whether students are attending in person, remote, or through eLearning, I wanted to let you know that I am still available to support all Barnette students throughout the school year. In person students can make appointments to see me during school or virtually after in person schoo times. Virtual school counseling, like traditional school counseling, has limitations but can be very effective! Just fill out an I Want to See the Counselor form located above, or send me an email. I will respond as soon as possible and arrange a visit in the format of which you are most comfortable – 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. Students can meet with the counselor 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.