Voice Mail: ext. 4559
Hello! My name is Ms. Heim, and I am the school counselor at Euharlee Elementary. Before working at Euharlee Elementary, I was a school counselor in Cobb County and a long term counselor sub in Marietta City Schools. I graduated from Kennesaw State University with a Bachelor’s degree in psychology and a Master’s degree in school counseling at Georgia State University. I am currently pursuing my Educational Specialist degree in school counseling. My special interests are play therapy, trauma and crisis management.
What do School Counselors Do?
Guidance Lessons: All students receive guidance lessons in the classroom. I try to go to the classroom 1-2 times a month for each classroom. Guidance lessons abide by the American School Counselor Association standards. I cover personal/social (bullying, social skills, etc), career and academic topics.
All classrooms will receive career lessons mandated by House Bill 713. Parents can read more about mandatory career lessons your children will receive at this link. 5th grade students also complete a career portfolio. The counselor and ELA teacher work together to make this possible.
Small Groups: I also work with students in small groups covering topics such as grief and family transitions. If your child has experienced a death, loss, transition, or divorce in the family, please consider signing your child up for the Rainbows For All Children group that I lead. The group is one time per week for 12 weeks and takes place during your child’s special area time.
Individual Counseling: Students are also welcome to come to my office for individual counseling. Students may be referred by themselves, parents or school staff. If I see that your child needs an outside specialist, I will be happy to refer you and your child to someone who can help you.
Staff/Parents: I work with staff and parents to help all students be successful in school. If your child is experiencing family or emotional/behavioral issues that is interfering in their academic success, please feel free to reach out to me. I can also help refer you to our community resources. It’s generally best to make an appointment to see me just incase I am in the classroom.
Community: I create and foster relations with the community to help Euharlee Elementary students. BackPack Buddies is a program that we offer. Each week, students receive a bag of food to help them get by on the weekend. Thank you so much to our local churches that help sponsor our program. If your family needs assistance and would like more information about our Backpack Buddy program please contact me.
Holiday Help: Each year Bartow County hosts Shop with a Hero. Shop with a Hero is by referral of school staff only, and not by parent request. Shop with a Hero has a limited number of spots available. Students should not be on the list two years in a row to allow other students to be placed on the list. I also help children that are in need for Christmas by pairing them with an available sponsor.
Food Bank: I grabbed this list from White Elementary’s website (thanks to White Elementary's counselor, Michelle). Please go tothis link and check out the Food Banks if you need extra assistance.
Middle School Transition: Each year, our 5th graders take a field trip to Woodland Middle School. I also do a guidance lesson preparing them for what to expect their first year in 6th grade.
Career Fair: Each year I plan to host and facilitate Euharlee Elementary’s career fair. If you are interested in speaking to our students about your career, please contact me asap!
Attendance: I do keep up with student attendance and tardies. Please contact me with any concerns. Each month we have a perfect attendance party. Although we understand students (and adults!) get sick and can’t come to school, it is still fun to recognize kids that were able to be present each day for the month!
Recent Research Data from the Georgia State Department of Education indicates that missing more than five days of school each year, regardless of the cause, begins to impact student academic performance and starts shaping attitudes about school. Chronically truant students are not the only students negatively impacted by absences. For students in the 6th grade through the 9th grade, student attendance is a better predictor of dropping out of school than test scores. This predictor is not limited to chronically truant students. Excused absences and unexcused absences have similar impact on student academic performance.
As you can see, a day in the life of a school counselor is always different! To learn more about the role of the school counselor, please visit the American School Counselor Association’s link just for parents!
Crystal Heim, NCC
Euharlee Elementary School
770-606-5900, ext 4559