Papillion La Vista Community Schools Secondary Counseling Program

  • The Papillion La Vista Community Schools secondary counseling program developed by the counseling staff, 7-12, is an integral part of the educational process and addresses the academic, career, and personal/social needs of all students.  The program, which is collaborative in nature, is delivered primarily through a counseling curriculum, but also includes individual student planning sessions, management and accountability components.

    PLCS Counseling Vision:
    All students will leave PLCS academically, socially, and emotionally prepared with a plan to pursue life-long goals that will help them contribute to society and find personal success.

    PLCS Counseling Beliefs:  

    • Effective school counseling programs meet the academic, personal/social and career needs of all students.
    • The school counseling program is responsible for ensuring that all students will develop a post-secondary plan reflective of their individual strengths, interests, and goals.  
    • Students are best served when they, along with parents, teachers, counselors, and administrators, collaborate to enhance success.
    • An effective school counseling program reduces barriers to success by empowering all students with the skills necessary to reach their maximum potential academically, personally, socially, and emotionally.
    • Students should be exposed to a variety of educational experiences.  
    • An effective school counseling program ensures that students will be exposed to diverse, rich, meaningful activities connecting learning to life.
    • The school counseling program aligns with the ASCA standards focusing on direct student services including classroom guidance, individual planning, and crisis intervention.
    • School counselors must model high expectations and acceptance for all.
    • The school counseling program provides a systematic, data driven approach, accountable to all stakeholders.
    • All students are encouraged to challenge themselves through rigorous coursework and extracurricular opportunities.

    Roles of our La Vista Middle School counselors include:
    *Delivering developmentally appropriate guidance lessons to every seventh-grade student during their elective rotations
    *Running small groups on trauma, student success skills, time management, and school attendance
    *Responding to students in crisis and connecting families with social services and agencies
    *Collaborating with teachers, administrators, families, district leaders, and community members to meet with needs of students
    *Actively participating in the Positive Behavior Intervention Support (PBIS) Team and the La Vista Middle School Leadership Team
    *Coordinating 504 plans and assisting with the IIP Process