HIGH SCHOOL GUIDANCE COUNSELOR

Melrose High School ( learn more )

Melrose Public Schools

Melrose, Massachusetts ( map )

Job Details

  • Job ID: 3078548
  • Application Deadline: April 30, 2019
  • Posted : April 8, 2019
  • Starting Date: August 26, 2019

Job Description

High School Guidance Counselor

Qualifications
  • Degree in content specific field.
  • Excellent communication skills
  • Appropriate Massachusetts licensure required (School Guidance Counselor 5-12)
  • S.E.I. Endorsement
  • Successful completion of a Criminal Record Check (C.O.R.I.) and fingerprint check.
1. Preparation for College/Career - Caseload is determined by the teams the counselor is assigned to – a counselor follows a grade of students throughout their high school experience
  • Facilitate use of Naviance
  • Prepare and Present to parents
  • Assist in application process with students
    2. Entry/exit procedures for students
    Registration of new students
    • Conduct an initial interview with parent/guardian and student
    • Collect appropriate data i.e. health records, proof of residency, transcripts, IEP/504 information, contact former school if need be
    • Create schedule, inform teachers, provide orientation, arrange for peer helpers
    3. Special Education Responsibilities
    • Organize, conduct Instructional Support Team meetings for academically at risk students
    • Collect data for the I.S.T. process, maintain file, refer for testing
    • Attend all IEP team meetings – initial, annual, and 3-year re-evaluations for each child
    4. 504 Accommodation Plans
  • Assist the principal in maintaining a file of all plans
  • Facilitate the implementation of the plan – especially as regards providing middle school staff with information
  • Assist the principal in reviewing plans annually
  • Assist the principal in new referrals and the creation of plans as needed
  • Hold parent meetings to discuss the implementation and accommodations of the plans

    5. School Crisis Intervention Teams - Call meetings of, organize/chair meeting, provide/arrange relevant staff development as appropriate
    • Students at Risk –suicide ideation/action, runaways, chemical involvement, self-injurious behavior and any other emotional crisis
    • “Good Grief” – grieving protocol
    6. Counseling – variety of referrals
    • Be available for crisis/immediate need on a daily basis – home visits for school phobics and potential truants
    • Referrals from administration – particularly suspended students –part of the re-entry processes
    • Self-referrals – students bring themselves to the guidance office on a regular basis for issues that range from family concerns to peer issues to academic concerns
    • Teachers refer/bring students for a variety of reasons, most prominent academic or non discipline behavioral issues
    • Parental referrals for additional support with their children with school and/or home concerns
    • Conflict resolutions between individuals with peer issues primarily – on occasion, between students and teacher and student and parents.
    • Run an issue – oriented group, i.e. grief, loss through divorce, friend moving, bullying, social interactions etc.
    7. Academically at risk students
    • Review mid-quarter progress reports, meet with students, call parents etc.
    • End of year, contact parents of students who must attend summer school and assist in making appropriate plans
    8. Testing – standardized
    MCAS
    • Assist principal in organizing schedule
    • distribute materials – preparing testing materials for 12 homerooms (per grade) and special ed. staff
    • Collect, itemize, and pack materials for return
    • administer make-up tests to students who were absent
    • Organize I.S.S.P. (Individual Student Success Plans) for students who receive a Warning on a designated MCAS test
    • file 300 + scores
    • Locate, mail, transfer students MCAS scores
    Other standardized tests – any other test to be administered to a significant group, grade or school would be organized through the guidance department
    9. Legal Issues
    • file 51A, C.H.I.N.S. as needed
    • attend court and represent school at hearings as needed
    10. Northeast Metropolitan Regional Technical Vocational High School
    • arrange an informational assembly for the eighth grade
    • process applications – meet with interested students and parents
    • arrange a tour of the school for/with interested students
    • as needed attend annual reviews for special education students accepted to the school.
    11. Outside agencies
    • contact, request and supply information to the courts/police and DCFS and contracted agencies
    • Consult with physicians, psychologists and other therapists about student’s caseload.
    • Work directly with Melrose Alliance Against Violence to implement programs
    • Coordinate Arbour and HES counseling services
    • Research various programs and resources for families
    12. Miscellaneous programming within school
    • Maintain regular consultations with METCO coordinator
    • Schedule, consult and support ESL students
    • Arrange tutoring – Bridge volunteers, high school students doing community service
    • Collect homework assignments for absentees
    • List of students not attending MHS
    • Assist & attend Drug & Alcohol Summit Week
    • Assist & attend Random Acts of Kindness Summit Week
    • Position Type: Full-time
    • Positions Available: 1
  • Job Category : Student Services > School/Guidance Counselor
  • Equal Opportunity Employer

    Melrose Public Schools is committed to maintaining a work and learning environment free from discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, pregnancy, gender identity, sexual orientation, marital/civil union status, ancestry, place of birth, age, citizenship status, veteran status, political affiliation, genetic information or disability, as defined and required by state and federal laws. Additionally, we prohibit retaliation against individuals who oppose such discrimination and harassment or who participate in an equal opportunity investigation.

    Job Requirements

    • Applications accepted through School Spring.

      NO phone calls please.

      Current Massachusetts licensure iin subject matter required.
    • Master degree preferred
    • Citizenship, residency or work visa required

    Application Questions

    There ARE NO application questions required FOR this job posting.

    Contact Information

    • Jason Merrill , Principal
    • 360 Lynn Fells Parkway
    • Melrose, Massachusetts 02176

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