Welcome back Big Lake Beavers!If we haven't met before, my name is Ariel Williams and I am the school counselor at Big Lake. This is my fourth year at the school and I love being part of this school community! As a mom and an educator, I know that one of my biggest concerns is how our students are adjusting socially and emotionally to all these changes over the last year and a half. I know I am not alone in these worries; our district, our teachers and fellow parents have all expressed similar concerns and sought to create support for success for our students.
As a first step in addressing this need, the district has adopted the Second Step social emotional curriculum which will be taught weekly and reinforced daily by the classroom teacher. The Second Step curriculum will cover four units including: Growth Mindset & Goal Setting, Emotional Management, Kindness and Empathy, and Problem Solving.
As school counselor I will continue to visit classrooms biweekly to focus on Character Traits through the PurposeFull People curriculum. We will be focusing on 10 traits: Courage, Respect, Perseverance, Gratitude, Honesty, Kindness, Empathy, Responsibility, Cooperation, and Creativity over the course of the school year.
In addition to classroom lessons, I will be meeting with students in small groups and individually. Please feel free to reach out at any time if you have any questions or concerns. Looking forward to reconnecting with you all this year.
Ariel Williams firstname.lastname@example.org