School Counselors

Interim School Counselor

Ms. Kathy Scully

Welcome! The Comprehensive School Counseling Program at Chapman Elementary School is designed to support students’ social, personal and academic development.  These areas are the foundation for future success. In addition to crisis counseling, Cheshire Public Schools has a developmental guidance program.  Through this program, I go into every classroom and teach life skills and character education.  The guidance program helps children feel safe, comfortable and supported so that they are available to learn. In addition to classroom lessons, small group counseling and individual counseling services are available. I provide a safe, caring environment that invites the students to overcome academic, personal or social obstacles in their development.  If there is anything you would like me to know about your child or if you have any questions, I welcome you to email or call me. I am looking forward to working with you and your children, and making sure they have a successful experience at Chapman Elementary School.

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Classroom Curriculum

Each year, the school counselor teaches lessons in each classroom. These lessons provide the opportunity for students to get to know the counselor. The lessons, which are skill based and developmentally appropriate, address the following topics:

  • Kindergarten - Behavior control, Listening skills
  • Grade 1 - Understanding of Self and Others
  • Grade 2 - Identifying and Expressing Feelings
  • Grade 3 - Peer Relationships and Problem Solving
  • Grade 4 - Coping Strategies, Decision Making, Internet Safety
  • Grade 5 - Peer Relationships / Friendship
  • Grade 6 - Transitioning to middle school - academic and personal goal setting


Parent Conferences

The counselor is available as an ongoing support to ALL parents through:

  •     Informal conferences
  •     Parent/teacher/counselor conferences


Small Group Counseling

Small group counseling allows children with similar issues an opportunity to meet. Through this group interaction, children are helped to develop positive coping skills, thus facilitating school adjustment.

Group sessions include:

  • New Kids/New School
  • Friendship/Social Skills
  • Restructured Families/Children of Divorce
  • Grief/Loss


Individual Counseling

As needed, the counselor meets with individual students on either a short or long term basis. Teachers, parents, students or the Student Study Team may initiate referrals for individual counseling.

Individual counseling topics include:

  • Social Skills
  • Self-Esteem
  • Problem Solving
  • Grief/Loss