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Welcome to
Dayton Grade School
School Counseling Department


What an Elementary School Counselor does?

    A school counselor is a  professional educator with mental health training and perspective. Through this lens, our job is to advocate, respond and support the student in (and out) of the educational experience. This is done by...      

One-on-ones—Time that is just the individual and the counselor working a specific skill set; usually no more than 6-8 meeting (less than 20 minutes a time). Small Groups- A focused group, no more than 8-10 students in a group that meets once a week for 8-10 weeks on a specific issue or skill. Career Readiness- With exposure of different vocations, trades, colleges, life skills and jobs, we are putting forward the belief that it is never too young to start dreaming of a future. Community Support and Resources- By being available as a connector to different community resources when things happen or to be in advocate for your family/student.

Guidance Lessons

Guidance lessons allows me as the counselor to see every student once to twice a month. Following American School Counseling Standard (ASCA), I will be teaching lessons K-5 on social skills (how to get along with peers, how to problem solve by yourself, and when do you need to bring in an adult), anti-bullying, calming strategies and other topics.

Referral Process

All students have free access to my services. They can refer themselves by coming to my office, stopping me at recess, bus or in the hall. A staff member or a guardian can refer a student if they believe the student would benefit from this. I will see a student twice before I need written permission from the guardian to continue seeing the student.

We are lucky to have a Yamhill Mental Specialist here at Dayton Grade School two days a week. If more in-depth counseling is needed, referrals can happen without much a delay. Parents/Guardians will be notified first if this is the case.

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Please feel free to contact me with questions, concerns or if you want connect with some resources.

My email is  kari.sanders@dayton.k12.or.us

My phone number is (503) 864-2217

My office hours are Monday to Friday 7:45- 3:30

Feel free to make appointment to meet face to face.

Resources for Families or Students

Yamhill County Community Resource Guide
Winter Resources

Kelso Choices

American School Counselor Association

National Board of Certified Counselors