Jennifer Dey Smith, M.Ed.

Jennifer Dey Smith, M.Ed.

School Counselor 

757.887.1768 (ext. 44205)

Fax: 757.812.7161

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Make sure to check out the PHOTO GALLERY below to see the program in action!

Mission, Vision & Beliefs


The mission of the school counseling program at James River Elementary is to advocate for the culturally and socio-economically diverse needs of all our students within a safe and nurturing environment. Comprehensive and developmentally appropriate school counseling services are provided that proactively foster the well-being of the whole child. The school counseling program promotes the equity, access, and success of every student through the delivery of a multi-tiered system of support instilling attitude, knowledge, and skills necessary to overcome barriers to learning and achieve success within an international society. In partnership with staff, families, and community members, the program engages all students in acquiring social, emotional, academic, and career competencies which enhance learning and create a culture of responsible, compassionate, and career ready students well-prepared to meet the challenges of the 21st century.


The James River Elementary school counseling program envisions all of our students as responsible, resilient, and respectful citizens prepared for success in their post-secondary and lifelong pursuits. James River students demonstrate life skills to navigate the complexities of the 21st century and manage their lives as healthy, knowledgeable, and compassionate members of an intercultural society. They embrace their own self-worth, and are motivated to contribute to their community in order to create a more peaceful world.


  1. Every student is valuable and has the ability to learn and achieve.
  2. Every student has the right to a safe and nurturing learning environment supported by a culturally compassionate school community.
  3. All students need developmentally appropriate social-emotional skills to achieve optimum benefits from the academic program.
  4. All students’ ethnic, racial, cultural, and socioeconomic differences and special needs are considered in the planning and implementation of the school counseling program.
  5. All students have equitable access to school counseling services provided by a highly qualified licensed school counselor.
  6. The school counselor advocates for the well-being and success of all students.
  7. The school counselor supports students’ development of social, emotional, academic, and career readiness skills.
  8. The school counselor helps build a positive school environment by encouraging and facilitating collaboration among parents, educators, and community members to further student achievement.
  9. The school counselor provides need-based, best-practice services that are evaluated and refined for effectiveness using student performance data.
  10. The school counseling program is planned, managed, delivered, and evaluated by the school counselor with support from an advisory council representing all stakeholders.
  11. The school counselor must abide by the ASCA Ethical Standards for School Counselors.


The school counseling program will provide education, prevention, early identification and intervention services to address the academic, social/emotional and career development needs of all students.

These services will include:

Counseling Core Curriculum Lessons or activities that promote knowledge, attitudes and skills of student competencies through instruction in the classroom (e.g. classroom guidance) or planned group activities outside of the classroom.
Small Group Counseling Ongoing group counseling sessions provided to students with similar developmental or situational challenges with the goal of achieving healthy personal adjustment and coping with the stress of changing/complex environments.
Individual Counseling Planned, goal-focused, short-term counseling sessions to assist students in overcoming issues impeding success or expressing difficulties dealing with developmental tasks.
Crisis Response Helping students navigate critical and emergency situations. This includes recognizing and responding to student mental health crisis and offering short-term intervention, referral and follow up.
Individual Student Planning Analyzing students’ abilities, interests, skills and achievement to help them make decisions and develop immediate and long-range educational, career and personal goals.
Collaboration Teaming/partnering with other stakeholders to support student achievement, advocate for student programs and facilitate workshops about student developmental tasks for parents/guardians and staff.
Consultation Working with professionals inside and outside of the school building to assist in identifying and addressing barriers to student achievement.
Referrals Providing community resources as needed and staying connected with these resources to wrap support services around students across all environments.
School-wide Student Support Programs Provides academic and/or behavioral support as well as career or personal/social development to all students through planned programs, interventions or activities (e.g. MTSS interventions, college & career week, behavior incentive programs, mentoring programs, etc.).
Program & Standards

JRE School Counseling Program Annual Calendar 2018-19

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About Mrs. Smith

I love being a Dolphin! I first joined WJCC schools in 1999 prior to working in community counseling. I’ve worked in five other WJCC schools at both the elementary and middle school levels, and have found my home among the fabulous JRE school community!

I grew up in Fox Hill of Hampton sailing and hanging out at Buckroe Beach…I love the water! I settled in the ‘burg in 1996 with my husband, who is a native here and retired JCC Fire Fighter. We met in college at VCU and are preparing for college again, but as parents with a Freshman and a Junior at JHS! We love to spend time outdoors camping and boating. I also enjoy music with dancing and playing the drums.

I am so blessed to be able to serve JRE as the school counselor. I am passionate about what I do, and am an advocate for our students and families. Please feel free to contact me for any reason, even if to just say ‘Hi!”


Here are some pictures showing annual school-wide activities sponsored by the school counseling program:
International Day of Peace (Sept.), Unity Week/Bullying Prevention Month (Oct.), College & Career Week to include CNU Tour (March), and Purple-Up Day for our military children and families (April).
It also gives you a peak at classroom lessons, small groups, our Peer Helper program, and the 5th grade Girl P.O.W.E.R. club.