school counseling
Sherry JickaSchool Counselor
Grades K, 2, 4
Call: (757)-564-3372 ext. 47117
Text: (757)-914-0860
Alissa MartinSchool Counselor
Grades 1, 3, 5
Call: (757)-564-3372 ext. 47118
Text: (757)-914-0895

Mission Statement

The mission of the school counseling department at Norge Elementary School is to work in collaboration with parents, teachers, and the community to provide a comprehensive school counseling program which promotes academic, career, and personal/social development for all students in order to inspire in them a lifetime of learning and equip them to overcome the challenges of the 21st century so that they may become successful and productive citizens.

If you have any questions about the school counseling program or have any concerns about your child, please contact Norge’s professional school counselors.

Overview of Counseling Standards

Our work with students is guided by the Virginia Department of Education Standards for School Counselors in the following domains:

Academic: Developing the skills, attitudes, and habits of effective learners.

Career: Providing opportunities for students to explore the world of work and discover how personal interests and abilities can impact career decisions.

Personal/Social: Developing understanding and respect for self and others.

School Counseling Services

Throughout the year, the school counseling department provides the following services:

Lesson topics may include making and keeping friends, teamwork/cooperation, feelings, coping skills, conflict resolution, self-control, bullying prevention, empathy, kindness projects, growth mindset, manners and character, health and safety, peer pressure, keys to academic success, and career awareness.

Small groups are structured and goal oriented.  They typically run 6-8 weeks.  Students are selected for groups based on student, parent, or teacher request.  Depending on need, small groups offered may include academic success, new to Norge, friendship/social skills, worrying/anxiety, self-control, resiliency, military, changing families, grief/loss.  Parent permission is required before a student may attend small groups.

School Counselors provide short term solution-focused counseling for individuals based on referrals by the student, parent, or school staff.  Requests for counseling can be made by in person, by phone, or email.

Please feel free to call or email with any questions or concerns.

Activities include collaborating with middle schools to complete scheduling in the Spring, goal setting with students, and preparing rising 6th graders for lockers by practicing with combination locks.

Programs include Bullying-Prevention in October, Kindness Month, Month of the Military Kid, and others as needed.