Claire Brantley

School Counselor

Hours: M-F 8am-3:30pm
Phone: 757-566-4300 ext. 49320

Shelley Gilbert

School Counselor

Hours: M/T 8-11:45am, W/F 10:30am-3:30pm
Phone: 757-566-4300 ext. 49319

Mission and Vision

Stonehouse Elementary School Counseling Mission Statement:

In partnership with faculty, staff, families, and the community, Stonehouse Elementary School counselors advocate for the safety and success of all students by providing a comprehensive school counseling program that meets the range of students’ academic, career, and social emotional needs and promotes their equitable access to a rigorous education.

Stonehouse Elementary School Counseling Vision Statement:

Students will develop life-long leadership skills that empower them to seek opportunities for continuous self-growth, strive beyond their fullest potential, and contribute positively as productive members of the 21st century.

About Our Services

We provide the following counseling program services:

Counseling Core Curriculum Lessons or activities that promote knowledge, attitudes, and skills through monthly instruction in the classroom or planned group activities outside of the classroom

What this looks like in action:
Each month, we come to your child’s classroom for a Work Ready Visit to teach skills like conflict resolution, goal-setting, growth mindset, and stress management. Students are challenged to make school-to-work connections as they discover how these important skills prepare them for success in college and careers.
We extend learning through a weekly career development segment on the morning announcements called Future Fridays, which gives students the opportunity to further explore the world of work and present their discoveries and passions to their peers.

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

What this looks like in action:
We spend the beginnging of each semester collecting data to determine areas of student need and creating small groups that will address them. Upon obtaining parent consent and scheduling each session, students meet for 4-8 weeks with us, typically during the months of November-December and March-April. We continue to track progress after the group concludes and provide follow-up support as needed.

Individual Counseling Planned, goal-focused, short-term counseling sessions to assist students in overcoming issues impeding success or expressing difficulties dealing with developmental tasks

What this looks like in action:
We receive requests for individual counseling from parents, school staff, and students. Our focus when we meet with students one-on-one is to understand their perspective on what’s occurring and help them explore and practice strategies to respond safely and successfully.

Crisis Response Helping students navigate critical and emergency situations (e.g. recognizing and responding to student mental health crisis and offering short-term intervention, referral, and follow up)

What this looks like in action:
We conduct risk assessments, communicate results with parents, and work together to develop a plan to keep students safe and able to effectively express themselves.

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

What this looks like in action:
We work with fourth grade students in developing an Academic and Career Plan Portfolio (ACPP). We guide students through an interest inventory to help them identify areas for career exploration. We support fifth grade families in preparation for middle school transition by coordinating course requests and sharing information. We organize a schoolwide Career Day as a part of our college and career week, which exposes students to a diverse array of careers with the opportunity to personally connect with role models.

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

What this looks like in action:
We offer parent workshop learning opportunities throughout the year, meet with community partners, school team members, and parents to develop plans and programs that support student success. We coordinate food, clothing, and gift drive programs throughout the year to support our Sea Star families.

Consultation Working with professionals inside and outside of the school building to assist in identifying and addressing barriers to student achievement

What this looks like in action:
We attend child study and MTSS meetings and communicate with local practitioners to gather and share information.

Referrals Providing community resources as needed and staying connected with these resources to wrap support services around students across all environments

What this looks like in action:
We connect families with resources in the community like counseling services, camps, and behavioral support.

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.

What this looks like in action:
We celebrate positive student choices through our Leadership Awards program. We also lead our school’s bullying prevention initiatives and multicultural awareness events.

The school counseling program is aligned with the US Department of Education’s Every Student Succeeds Act, the Virginia Standards of Learning, the Standards for School Counseling Programs in Virginia Public Schools, and the American School Counselor Association’s Mindsets & Behaviors for Student Success: K-12 College and Career Readiness Standards for Every Student.


For a summary of the services and programs we have planned this school year, check out the 2018-19 SES Annual School Counseling Calendar.

Curious what a day in the life of a school counselor looks like? Did you know we track our use of time in an online system? Here’s a snapshot of one of our daily logs!

Parent Workshop Archives

SES Parent Workshop Archive

The SES school counseling team provides resources for parents and guardians to help support students’ academic, social emotional and career development. Below you will find materials from previous workshops we’ve offered.

Daily and Difficult Conversations with Children
Hone strategies for effective everyday communication with your child, as well as a developmentally appropriate plan for discussing sensitive topics now and in the future.

Bullying Prevention and Intervention
Identify the distinct characteristics of bullying behavior and how to respond if your child reports bullying to you. Learn about our school-wide prevention program that teaches respect and appropriate self-advocacy, as well as our process for responding to reports of bullying.

Help Your Child Develop Skills to Manage Stress and Anxiety
It’s normal to feel anxious or stressed from time to time. Here’s how to help your child develop skills to manage these difficult feelings effectively.

Training Your Child for Success in the Classroom and Beyond
Does your child have difficulty with staying on task, adapting to change, remembering things, or self-control? Learn what you can expect of your child, how these skills develop, and how to support them at home.

Student Leadership Awards

We want our students to know how much we value their positive behaviors and choices. Once a quarter, teachers select two students from their class who have demonstrated exemplary safety, tolerance, attitude, respect, and/or striving. Winners are recognized with a prestigious prize package including: their picture on our Leadership bulletin board near the main entrance, a special medal presented to them on the morning announcements, lunch bunch with a counselor, and keepsake award certificate presented at our award ceremony.

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