Counselor's Corner

Counselor's Corner
Posted on 09/11/2017

Hello Manitou Families – this week we administered the Second Step survey pretest to 1st – 5th grade students to help determine what students remember from the Second Step classroom guidance program presented last year and what skills need to be reinforced. Please note students’ responses are anonymous. Individual student answers cannot be connected to a particular student. Reviewing the analysis data in Survey Monkey revealed that students retained much of the material and skills presented last year.

Classroom Guidance – Second Step – Step up to be Cool. Results of Survey (Pretest) for Second Step 1st – 5th grades:

1st Grade: While all three 1st grade classes took the pretest the results are not available, as their test was presented paper/pencil and have not yet been scored. Keep an eye on the Counselor’s Corner for 1st grade scores next week.

2nd Grade: Only five students said you should look at fingerprints to determine if two students might have different feelings about a situation. (Only 2nd grade teachers truly know what might be going through the minds of those 2nd graders J.)

  • Three to five students skipped all the questions on the survey indicating I might have presented the questions too quickly given students’ brief experience on an Ipad device.
  • 85% of students identified three ways to focus attention.
  • 82% of students recognized three skills to help them remember teacher directions.
  • 95% of students recognized that other students might have different feelings about a situation.
  • 73% of students could correctly identify how a student was feeling in a photograph.
  • 96% of students could identify three calming down steps.
  • 78% of students could accurately identify steps to calming down using bellying breathing.
  • 86% of students could identify the problem-solving steps from Second Step.
  • 95% of students were able to define respect.
  • 98% of students were able to provide the best solution to a problem.
  • 23 students chose incorrect responses for exploring consequences (both positive and negative) for solutions to a problem. I am not surprised as this question is complex requiring abstract thinking of second graders.

But overall, second graders did a great job on their pretest!

3rd Grade: *One 3rd grade class missed the pretest due to the labor-day holiday and are not included in the results.

  • 100% of students tested were able to identify feelings correctly (based on physical clues).
  • 91% were able to identify a student in a photograph feeling empathy for another student.
  • 100% chose appropriate skills for beginning a conversation to help another student.
  • 91% of students were able to determine how to be assertive (versus aggressive).
  • 92% of students were able to name the first two steps for calming down.
  • 91% of students recognized how using positive self-talk can help them calm down.
  • 94% of students knew the steps to successful bellying breathing to calm down.
  • 78% of students knew the definition of empathy.
  • 94% of students were able to identify the problem-solving steps from Second Step.
  • 89% of students said solutions to problems should be safe and 83% said solutions to problems should be respectful.

Amazing 3rd grade students!

4th Grade: *one 4th grade class missed the pretest due to the labor-day holiday and are not included in the results.

  • 90% of students knew how to show empathy for other students.
  • 93% of students knew how to be assertive (versus being aggressive).
  • 90% of students are able to respectfully join in a conversation with other students.
  • 71% of students knew the definition of compassion.
  • 85% of students knew the first two steps for calming down.
  • 98% of students knew how to calm down when presented with a scenario of a student cheating.
  • 89% of students knew how to handle their own anxiety.
  • 83% of students could identify an incorrect problem-solving step.
  • 88% of students knew how to state a problem without placing blame on another student.
  • 83% of students knew the steps for designing a plan for a complicated problem.
  • 76% of students resisted making a bad choice when presented with a scenario that would require them to go along with borrowing money without permission.

Overall 4th graders did an excellent job on the pretest!

5th Grade:

  • 95% of students correctly identified how to show empathy for another student.
  • 92% correctly identified how to be assertive (vs. being aggressive).
  • 96% determined how to join in play appropriately.
  • 94% correctly identified how to show compassion.
  • 94% correctly identified how to calm down when they were feeling anxious.
  • 95% correctly named the steps for calming down.
  • 92% correctly identified how to handle frustration.
  • 94% correctly identified the problem-solving steps from Second Step.
  • 92% were able to show helpful by-stander behavior (intervening and helping others in a bullying situation).
  • 95% of students were able to identify steps for making and designing a successful plan to solve a complicated problem.
  • 83% knew how to avoid a bad choice if another student wanted to copy their class-work.

Wow! Way to go 5th grade students!!!

Next week as we tackle our first Second Step lessons, watch the Counselor’s Corner for information for parents designed to reinforce the skills students are learning in their classrooms.

Open House – Tuesday, September 12th, 6:00pm

Please stop by the counseling resource table during Open House on September 12th. We look forward to meeting you!

       One final note: If you feel your child would benefit from small-group counseling services, please print and fill out the form on the next page and return it to the counselor or the front office.

Leatha Hay, MSES School Counselor, 685-2160, [email protected]

Stephanie Wilson, District 14 School Counselor, 685-2227, [email protected]

Jay DeRosa, [email protected], MSES School Counseling Intern (UCCS Graduate Student)

Shayla Margison, [email protected], MSES School Counseling Intern (UNC Graduate Student)

In School Small Group Counseling Form:
counseling form



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