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259 St George Street St. Augustine, FL  32084 

Phone: (904) 824-2861   |    Fax:  (904) 829-2059

SCHOOL COUNSELOR

​​The school counselor is a member of the CPS faculty and presents programs on current social issues to students, is available for individual counseling and arranges for outside testing.

School Counselor: Melody Ott

Email:  mott@cpsschool.org

Bully Reporting

Help Us Put An End to Bullying!

We care about you! Please let us know your concerns including as many details as you can: what is happening? To whom? Where? Has anyone witnessed this? Any other important details. Even if you don't see us, we WILL address this issue right away!

 

To make an anonymous report

The School Counselor Helps Students
  • The School Counselor is available for all students to address academic, social, and emotional concerns.

  • The School Counselor is available to help students gain confidence so that they can problem solve and resolve conflicts with their peers

  • The School Counselor helps classes develop a sense of team and community through monthly lessons

  • The School Counselor helps students who need additional supports for learning such as small group testing

  • The School Counselor advocates for students in order to help them to be as successful as possible

  • The School Counselor can intervene during times of trauma or crisis and must be informed of such times by the teacher or parent.

  • The counselor will assist with conflict resolution and peer relationship counseling/ bullying intervention

  • From time to time the counselor may offer groups for topics such as: divorce, study skills, social skills, etc.This is based on school need.

  • The School Counselor is available to provide academic testing to evaluate specific learning concerns of individual students

  • The School Counselor will work on behalf of the student to coordinate the RTI process

 

The School Counselor Helps Parents
  • The school counselor can support parents as they move through challenging times within the family.

  • The School Counselor can work with parents to develop a behavior plan that will work to address issues both at school and at home

  • The School Counselor is always available to work in collaboration withoutside resources who may be working with a child

  • The School Counselor can help parents understand the resources and learning strategies available to students with learning differences

  • The School Counselor can make appropriate referrals to outside professionals as needed

 

 

The School Counselor Helps Teachers:
  • The School Counselor can assist teachers in developing plans that will help students with identified challenges.

  • The School Counselor can intervene for teachers and assist them in supporting students who are struggling emotionally, behaviorally, or academically so that appropriate intervention can take place.

  • The School Counselor can develop behavioral interventions and observations for students who are struggling with classroom behavior

  • The counselor will be available to support teachers in parent conferences to address learning and behavioral needs

 
The School Counselor Helps the School:
  • The School Counselor will provide monthly classroom lessons to promote unity and community within the school

  • The School Counselor willrun retreats and team building activities throughout the school year

  • The School Counselor willassist the reading resource teacher as needed

  • The School Counselor will coordinate,implement, and evaluate the standardized testing

Bully Prevention

Dr. Michele Borba

Dr. Borba is a renowned expert on bullying prevention and character development. Her work with parents and educators focuses on helping today's youth develop empathy and resilience. View this short clip of Dr. Borba speaking on "Activating Empathy in Students"

 

Dr. Sameer Hinduja

Dr. Sameer Hinduja is a Professor in the School of Criminology and Criminal Justice at Florida Atlantic University and Co-Director of the Cyberbullying Research Center. He is recognized internationally for his groundbreaking work on the subjects of cyberbullying and safe social networking, concerns that have paralleled the exponential growth in online communication by young people. He works with the U.S. Department of Education and many state departments of education to improve their policies and programming related to the prevention and response of teen technology misuse. Dr. Hinduja is a member of the Research Advisory Board for Harvard University's Internet Safety Task Force. His co-authored book - Bullying beyond the Schoolyard: Preventing and Responding to Cyberbullying - was named Educator Book of the Year by ForeWord reviews. His latest book for educators - School Climate 2.0: Preventing Cyberbullying and Sexting One Classroom at a Time - became available in April 2012. In December 2013, his newest co-authored book specifically written for teens was released (Words Wound: Delete Cyberbullying and Make Kindness Go Viral).

Outside of research and evaluation expertise, Dr. Hinduja provides training to schools, youth organizations, parents, and teens on how to avoid online victimization and its real-world consequences. His interdisciplinary research is widely published in a number of peer-reviewed academic journals, and has been featured on numerous local, state, national, and international media programs, including: CNN's "Anderson Cooper 360," NPR's "All Things Considered," BBC, and The New York Times. He has also been interviewed and cited by hundreds of online and print media outlets. He received his Ph.D. and M.S. in Criminal Justice from Michigan State University (focus area: cybercrime) and his B.S. in Criminal Justice (minor in legal studies) from the University of Central Florida Honors College. At FAU, Dr. Hinduja has won both Researcher of the Year and Teacher of the Year, the two highest honors across the entire university.