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Hello Chelsea Heights students, staff, and families!
My name is Jacob Blum, and I am your School Counselor! This is my second year at Chelsea Heights, and my third years as a counselor with SPPS. I'm very excited to be back with you all for a school year that will certainly be unlike any other.
During my time at Chelsea Heights, I have seen time and time again how strong of a community we have. I could not be more proud to work with such an experienced, knowledgable, creative, and effective team of teachers and staff members. I'm looking forward to supporting our students and families as we adjust to Distance Learning, and making sure all of our students have the academic and socialemotional skills they need to succeed!
What is School Counseling?
A School Counselor is a certified/licensed educator that is uniquely qualified to address the developmental needs of all students through a school counseling program. School Counselors focus efforts on addressing the academic growth, social/emotional development, and career awareness of all students through classroom lessons, small group facilitation, and individual counseling sessions. School counselors can also help educate parents and familes, and aid in navigating through resources available to our students within the community.
What does School Counseling look like at Chelsea Heights?
Classroom Lessons: Each classroom receives a classroom lesson on varying topics bi-weekly, usually for about 30 minutes. I strive to make these lessons relevent, engaging, and fun for students and teachers alike. These lessons are aligned with the SPPS Core Counseling Curriculum and are designed to meet district learning targets. Topics of classroom lessons include: bully prevention, academic skills, conflict resolution, personal safety, career exploration, communication strategies, and team-building. NOTE: During Distance Learning, students will have counseling lessons EVERY week. Lessons will include short (5-10 min.) video lessons, and an enrichment activity to accompay the lesson. You can find your weekly classroom lessons on your classroom's Seesaw (K-3) or Schoology (4-5) page!
Small Group Counseling: Small group counseling sessions will run thoughout the year. Small groups typically meet 30 minutes per week, and are designed to last eight weeks. Small groups are a great way to connect students with similar needs, and are a practical and effective way to build skills. Topics of small groups can include grief & loss, academic support, creating a growth mindset, friendship building, and family change, among many other topics. Students can be reffered for small group counseling by families or by classroom teachers. NOTE: In order to provide confidential services to our students, small groups during Distance Learning will be limited to academic and career related topics. As the year progresses, we will continue to find ways to provide socialemotional small group support for our students.
Individual Counseling Sessions: I also meet with students one-on-one to provide individual support. Individual counseling topics may include: academic concerns, getting along with peers, navigating family change, creating a growth mindset, making positive choices, or other skill-building work. Students seeking individual support can self-refer, or I will also take student referrels from family members or classroom teachers. Please keep in mind that while the individual counseling work I do with students IS confidential, it IS NOT therapy. I bring a brief, solution-focused approach to my individual work with students so that they can minimize the time spent out of their classroom learning environment.
About Mr. Blum
Mr. Blum is an Iowa native currently living in Minneapolis. I attended the University of Minnesota and received my M.A. from the Educational Psychology department’s Counseling & Student Personnel Psychology program in 2018. Prior to that, I attended Iowa State University, receiving my B.S. in Child, Adult, & Family Services in 2015. Even as an Iowa transplant, I have slowly but surely come to know the Twin Cities as ‘home.’ Prior work experience includes Dahl's Family Grocery Store, Iowa Cubs box office, Lowe's Garden Center, and Kindergarten Prep Classroom Teacher at Bright Horizons Child Development Center. When not at school, I spend my time exploring and enjoying the ‘big city’ atmosphere. I enjoy hiking, camping, golfing, attending concerts, painting, reading, and playing with my cat, Pico. My door is always open, and I look forward to getting to know our students and families this year!
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