School Counselor

Mrs. Lesley Jacobs has a Master's degree in School and Community Counseling from UW-Milwaukee.  She has been a Counselor in the Sparta School District for the past 13 years.  She is married and has three boys.  Mrs. Jacobs has a special interest in bullying prevention.  She works at Meadowview Intermediate as well as the Sparta Charter Pre-Kindergarten.

Through School Counseling at Meadowview Intermediate school, students have the opportunity to participate in programs designed to meet their emotional, social and academic developmental needs. Activities focus on increasing well-being and a sense of belonging at school.

The School Counseling program includes:

  • Individual and Small Group counseling
  • Classroom guidance
  • Support groups

Other activites offered through the Counseling department that promote student leadership, achievement and school ownership include:

  • Peer Mediation
  • Citizenship Club
  • Challenge Academy Cadet tutoring
  • Bullying awareness and prevention

For more information, please call Lesley Jacobs, School Counselor, at (608) 269-2187 or e-mail ljacobs@spartan.org.

OCTOBER IS NATIONAL BULLYING PREVENTION MONTH

Activities at MVI......

  1. Bully Busters of the Month - teachers will nominate students who are good role models to others and do their part in helping to make MVI bully-free
  2. All 4th grade students will be receiving an award-winning bullying prevention book to keep!
  3. School-wide bullying prevention activities every 3rd Friday of the month and during our early dismissal day assemblies each month.  These activities will include skits, book readings by community members, a visit from High School students, a special speaker and more!
  4. Classroom activities and discussions

TIPS FOR PARENTS……

WARNING SIGNS
That your child is being bullied...........

  • Sudden lack of interest in school or refusal to go to school
  • Frequent stomachaches, headaches or pains
  • Unable to sleep or sleeping too much
  • Complaints about or refusal to ride the bus
  • Withdrawal from family or friends
  • Sudden moodiness, anger or sadness

HOW TO ASK
If something is wrong..........
? "It seems something is bothering you. How are you getting along with kids at school? ? Are there kids who       might be picking on you, teasing or saying mean things to you?"
? "Are there students who are leaving you out on purpose?"
? "Who do you sit by/talk with at lunch? Who do you play with at recess?"

WHAT TO DO
If your child is being bullied..........

  • Reassure your child that you will help him/her work through this. Say that you are glad he/she told you. Let your child know that you will help. Ask what he/she thinks should be done and say that you will keep him/her informed regarding the steps you take.
  • Listen carefully to your child and gather as many details as possible. Where, when, how often, who else may have seen it happen?
  • Don't blame your child or assume that he/she did something to instigate the bullying. Do not tell your child that it is just a part of growing up.
  • Above all, make home a place where you child feels safe and loved.

This fact sheet adapted from, Take a Stand, Lend a Hand, Stop Bullying Now, a project of the Health, Resources and Services Administration of the US Department of Health and Human Services at http://www.stopbullyingnow.org and the No-Name Calling Week Resource guide, Copyright 2004 by GLSEN, Inc.

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