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Hello, I would like to introduce myself; I am Amy Barnett, Mountain View Elementary School Counselor. I received my Master’s in Education and my School Counseling Certificate at Central Washington University. Before coming to Mountain View, I worked as  Licensed Mental Health Counselor (LMHC), Certified Child Mental Health Specialist (CMHS), Certified Disability Mental Health Specialist (DMHS), Family Preservation Specialist (FPS) and a Designated Mental Health Professional (DMHP). Being a school counselor is by far the most rewarding job I have ever had, and I am so thankful to be working with all of you.

 

At Quincy School Districtour elementary school counselors provide support to students, parents, and staff. This support may include: school counseling, classroom lessons (on social emotional learning (SEL) topics such as: anti-bullying, conflict resolution, self-regulation, character traits, and empathy just to name a few.), short-term counseling to students, referrals for long-term support to appropriate internal and external agencies, the development of 504 plans, collaboration with families, teachers, administrators and community stakeholders for student success.

 

If you have any questions please feel to contact me at: (509) 787-4548 ext 3310. My email is: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Another way you can reach me is by completing the Student/Parent Check In Form; to complete the form, click on the link below:

 

Student/Parent Check In Form 

 

Thanks for stopping by. I will continue to add new resources and information as I gather them.

 

Amy Barnett, School Counselor

School Counselor Social Emotional Learning Curriculum, Calendar and Resources 

September - October: 

Counselor Introduction: What is a counselor’s role in your school? To help children:

  • Learn how to solve their problems in a healthy way while keeping themselves and others’ safe
  • Identify and manage uncomfortable feelings with appropriate self-regulation skills, and how to ask for help from an adult when needed, so that they can be successful in school
  • Connect their choices to natural and logical consequences (both good and bad) in an effort to help them reach their goals in life and in school
  • Teach classroom lessons on Monthly Character Traits, Kelso’s choices, Bullying, Safety, Careers and The Zones of Regulation.

The Zones of Regulation  (https://www.zonesofregulation.com/index.html): A lesson on how can we stay in our “upstairs brain” (or learning ready brain) we when start going into our “downstairs brain” (our not-learning-ready brain) by identifying what “zone” we are in (Blue = sad, tired, lonely etc.; Green = happy, ready to learn, well-rested etc.; Yellow = frustrated, silly, wiggly etc.; Red = angry, extremely frustrated, out of control etc.) and what we can do to get back into our upstairs brain quickly (use the classroom calming corner, do our breathing ball exercises, get a drink of water, ask our teacher for help, do some stretching at our desks etc.). We also watch this Kristen Sours WSU video lesson on The Learning Ready Brain

Kelso’s Choices (https://kelsoschoice.com/): Three lessons on conflict resolution skills. 

We learn that conflict or disagreement is normal and often happens when children get together. However, hurtful words, gestures or physical attack are unacceptable ways to deal with conflict and disagreement at school. 

Our goal is to teach students several positive ways to deal with these difficult situations. To do this, we are asking student who have minor problems to try at least two of the following ideas:

 1. Go to another game or activity 

2. Respectfully talk it over and listen to each other 

3. Walk away from the problem 

4. Ignore the problem behavior 

5. Tell the person to stop the problem behavior 

6. Apologize 

7. Make a deal or compromise 

8. Wait to cool off 

9. Share and take turns

This process can be done before asking for adult help. When a request for adult help is made, it will include the two ideas tried: “Mrs. Jones, Tad is teasing me about my glasses. I tried ignoring him, and I have told him it hurts my feelings when he makes fun of me. He’s still calling me names.”  The playground supervisor at school will get involved and help solve the problem by using our playground discipline plan. Of course, the playground supervisor will immediately handle any serious conflicts that cause a child to feel threatened or frightened. 

As students reach 4th grade, they learn to differentiate the verbal choices from the nonverbal choices. Also, students are no longer asked to share and take turns to solve minor problems as they have generally mastered this skill.

By using this plan, we believe that our students will develop effective problem-solving skills that they can use again and again. It will help them to deal with conflict in a positive manner and to make appropriate decisions. Knowing what to do will help students reduce the stress and number of conflicts they have at school and in their neighborhood. 

This program will begin soon at school. Colorful charts illustrating ways to deal with conflict will be posted so all children will know their choices. We encourage you to become familiar with this program and use it in your home. By working together, we can develop a healthy life skill for young people to use at home and at school.   

November through December: 

Bullying Prevention Unit (https://www.secondstep.org/bullying-prevention)The following is the parent letter sent home with students:

We are beginning our Counseling Lessons on Bullying Prevention

The information that is included in our lessons is outlined in the columns below.

Go online today SecondStep.org activation key BPUK FAMI LY00 

  • Bullying is mean or hurtful behavior that keeps happening, is unfair and one-sided, and the person it’s happening to hasn’t been able to make it stop.

What Is My Child Learning? 

Your child is learning how to recognize, report and refuse bullying.

Why Is This Important? 

Being able to recognize bullying is the first step in getting it to stop. Your child also needs to know how to report the bullying and identify caring adults they can report it to. And lastly, they will learn how to stop bullying from happening to themselves or others.

Ask your child: 

• Is bullying on purpose or by accident? On purpose. 

• Is bullying mean or kind? Mean. 

• Does bullying happen just one time, or does it happen over and over? Over and over. 

• How do you think you’d feel if you were bullied? Possible answers: Sad, hurt, mad, scared, afraid, embarrassed, uncomfortable.

Practice at Home 

Help your child practice recognizing bullying. Ask your child about his or her day at school: Did children play and work well together today? If yes, ask: What things were you doing that were kind and respectful? If no, ask: What happened? Then ask more questions to help your child recognize if what happened was bullying: 

  • Was someone being mean on purpose? If yes, ask the next question. If no, then it probably wasn’t bullying. 
  • Has this ever happened before? If yes, ask the next question. If no, then it probably wasn’t bullying. 
  • Have you (or he or she if it happened to someone other than your child) been able to get it to stop? If yes, ask: What did you (or he or she) do to make it stop?
  • Who are the caring adults in your school that you can report bullying too? Teacher, School Counselor, Paraprofessional, Principal, Office Staff

If you and your child think it was bullying and your child hasn’t been able to make it stop, report the bullying to your child’s teacher, school counselor or principal. 

  • For more information on our school’s anti-bullying policy and specific procedures, check our school website or contact the school office. Thank you for helping us make our school a safe, respectful place where everyone can learn.

January through March:

Child Protection Unit (https://www.secondstep.org/child-protection): The following is the parent letter sent home with students:

The Quincy School District is using the Second Step program in your child’s classroom to teach students important skills for getting along with others and doing well in school. It also helps our school be a safe and supportive place where everyone can learn.

To help make our school even more safe and supportive, I will be teaching a series of six lessons online beginning in February 2021 from the Second Step Child Protection Unit. In these lessons, students will learn three types of skills: 

  • Personal Safety. Students will learn important safety rules, such as safety with guns, sharp tools, and fire, and when riding on wheels or in cars. They will also learn ways to help them decide if something is safe or not.
  • Touching Safety. Students will learn about safe, unsafe, and unwanted touches, and rules about touching private body parts. They’ll also learn to say no to unsafe or unwanted touches, and to tell an adult if someone breaks rules about touching private body parts.
  • Assertiveness. These lessons will also give students a chance to practice asking an adult for help, telling an adult about an unsafe situation, and being assertive to get out of unsafe situations.

If you have any questions about the Child Protection Unit, please contact me. If you do not want your child to participate in these lessons, please complete, sign, and return the bottom portion of this letter, or contact me or your child’s teacher. 

Go online to SecondStep.org and log in with the Activation Key CPUK FAMI LYGK to get more information about what your child is learning in the Second Step program. Thank you for helping us to make our school a safe and supportive place where everyone can learn.

April

Career Exploration:

  • It's never too early to start dreaming about your future
  • Careers are jobs that grown ups have, usually for a long time
  • Identifying interests (things they like to do)
  • Most people try to choose a career that follows their interests 

May-June: 

Review of Kelso, Zones of Regulation, Character Traits 

Monthly Character Traits: 

  • What does the character trait mean?
  • What would it look like and sound like to show each character trait?
  • Why is it important to have this character trait?

September: Kindness - showing others you care

October: Empathy - understanding how others are feeling

November: Gratitude - Learning to be thankful

December: Respect - treat others the way you want to be treated

January: Responsibility - people doing what they say they will do

February: Honesty - Tell the truth (don't lie), play fair (don't cheat), respect others' belongings (don't steal)

March: Cooperation - working and playing together with the same purpose

April: Forgiveness - letting go of anger, sadness and hurt feelings

May: Perseverance - never giving up

June: Safetyshowing awareness, being cautious, and making good decisions

Elementary Family Resources

 

Local Resources

Quincy Community Health Center

1450 1st Ave SW

Quincy, WA 98848

(509) 787-6423

Grant Mental Health/Grant Integrated Services

203 So. Central

Quincy, WA 98848

(509) 765-9239    (509) 787-4466

Emergency number: (509) 765-1717

Suicide Prevention Hotline

1-800-273-8255

Lighthouse Counseling Services

1005 10th Ave SW

Quincy, WA 98848

(509) 398-0401

Quincy Community Food Bank

210 1st SE

Quincy, WA 98848

(509) 787-4963

Serve Quincy

821 2nd Ave SW

Quincy, WA 98848

(509) 797-7356

 

Back to School Resources 

The Imagination Neighborhood

Quincy School District Virtual Calming Room

 

Socio-Emotional Activities

Many counselors around the country have been sharing resources for families to help with Social-Emotional Learning. The resources below are options to help.

Calming Activities

Mental Health First Aid

Schedule Ideas

Activities to do at Home

Mountain View Elementary

119 D Street NW
Quincy, WA 98848

Phone: 509-787-4548
Fax: 509-787-9025

Hours: Mon 9:30-3:00, Tues-Fri: 8:10-3:00

Principal: Mrs. Tiffany Viall

School Counselor:
Amy Barnett

Administrative Assistant:
Cathie Wind

Administrative Assistant Attendance:
Andrea Alamaraz 

Parent Liason:
Esther Mendoza

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