• If you have a specific need or request for your child, please do not hesitate to contact
    Ms. Connie Hines at 303-646-1827 or chines@esdk12.org

    As part of our school’s guidance program, some students are invited to participate in small group counseling sessions with the school counselor, Ms. Hines. Any student is eligible for group. (*NOTE: Students often ask me if they can join a group; however, parent permission is required if they would like to join, so if you are a parent and are interested, please do not hesitate to contact me).

    Groups focus on areas such as self-esteem, friendship, positive thinking, family changes, and inner-strength (Strong PAWS). Children who share common concerns and goals meet together with the counselor to receive support through related and developmentally appropriate activities, talking, learning, and sharing. While the groups are not "therapeutic," they are great avenues for students to receive new information, and connect with other students struggling with similar issues. Participation in these groups is completely voluntary, and parent approval is required.

    Many groups meet once per week during lunch time, so as not to disrupt daily learning; however some groups that require additional time and attention occur during class-time and students will leave class for approximately 20 minutes. Students go to Ms. Hines room (#107).

    Student needs are based upon information received by the counselor from parents, students and staff.

    If you are interested in your child participating in a group, please talk with, or email, the school counselor, Ms. Hines, at any time and we will do our best to accommodate you.

    FRIENDSHIP/SOCIAL SKILLS: Oftentimes, children require a little bit of extra information, or reminders, when it comes to making, keeping and strengthening friendships.

    STRONG PAWS: Being a kid can be tough work, particularly when it comes to learning how to resolve conflicts with others. The Strong PAWS group will focus on keeping your cool, and using new techniques and strategies when difficult situation occur.

    PAWSITIVE THINKING: This group will challenge students to think about how they interpret the world and events around them, in order to view life in a more positive manner.

    FAMILY CHANGES: Many children struggle with changes in their home structure from time to time. This can include new siblings, divorce/separation, loss, moving homes, or just about anything else. First and foremost, this group will make it clear to these students that they are not alone during this difficult time.

    SELF-ESTEEM: This groups seeks to build confidence in children by examining each individual person’s strengths and difficulties, and accomplishing goals that are within reach.

    CALMING COYOTES: This group provides strategies, ideas and changes in thinking in order to relax oneself. It can be useful for students struggling with anxiety, pressures, or even anger and irritability.