Happy Summer!!

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Happy Summer everyone, we made it! What a year it has been. I officially survived my first year at Virginia Randolph Education Center (VREC), my first year working in Henrico County Public Schools, and my first year as a School Counselor… EVER. I have grown so much personally and professionally in my year of “firsts”. I’ve grown to know and cherish the wonderful team on our campus whom without their friendship, guidance, and listening ear this year would have gone a lot differently. There is a fantastic, flexible, and supportive administration here who truly have the best interests of staff and students at heart. Last but not least, the lively students of VREC have impacted my life forever with their love, enthusiasm, stories, strength, humor, resiliency, and passion.

This year we had 1 graduate of our Functional ID program, 4 successful transitions of our ED program students back to the comprehensive setting, and 1 transition from our Upper Banks Center that is slated to start at the beginning of the next school year. So many of our students have made tremendous strides over the course of this year and my heart swells with pride and optimism for all their remaining potential.

I will be on campus for the majority of the summer making plans and changes to programming for the 2017-2018 school year. I would love to hear from students, parents, and other faculty members to hear your input as to what adjustments can make the next year of Ram Nation even more successful.

I spent the majority of this year in immersion and acclimation, leaving me little time to maintain this blog the way I had hoped and desired. One project I have planned for myself as I reflect on last school year and make plans for the upcoming one is to do a “year in review” set of blog posts. I hope to update more regularly in the future with upcoming events, lessons, and resources.

I hope you enjoy the sneak peak into the wonderful chaos of last year as much as I enjoyed living it. <3

Welcome to My Office!

Hello! Over the summer I spent a lot of my time getting my office kid-ready for the fall. As a huge Harry Potter fan, I decided to make that my theme. I loved reading the books as a kid and wanted to pass some of the messages in the magic onto the kiddos at VREC. Here’s how I did it:

This is my version of the Weasley clock. Just like Mrs. Weasley used her clock to keep track of the whereabouts of all her children, this clock lets my kids know where I am on campus and when I’m available to meet!
Side note: My door is SUPER heavy. I try to keep my clock as accurate as possible, but sometimes if I switch the hand before I shut my door, it falls to the bottom when it closes. Whomp whomp.

Since this is a recap post. students and staff found out my fondness for the wizarding world and showered me with themed gifts throughout the year. This is where I put them. Note that at the bottom there is a shoe box creature. This is my pet “worry monster” where kids can write down their concerns and feed them to monster in hopes that it lessens their troubles.

-Albus Dumbledore

My confidentiality notice hanging on the wall of my office.

Original Houses who competed for House Cup

VREC House Cup PBIS system

This PBIS (Positive Behavior Intervention & Supports) was probably my biggest project of the year and I had a lot of fun with it. Each homeroom was designated a specific animal mascot and color (just like at Hogwarts!). Throughout the year, houses (or homerooms) earned points (in the form of fuzzies) towards different incentives (line 1: ice cream social, line 2: pizza party & movie). Points are earned from someone in the class earning 1) student of the week, 2) the whole class earning a class bonus, or 3) individuals in the class receiving positive behavior referrals for embodying Virginia Randolph’s core characteristics of respect, responsibility, & relationships. Here’s a little more about our houses!

 

Welcome to a New School Year!

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Hello students, parents, and staff!

My name is Kerri Tracy and I am excited to begin my first year as the School Counseling Director at Virginia Randolph Education Center (VREC). I grew up on the rural and beautiful Eastern Shore of Virginia and graduated from James Madison University with my Master’s in School Counseling in May of 2015. Since relocating to the Richmond area I have worked as a Therapeutic Day Treatment Counselor for various elementary schools in Hanover County. I began working at VREC over the summer and have become acquainted with some of the students, staff and campus, so I am eager to start this school year to experience all of the unique rewards and challenges this campus has to offer.

Over the course of the school year, I will create, modify, and implement a school counseling program that not only meets the unique needs of the students of Virginia Randolph, but also aligns with the ASCA national standards for school counseling. I will work with students individually, in small groups, and during classroom lessons using a strengths based approach to help each student remove barriers to learning by aiding in academic, career, and social/emotional development. I believe that each student brings with them to VREC their own specific set of skills and gifts that I want to work with teachers and staff to discover, foster, and most importantly have the students recognize within themselves to keep them excited and engaged at school.

If you are a teacher, staff member, or parent who would like to refer a student to meet with me click here to fill out a Google form. If you are a student who would like to request a meeting with me you may do so by clicking here. I am also available by email at katracy@henrico.k12.va.us or phone (804) 261-5090. I am more than happy to answer or address any questions or concerns you may have and if I don’t know an answer we can search for one together. I’m looking forward to meeting and working with students, parents, and teachers alike.

 

Wishing you the best,

Kerri A. Tracy, M.Ed., Resident in Counseling

School Counselor, Virginia Randolph Education Center
Henrico County Public Schools
(804) 261-5090

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