Guidance
Contact:
Mrs. Natalie Westerfield Phone Icon 270-887-7330 Email Icon Email

Sinking Fork Guidance Office

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My name is Natalie Westerfield and I am the School Counselor at Sinking Fork Elementary. This is my eighth year as a school counselor, and my third year at Sinking Fork.  It's great to be a Panther! Prior to being a counselor, I taught general music at the elementary level for eight years. I received my Bachelor of Music Education, Master of Arts in Education in School Counseling, and Education Specialist degree in School Counseling from Murray State University.

I am here to assist students in the areas of personal-social growth, educational planning, and career development/awareness. I serve as the Building Assessment Coordinator, work closely with Special Education Programs, as well as the Response to Intervention program in our school. In addition to counseling students, I consult with parents, teachers, administration, and district personnel in order to help ensure our students have Panther PRIDE…

P-Practice a positive attitude.

R-Respect ourselves, others, and our school.

I-Improve ourselves every day.

D-Demonstrate cooperation.

E-Exhibit Responsibility

 

Please contact me if you have any questions or concerns about your student that I can assist you with.

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 PATHS Program

(Promoting Alternative THinking Strategies)

 

PATHS is a new program being implemented this year in our elementary schools with Kindergarten, 1st, and 2nd grade students.  PATHS lessons will be used regularly throughout the year and will cover many topics, such as friendship, feelings, thinking skills, and problem solving.  PATHS is a program that can help children develop their thinking skills, learn to act responsibly, practice acceptable behavior, understand and express their emotions, and do better in school.  Some of the goals of the PATHS curriculum are as follows:

*To help children learn how to solve problems for themselves

*To help children better understand themselves and others

*To help children be more aware of feelings

*To improve children's self-esteem (the way they see themselves)

*To help classmates learn together as a group

 

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WiseSkills

 

Each month our school will focus on a different character theme to encourage the development of the following in our students:

 

I. Positive Attitude

 

II. Respect

 

III. Responsibility

 

IV. Self-Discipline

 

V. Conflict Resolution

 

VI. Relationships

 

VII. Personal Goals

 

VIII. Citizenship

 

At the end of each WiseSkills month, teachers will select a student from their class as “Student of the Month” that has demonstrated the designated character theme for the month.

 

 

 

If you have any questions or concerns about content on this page, please call the school at 270-887-7330 for more information.