John Stahl, School Counselor
Contact Mr. Stahl by emailing him at Stahl_John@asdk12.org
or by calling the school at 742-5360.
He is at our school every other week.
The Role of a School Counselor
At times parents are confused about the role of a school counselor. A couselor's day is varied:
40% of a counselor's time goes toward teaching Social Emotional Learning Skills, (SEL) in classrooms. They use research based curriculum such as Kelso's Choices, (a conflict resolution program), Connected and Respected, Second Step and other lessons from books recommended by the American School Counseling Association, ASCA.
- 35% a counselor's time goes toward Responsive Services. This means they respond to the needs of students through consultation, referrals, mediation, support groups, and crisis intervention.
- 13% of a counselor's time is given to System Support. This means they engage in activities that enhance the counseling program and the overall educational program.
- 10% of a counselor's time is allotted for Individual Planning, which means they meet with students and families to assist with personal and educational issues and to assist with the transitions of students.
- 2% of a counselor's time is given to non-counseling duties. Counselors contribute as a team member along with their teaching colleagues and staff to assure there is a safe and positive school environment.
Counselors do therapy within the Anchorage School District. Counselrs do not deal with discipline. Our principal, Mrs. Packer is the disciplinarian.
Helpful Information for Families
Healthy Ways to Cope with Stress
Caring for friends and family can be a stress reliever, but remember to balance it with care for yourself.
- Know what to do if you are sick and are concerned about COVID-19. Contact a health professional before you start any self-treatment for COVID-19.
- Know where and how to get treatment and other support services and resources, possibly counseling (in person or through telehealth services).
- Care for your emotional health. Taking care of your emotional health will help everyone think more clearly and help balance your life.
- Take breaks from watching, reading, or listening to news stories, including those on social media. Hearing about the pandemic repeatedly can be upsetting.
- Take care of your body.
- Take deep breaths, stretch, maybe try meditation
- Try to eat healthy, well-balanced meals.
- Exercise regularly.
- Get plenty of sleep.
- Make time to unwind. Try to do some other activities you enjoy.
- Connect with others. Talk with people you trust about your concerns and feelings. Phone calls or video chats can help you and your loved ones feel socially connected, less lonely, or isolated
- Connect with your community- or faith-based organizations. While social distancing, consider connecting online, through social media, or by phone or mail.
Stay well, Mr. Stahl, School Counselor