PES Guidance Councilor Mrs. Caple Hello,

Welcome to the 2020-2021 school year.I am Valarie Caple, School Counselor for Pasquotank Elementary School. Pasquotank Elementary School has a comprehensive counseling program. This program plays an essential role in the student’s academic, career, personal and social/emotional growth and development.

Many children today face complex issues from society, as well as changes in their family structure. As a result, these students bring many challenges and concerns with them to school. The Counseling Department at Pasquotank Elementary School is dedicated to helping all students overcome those obstacles, providing counseling services that promote developmental, as well as, preventive intervention to help them succeed in school. This is accomplished through individual counseling, small group counseling, classroom guidance, Student Assistance Team and 504 meetings, crisis intervention and consulting/referral services with outside agencies, as well as with parents.

This year the Counseling Program will focus on Character Education. We will teach “Second Step” to grades K-5 weekly. “Second Step” is a program designed to increase students’ school success and decrease problem behavior. It teaches skills that strengthen students’ ability to learn, have empathy, manage emotions, and solve problems. Equipping students with “Second Step” skills creates a safer, more respectful learning environment that promotes school success for all.

Referrals for counseling are made by teachers, staff, administrators, parents or self-referrals from the student. All sessions are confidential. Please feel free to contact me if a student is experiencing difficulty at home or at school, so that together, we can take steps to help them excel academically, socially and personally. Let’s make it a fantastic school year!

Mission Statement

The mission statement of the Counseling Program of Pasquotank Elementary School, is to provide a comprehensive program that addresses the academic, career, personal and social/emotional needs of every student that promotes their success as globally competitive citizens.