Laura Waugaman



Hello! I am proud to be the Guidance Counselor at PPES. This is my 18th year working in the Park City School District and my 14th year at PPES. Before working as a school counselor, I worked in Children's Mental Health as a Child and Family Therapist. As a School Counselor I provide individual and group counseling as requested by parents. The counseling I provide is brief, solution focused, and strengths based. I also teach Life Skills Classes at PPES. I meet every other week with the first grade and second grade groups for 45 min on the A through F Specialist rotation. I meet with 3rd, 4th and 5th graders once a month. In addition to being fun, teaching Life Skills classes provides me an opportunity to get to know all students in the school.
I also supervise Kinder, First, Second,and Third grade lunch recesses and Fourth and Fifth as needed. Mr. Gomez joins us as often as possible. I work to keep our playground a safe environment for all students. I provide hands on life skills where we practice conflict resolution skills. I assist students who need help making friends and need help developing social skills. It is also a great time for me to follow up with students regarding various issues. Students practice being Friends on The Watch (see parent video link below). This is a school wide bully prevention program. The program teaches students to identify bully situations and what to do. Upstanders are encouraged to intervene if possible or report the situation immediately. We work to help bullies feel better about themselves and to develop positive and healthy relationships. We also work to empower victims to no longer be targets and we help these students develop assertive skills so that they may set healthy boundaries. During Life Skills classes we role-play bully situations and we practice how to be a Friend on The Watch. This school wide program encourages all students to take responsibility in keeping our school a safe place for all students

Other duties I support Mr. Gomez with 504 plans as a case manager, and administrative duties when he is out of the building. I manage job market program for 4th and 5th graders. I also manage (with a parent volunteer) student council for 5th graders. My greatest goals at PPES are to help students identify their strengths, feel a sense of belonging, and to feel special so that they may be successful in and out of school. If you have any questions or concerns, please call or e-mail me or stop by my office. I feel extremely lucky to be a part of the PPES community!

Counseling Delivery System
Laura Waugaman, PPES

School Guidance Curriculum

Life Skills Classes Provided for:
3rd, 4th, and 5th grade classes 1 time a month
1st and 2nd grade every other week
Kindergarten bully prevention and as needed
Special Life Skills class include Child Abuse Prevention given by Peace House and Recycle Utah
Whole School Assembly:
Internet Safety
Parent Coffee with Mrs. Waugaman both English and Spanish sessions
Bully Prevention:
Friends on The Watch, every student in school signs the pledge
Reporting slips used also at Ecker Middle School
Bully Prevention Survey administered in February
Recess Social Skills:
Every day serving all students providing social skills, conflict resolution, and empathy which includes the Buddy Bench.

Individual Student Planning:
Parent – Teacher Conferences (SEOP) 2 times a year, Counselor attends as needed
Individual Education Plans teaming as needed
5th Grade Academic Counseling for students with D/F in power school during the school year. With this group of 5th graders, I provide counseling and tracking. I met with 19 5th grade students last year and all of these students improved their grades.
5th Grade Exit Interview for all 5th graders that includes Career planning.
Career Development Activity, Job Market for 4th and 5th grade students with 154 jobs assigned at the start of the school year. (This school year (2016-2017) 164 jobs have been assigned)

Responsive Services:
Letter home for 1st grade through 5th grades including counseling needs assessment.
Whole School Crisis Response
Individual Counseling
Group Counseling includes: Divorce, Grief, Complex Grief, Attention/Focus, Worry, Anger, Sad and Lonely, Friendship, and ELL social skills. Last year served 45 students providing 10 groups. To date this year serving 56 students and 11 groups in process.
Student Requested Counseling: Informal counseling for friendship problems, students sign board on Counselors door.
Behavior Plans, work with classroom teacher, and team administering and monitoring behavior plans.
Parent Meetings as requested.
Collaborate with outside providers.
School based therapy provided by Peace House (currently serving 4 students) and Valley Behavioral Health (currently serving 1 student).

System Support

Assist Mr. Gomez with 504 case management
RTI as needed
Assist Principal as needed
Teacher Training as requested
5th Grade Student Council
Elementary Counselor Team Meetings
District Wide Counselor Team Meetings
Transition Meeting for 5th graders going to Ecker
Community support, currently a member of the Suicide Task Force and Connect.

End of Year Data 2016 -2017
Individual Counseling / Case Management
Total Students = 114

Younger Grade level Bully Survey Results
1st grade
students who don’t like school Beginning of the year =10 End of the year = 3
Students who believe that kids are mean here at PPES Beginning of year = 13 End of year = 1
Students who wish they had more friends Beginning of the year = 24 End of the year = 8
Students who feel they have no friends Beginning of the year = 1 End of the year = 0

2nd Grade
Students who don’t like school Beginning of the year = 9 End of the year = 1
Students who believe kids are mean Beginning of the year = 9 End of the year = 6
Students who wish they had more friends Beginning of the year = 21 End of year = 19
Students who feel like they do not have friends Beginning 7 End of year = 1

In response to this survey results, I focused on Friendship Skills in Life Skills classes. I also implemented a Kind Card/Kind Apology program for second grade students.

Upper Grades Bully Survey
I have identified students who are at-risk by survey results in these areas:
Don’t like school
Feel like a Victim
Don’t know how to report
Do not trust adults
Peers experience him/her to be a bully

This information will be used at the Start of next school year to be reviewed with teachers and specialist. Specialist will select at risk students to monitor during the year and attempt to develop a strong positive teacher / student relationship.

23 small groups provided

5 Divorce groups 5 on-going all year
1 Grief group on-going all year
3 Attention/Focus Grade level Groups (3-5)
2 First Grade Girls Friendship Groups
5 managing Anger Groups by grade level (note all but one student made gains reported by self and parent)
1 Worry Group
1 Second Grade Girls Friendship group
1 Third Grade Dual Immersion Girls Friendship groups
1 Fourth Grade Dual Immersion Girls Friendship groups

First Grade Social Skills/Speaking Skills for ELL
Four students results:
Each improved from level 1 to level 3 measuring asking questions
Each reported not liking school at the start of school
Each reported liking school at the end of school

Second Grade Social Skills/Speaking Skills for ELL
All students were a level 3 at the end of the year.
All students with the exception of one reported liking school at the end of the year.

Note – Groups are developed according to Needs (check list sent home at the start of the school year and teacher requests and referral during school year)

Total Groups = 22
Total students served = 116

Referrals made for mental health services = 22
Students expressing suicidal ideation = 4
CPS referral made = 1

4 Behavior Plans
All have made improvements in behavior

5th Grade Student Tracking (any student with D or F during school year)
Academic Counseling for 8 students all made academic improvements

5th Grade Exit Interviews complete (see attachment)

Job Market
161 Jobs assigned to 4th and 5th Grade students

2013-2014 Life Skills curriculum topics for grades 1-5

First Grade:

One: Emily Breaks free, lesson about Friends On The Watch

Two: What is Poison, Substance Abuse Prevention

Three: Good Words for a Bad Mood

Four: Child Abuse Prevention with the Peace House

Five: Managing Stress

Six: Stranger Safety

Seven: Healthy Eating and Disease Prevention

Eight: Review Friends on the watch.  Watch Sooper Puppy, Words can hurt.

Nine: Food Pyramid and healthy eating.

Ten: Sooper Puppy, What's the Difference (Tolerance Lesson).

Elevan: Careers 



Second Grade

One: Friends on The Watch (Bully Prevention)

Two:Becoming a new moose, Substance Abuse

Three: What is Empathy

Four: Child Abuse Prevention given by Peace House

Five: Managing Stress

Six: Stranger Safety

Seven: Food Pyramid and healthy eating

Eight: Walk in my Shoes, What is Empathy

Nine: Career Awareness

Ten: Review of all topics.  Trevor Romain, If you don't take care of your body where else are you going to live?



Third Grade

September: Ciques, Phonies, and other Baloney, Friends on The Watch

October: Substance Abuse with a focus on Tobacco

November: Child Abuse Prevention given by Peace House

December: Managing Stress and Peer Pressure (Refusal Skills)

January: Internet Safety

February: Bully Survey and Identify Authentic Strengths

March: Holland Personality Inventory (matching personality with careers)

April: No Life Skills class, Project Based Learning 

May: Review of year.  Job Market for next year.



Fourth Grade

September: Friends on The Watch, Job Market, and Holland Inventory (matching personality with Career)

October: A Different kind of High, Substance Abuse, Strengths Inventory and review of Holland Inventory 

November: Child Abuse Prevention, Peace House 

December: Review of Substance Abuse and How to Manage Stress

January: Internet Safety

February: Bully Survey and movied, Scars

March: Celebrating Differences

April: To be announced (Depending upon needs)

May: Review of year.  Student Council next year.  Job Market applications


Fifth Grade

September: Introduction, Holland Inventory matching careers with your personality, and goal setting

October: Substance Abuse, It Won't Happen to Me

November: Child Abuse Prevention given by Peace House

December: Managing Stress and Surviving Peer Pressure

January: QPR (Question, Persuade, and Refer). Suicide Prevention given by Valley Behavioral Health

February: Authentic Strenths and Body Image

March: Surviving Middle School

April: Think Before You Click (Internet Safety)

may: Exit Interview with Mrs. Waugaman




Laura and her family have lived in Park City for 20 years.  Laura was born and raised in Guilford, Ct.  She enjoys traveling to Ct. every summer to visit extended family and spend time on her family beach.  She attended Albertus Magnus College in New Haven, Ct where she received a BS in Psychology.  She then attended the college of New Rochelle where she received a MS is Art Therapy.  Laura did her on-site training for undergraduate and graduate school at Yale New Haven Hospital.  She has worked at the Crisis Intervention Program in Standford, Ct working with the adult menally ill adult population.  She then managed a group home, Project Return in Westport, Ct for adolescent girls who have experience trauma and or mental health issues.    She was married in 1991 and then moved to Bellingham, Wa. where she worked as a child and family therapist at Catholic Community Mental Health services for Children.  She became certificified as a Child Mental Health Specialist for the state of Wa. Laura moved to Utah in 1998.  She worked at The Children's Center as a Child Familty therapist before starting her work for the PCSD.  Laura is a liscensed Clinical Mental Health Clinician and she has a Level 2 Professional Education Liscense for the State of Utah.  She was hired in 1999 as Intervention Specialist for the School District and then transfered to Parley' Park Elementary School.  Laura enjoys spending time with her family skiing and enjoying all the great music provided by Mt. Town Stages.  She also enjoys fine arts and crafts.

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