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:
Parent Coffee with Mrs. Waugaman both English and Spanish sessions
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)
Letter home for 1st grade through 5th grades including counseling needs assessment.
Whole School Crisis Response
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).
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
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
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 = 3
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)
154 Jobs assigned to 4th and 5th Grade students
2013-2014 Life Skills curriculum topics for grades 1-5
One: Emily Breaks free, lesson about Friends On The Watch
Two: Good words for a bad mood
Three: What is Poison?
Four: Mangaging Stress
Five: Friendship Skills
Six: Stranger Safety
Seven: Child abuse prevention with Betsy Ricks from the Peace House
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).
One: Bullies are a Pain in the Brain, Friends on The Watch
Two:Becoming a new moose, Substance Abuse
Three: Managing Stress
Four: Friendship skills
Five: Stranger Safety
Six: Child Abuse Prevntion with Betsy Ricks from the Peace House
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?
September: Ciques, Phonies, and other Baloney, Friends on The Watch
October: Substance Abuse with a focus on Tobacco
November: Review substace abuse, Stress Management, and Peer Pressure (Refusal Skills)
December: Internet Safety
January: Child abuse Prevention with Betsy Ricks from the Peace House
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.
September: Friends on The Watch, Job Market
October: A Different kind of High, Substance Abuse
November: Review Substance abuse, Managing Stress, and Surviving Peer Pressure
December: Internet Safety
January: Child Abuse Prevention with Betsy Ricks from the Peace House
February: Bully Survey and movied, Scars
March: Authentic Strengths and Holland Inventory (matching personality with careers0
April: No LIfe Skills Class, Project Based Learning
May: Review of year. Student Council next year. Job Market applications
September: Introduction, Holland Inventory matching careers with your personality, and goal setting
October: Substance Abuse, It Won't Happen to Me
November: Review Substance Abuse, Managing Stress, and Surviving Peer Pressure
December: QPR (Question, Persuade, and Refer). Program delivered by Valley Behavioral Health
January: Child Abuse Prevention, Betsy Ricks from the Peace House
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 19 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.