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Jodi Clendenen - Guidance Counselor

4 months ago

Mission: The Southeast Warren School Counseling Department, in conjunction with students, faculty and staff, families, and our community will work towards: developing lifelong learners who are socially responsible, treat others with dignity, and understand how to be productive and successful citizens.

About Me:

I am a graduate of Southeast Warren and have lived in this community most of my life.  I attended Graceland University where I earned my Bachelor's degree in Psychology.  I worked for several years in the college community, first in Admissions and then as a College Director.  That experience showed me how important it is to help our young people navigate social situations, become strong students, and advocate for themselves.  I decided to continue my education at Drake University to pursue my Master's of Science in Education, specializing in School Counseling.  I returned to Southeast Warren as K-12 School Counselor in 2012, and am proud to be a Warhawk!

Reasons to contact your counselor:

  • conflict management/ suspect bullying
  • severe changes in behavior
  • family changes
  • self-concept is low
  • an illness or death in the family 
  • family is experiencing financial hardship and your family needs supplies, shoes, etc.
  • daydreaming or preoccupied a major portion of the day
  • declining grades
  • reluctant to come to school
  • worried excessively
  • assistance with making/keeping friends
  • work on specific social skills
  • assistance navigating the college or career process
  • help with scholarship information
  • assistance with study skills 
  • assistance with organization

What a School Counselor does:

  •  Serves as a bridge between home, school, and the community
  •  Talks with students in classrooms, small groups, and individually.
  •  Aids teachers and parents in helping children
  •  Helps in identifying the needs of children
  •  Provides information on parenting skills
  •  Maintains confidences
  •  School counselors have classroom, group, and individual counseling in which they help students:
    •  Recognize and understand their feelings and the feelings of others
    •  Accept themselves and others
    •  Recognize, understand, and work through learning difficulties
    •  Talk about their educational and personal-social concerns
    •  Problem solving skills
    •  Adjust to family changes such as moving, a new sibling, divorce, etc.
    •  Learn about careers
    •  Plan their future education/work goals

Schedule:

Monday: Primary Building        

Tuesday: Intermediate Building        

Wednesday: Jr-Sr High School   

Thursday: Intermediate Building    

Friday: Jr-Sr High School – Morning; Intermediate Building - Afternoon


Elementary Guidance

7 months ago

The Second Step Program is the primary source for Guidance class curriculum in grades K-6. The Second Step website, www.secondstep.org provides helpful information about the program as well as activities and resources you can use at home. Each grade level requires an activation key in order to use their free resources.  Please contact Jodi Clendenen: jodi.clendenen@se-warren.k12.ia.us for the activation key for your child's grade level.


K-3rd Grade Guidance Class Topics:

August: Role of the School Counselor

  •  Resources, Confidentiality, Problem Solving, Conflict Resolution

September: Skills for Learning/Being Respectful

  • Respect, Focusing Attention, Using Self-Talk, Being Assertive

October: Safety 

  • Bully Prevention, Fire Safety, Bus Safety, Internet Safety, Drug & Alcohol Prevention, Personal Safety

November: Gratitude, Empathy

  • Letters to Veterans, Identifying Feelings, Respecting Differences
  • 3rd Grade - Salvation Army project

December:  Empathy continued, Kindness

  • Showing Compassion, Making Friends

January:  Emotion Identification and Management

  • Calm down steps, calm down techniques, identifying our emotions and managing different types of emotions

February:  Careers

  • Career Clusters, Interests, Goals

March: K-2 Character

                3rd grade - 4th grade transition

  • Pillars of Character
  • Advice from 4th graders, questions from 3rd graders, 4th grade visit (May)

April:  Problem Solving/Fair Ways to Play

  • Identify and use the S.T.E.P problem solving process
  • Sharing, trading, taking turns

May: Summer Safety/Guidance review

  • Summer safety 
  • Guidance review


4th-5th Grade Guidance Class Topics:

August: Role of the School Counselor

  •    Resources, Confidentiality, Problem Solving, Conflict Resolution

September: Organization & Time Management, Growth Mindset

  • Locker expectations, organizational techniques, establishing routines, the power of "YET"

October:  Safety 

  • Bully Prevention, Fire Safety, Bus Safety, Internet Safety, Drug & Alcohol Prevention, Personal Safety

November:  Respect, Gratitude

  • Letters to Veteran's, Firefighters, Police Officers, Salvation Army Casserole Service project 

December: Empathy

  • Take other's perspectives, friendship skills, showing compassion

January: Test taking strategies/Emotion Management

  • Calm down steps, calm down techniques, identifying and managing different types of emotions. 3rd grade test taking strategies and techniques

February: Careers

  • Career Clusters, Interests, Goals

March: Goal setting

  • SMART goals
  • Long terms goals
  • Short term goals

April: Problem Solving

  • Identify and use the S.T.E.P problem solving process

May: Decision Making/Guidance review

  • Consider options, determine the best one, evaluate the outcome
  • Guidance review


6th Grade Guidance Class Topics:

August: Role of the School Counselor

  • Resources, Confidentiality, Problem Solving, Conflict Resolution

September: Organization & Time Management, Growth Mindset

  • Locker expectations, organizational techniques, establishing routines, the power of "YET"

October:  Safety

  • Bully Prevention, Fire Safety, Bus Safety, Internet Safety, Drug & Alcohol Prevention, Personal Safety

November:  Respect, Gratitude

  • Letters to Veteran's, Firefighters, Police Officers, Salvation Army Casserole Service project 

December: Empathy

  • Identify other's feelings and perspectives
  • Showing Compassion

January:  Test taking strategies/Emotion Management

  • Calm down steps, calm down techniques, identifying and managing different types of emotions, test taking techniques and strategies

February: Careers

  • Career Clusters, Interests, Goals

March: Transition to Junior High

  • Guest speakers, advice from 7th graders, questions from 6th graders, JH visit/shadowing (May)

April: Problem Solving

  • Identify and use the S.T.E.P problem solving process

May: Decision Making/ JH Visit - Discussion

  • Consider options, determine the best one, evaluate the outcome
  • Shadow 7th grade, discussion

Secondary Guidance

7 months ago

Curriculum: Secondary Guidance classes are delivered within various courses throughout Junior High and High School in addition to Connections class.  Topics such as Character Education, Career and College planning, Personal and Social learning are covered.



Scholarships

Scholarships are now found in the Senior folder on the school's Google Drive.  Students who have access to the drive have access to this folder, which is updated throughout the year as scholarship opportunities are received.  Other websites for scholarship information include: www,ihaveaplaniowa.org

www.icansucceed.org

https://bigfuture.collegeboard.org/



Financial Aid
Questions about financial aid can be answered through attending our Financial Aid night in the fall and by using resources provided by the Iowa College Access Network at http://www.icansucceed.org

ICAN also sponsors a "Tip of the Week" that you can sign up for or access by clicking 

ICAN Tip of the Week


To begin filling out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid click below: 

https://fafsa.ed.gov/



SEW Scholarship Foundation

The Southeast Warren Scholarship Foundation has awarded $111,500 in scholarships to Southeast Warren students.  For the past few years, all students who applied were awarded a scholarship.  The Southeast Warren PTA scholarship is now included in the Scholarship Foundation.    

These applications are numbered and read to the Foundation members by the guidance counselor, principals, or other personnel. Foundation members give numerical scores to applications based on work experience, school and community activities, and appraisals included in the applications.  These scores are then tabulated by personnel from the local banks. Scholarships are awarded using these final tabulations. Everything remains anonymous until after all selections have been made.

The Scholarship Foundation raises money through the Country Music Shows held in the Fall and Spring, the Fourth of July Breakfast in Milo, the sale of bricks from the old elementary buildings, payroll deductions from school employees, Trivia Night, Memorials, and other contributions.

Resources

7 months ago


College & Career Planning, Scholarships
Scholarship applications are now found on the Jr/Sr. High Google Drive under the "Senior" folder

Guidance Curriculum Resources 
www.secondstep.org (contact the Counselor for your activation key)

Contact Information
jodi.clendenen@se-warren.k12.ia.us

Milo Office: 641-942-6216 ext. 15
Lacona Office: 641-534-4701 ext.
Liberty Center Office 641-466-3331 ext. 120