About the Counselor
Welcome to the school counseling website! My name is Samantha Moss, and I have been the school counselor at Lowell Elementary since January 2018! This website is where you can find all important counseling information, as well as how to get in touch with me.
- Samantha Moss, School Counselor, Samantha.Moss@aps.edu
- Office Phone: 764-2011 ext. 21938
- Cell Phone: 505-336-0395
- You can also visit the Lowell School Counseling Google Site for more information!
If you need to meet with me, please let me know your name and what you want to talk about. Then we can schedule a time to talk! Or you can submit this online form.
This is private - no one will see it but me. You can also ask your teacher to let me know that you want to talk with me.
Parents and families,
There are many ways that you can get in touch with me!
- You can submit this online form.
- You can call me at 505-764-2011 x21938
- You can email me at email@example.com
You can also let your student's teacher know that you would like to speak with me, and they will let me know.
You can call the front office and leave a message for me with our clerk.
What is School Counseling?
School counseling is focused on prevention, education, and collaboration to encourage student achievement, not just in academics but in all areas of life. School counselors work with students individually, in groups, and in class - focusing on academic skills, social/emotional learning, and goals for the future. School counselors also collaborate with teachers, support staff, and administrators to support students and families effectively.
How do I know if a student needs to meet with the school counselor?
Any staff member at Lowell can recommend that a student see the school counselor. In addition, parents/families can refer their students for school counseling services, or students may request to meet with the school counselor themselves.
Here are some common concerns that may prompt a counseling referral:
- Academic: frequently absent or tardy, unable to focus, easily distracted, missing or incomplete schoolwork.
- Emotional: anger, sadness or depression, extreme shyness, low self-esteem, constantly tired, nervous or anxious, unable to control emotional outbursts.
- Family: loss or death in the family, adjustment to a family change such as divorce or incarceration of a parent/family member, unstable home life, exposure to substance abuse in the home, financial issues or lack of necessities, or change in guardianship.
- Social or Behavioral: bullying, lacking social skills, inappropriate personal hygiene, fighting or aggressive behavior, frequently visiting the nurse, self-injury, defiance or uncooperative behavior, or any dramatic change in behavior.,
School Counseling Program Mission Statement
The comprehensive school counseling program at Lowell Elementary School supports all students in developing essential academic, social/emotional, and career skills. Utilizing data and emphasizing family engagement, we strive to provide equitable access to education and resources, remove potential barriers, and advocate for the success of all students. Evidence-based and data-driven interventions are implemented to help students achieve their fullest potential, and each student will develop the skills and mindsets necessary to overcome real-world challenges.
Because counseling is based on a trusting relationship, school counselors will keep student information confidential with some possible exceptions. School counselors may share information with parents/guardians, the student's teacher, and/or administrators who work with the student. Information is shared on a need-to-know basis with the intention of providing more effective support to the student. Under the following circumstances, school counselors are required by law to share information with others: information about harm to self or others, evidence or disclosure of abuse.