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What Does It Mean For A Parent To Be Involved?

Click on this link for a helpful article from the Bossier Parent Center on how to get involved at school.

Why Elementary School Counselors

Click here for a helpful article from the American School Counselor's Association on the role of school counselors at the Elementary level.


Counseling Program

Your Kindergarten or First Grade Student will come to Counseling with their whole class each week. This is a time to have a breather from academics and focus on social and emotional development. This is done through story, song, role play, puppetry and center activity.

Lessons cover getting to know each other, school behavior and motivation, as well as character eduction. Of course, kids don't think of it as coming to counseling. Just ask what they did with Mrs. Goens each week in Social Skills Class.

As School Counselor, I am on the Positive Behavior Supports (PBS) team. As the name states our goal is to support positive behavior. We work to create a school environment where good behavior is more effective for students and teachers than problem behavior. We do this through our Rodes expectations, teaching and practice of appropriate behavior, reinforcement of good behavior and intervening when problem behavior occurs.

As School Counselor, I also follow individual children, as needed, to encourage successful school behavior. I monitor daily behavior reports and teach small group lessons on self-control, motivation, healthy expression of feelings and much more. I am available to conference with parents to address school  behavior and to provide consistent expectations to our children.

Another of my duties as School Counselor is to monitor attendance and tardies. I encourage you to have your child at school every day unless they are sick. Your child misses important academic work and many fun social times when they are not at school. Please refer to the Rodes Student Handbook for complete attendance policies.

I am here to support your child in his or her academic, emotional and social growth. I look forward to meeting and getting to know each child. I anticipate a successful school year. Please know my door is open and I welcome your suggestions, comments and questions as we work together to provide for each child.

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Rodes Clothes Closet

Rodes Clothes Closet is now open.

  • We are accepting donations of new and gently used uniforms.
  • We are providing uniforms for Rodes students as needed.

Call 549-5966 to request help with school uniforms.

Recommended Books

The Kissing Hand by Audrey Penn and Oh My Baby, Little One by Kathi Appelt. Two books to help parents and children part and come back together for the school and work day.

Wemberly Worried by Kevin Henkes.

Will I Have a Friend? by Miriam Cohen

Look Out Kindergarten, Here I Come! by Nancy L. Carlson

Hughes, Chrissy (318) 549-5966 Counselor

Rodes Expectations

Respect all.

Obey adults.

Do your best.

Everyone walks.

Soft voices.

Our students recite these expectations every morning after the pledge. The first weeks of school, teachers spend time teaching each of these behaviors in the classroom and in the halls, cafeteria, playground, and everywhere the class travels. Students are given time to practice and to role play just what it looks and feels like to follow or to break the expectations. Students are given reminders as needed and then recognized and praised for good behavior.

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Students who follow the Rodes Expectations for the month earn the priviledge of attending the Rodes Wrangler Round Up. 



Ten Ways to Communicate with Your Child's Teacher

  1. Meet your child's teacher early in the school year. Don't wait for a problem to occur before you actually call, write, or meet.
  2. Ask teachers about their goals, rules, and limits, and how often you can expect to hear from them.
  3. Tell teachers about your child's special talents, likes, dislikes, strengths, and weaknesses. Always tell the teacher about any major changes in your child's life.
  4. Get involved at school. Volunteer in the classroom or for special events.
  5. Make sure the school knows your schedule and knows how to reach you.
  6. Let teachers know the good things your child says about them.
  7. Ask questions when you have concerns and stay informed aobut what's going on at school.
  8. When requesting a meeting, state your general topic so the teacher can prepare.
  9. Avoid automatically taking sides, whether the teacher's or your child's. Try to stay objective and state your observations only.
  10. Stay calm! Never accuse or attack. Share what you would like to see happen. Be specific and ask for details.

Remember, your child learns by watching you. Be a role model and demonstrate good communication skills. You'll be glad you did!