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Mr. Castagno

My name is Ken Castagno and I look forward to helping students with issues that may be affecting their academic, career, and personal/social interaction. I will work with students through individual, group, and classroom guidance lessons.
I am able to help students with:

* Promoting positive attitudes among students towards self, family, peers and community.

* Assisting students in learning how school performance relates to future opportunities.

*Developing and delivering classroom guidance lessons that teach skills such as decision making, resolving conflict and respecting others.

* Working with students, parents and school staff to identify learning needs and to design interventions to enhance student success.

* Helping students to recognize and make the best of their abilities.

* Providing support during a personal crisis. 

* Working with students on attendance issues.

* Coordinating referrals to outside agencies.

* Developing student career awareness.

* Helping to create a safe and positive learning experience. 


*Career options

*Selecting college/universities

* Making friends

* Liking myself

* Getting along with others

* Parents' divorce

* Being a "new kid"

* Studying

* Bullying

* Learning and responsibility

* Death and dying

* Sexual abuse

* Moving away

* Being honest

* Organization

* Drug and alcohol abuse

* College/Career Readiness
Counseling Groups
Lunch groups are small groups of children (typically 4-5) from the same grade level.  These children are chosen to be part of a group depending on the topic.  Students may sign up for a specific group, teachers or parents may refer, or students could be chosen by the counselor.  Topics include, but are not limited to, the following:
* Divorce
* Changing families
* Study skills
* New students
* Bullying
* Social skills
* Friendship
* Anger management
* Respect
* Academic Excellence
Typically, groups meet over the lunch/recess hour, once a week, for a period of 6 weeks.  Students will not miss any instructional time during our meetings.  Parents will be informed when their child is being asked to participate in a group via a parent permission letter and/or a phone call from the counselor.
***Confidentiality is stressed at our first meeting.
Individual Counseling
Individual counseling with students is based upon teacher, parent, or self-referrals.  Students may self refer by signing up at the counselor's office.
Classroom Guidance
Classroom guidance is an integral part of the School Counseling program at Anna Smith Elementary.  Classroom visits focus on topics dealing with personal/social, career, and academic matters.  Lessons support and encourage positive core values and traits including, but not limited to, fairness, responsibility, citizenship, trustworthiness, caring, and respectfulness.
Please stop by this page regularly to see what each lesson topic will be!  You can view the Classroom Guidance Calendar Schedule to see when Mr. Castagno will be in your child's class. 
Classroom Lessons
  • Week of August 28, 2018:  Introductory Survey
  • Week of September 4, 2018:  Do the Right Thing Tic Tac Toe
  • Week of September 10, 2018:  Readers Theater:  The New Member of the Family
  • Week of September 17, 2018:  Responsibility in Our Community
  • Week of September 24, 2018:  WhyTry! Reality Ride Activities part 1 and UtFutures Reality Check part 1
  • Week of October 1, 2018:  WhyTry! Reality Ride Activities part 2 and UtFutures Reality Check part 2
  • Week of October 9, 2018:  Recognizing the Value in Everyone
  • Week of October 15, 2018:  WhyTry! Tearing Off Your Labels Activities and UtFutures Interest Inventory part 1
  • Week of October 22, 2018:  Responsibility to Our School Community and UtFutures Interest Inventory part 2
  • Week of October 29, 2018:  Kahoot! Review of Responsibility
  • Week of November 5, 2018:  Responsibility to Our Country
  • Week of November 12, 2018:  Readers Theater:  Impulse Anonymous
  • Week of November 19, 2018:  Jeopardy Character Review and UtFutures Work Importance Locator part 1
  • Week of November 26, 2918:  Confidence- Ingredient of Resilience and UtFutures Work Importance Locator part 2
  • Week of December 3, 2018:  WhyTry! Defense Mechanisms Activities part 1
  • Week of December 10, 2018:  WhyTry! Defense Mechanisms Activities part 2
  • Week of December 17, 2018:  Kahoot!  Review of Character Education
  • Week of January 2, 2019:  School - One of Our Greatest Gifts
  • Week of January 7, 2019:  Responsibility to My World
  • Week of January 14, 2019:  What Should Danny Do?
  • Week of January 21, 2019:  WhyTry! Motivation Formula Activities part 1
  • Week of January 28, 2019:  WhyTry! Motivation Formula Activities part 2
  • Week of February 4, 2019:  Resilience - Competence
  • Week of February 11, 2019:  Kahoot Review of Resilience and Valentines Day
  • Week of February 18, 2019: Resilience - Confidence
  • Week of February 25, 2019:  WhyTry!  Climbing Out Activities and UtFutures Career Cluster Inventory Part 1
  • Week of March 4, 2019:  Readers Theater:  Lace Up Against Bullying
  • Week of March 11, 2019:  WhyTry! Climbing Out Activities and UtFutures Career Cluster Inventory Part 2
  • Week of March 25, 2019:  Resilience - Connections and WhyTry! Climbing Out Activity
  • Week of April 1, 2019:  Resilience - Character
  • Week of May 12, 2019:  Things to do in the Summer
Parents and Students, Please take a moment and complete this Comprehensive Counseling & Guidance Needs Assessment Survey.  The data collected will be used to determine the topics in upcoming guidance lessons, small group interventions, and other supportive programs. Thank You!