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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 September 5, 2017:  Respect
  • Week of September 11, 2017:  Bullying
  • Week of September 18, 2017:  Bullying- Star-Belly Sneetches and Paper Airplanes
  • Week of September 25, 2017:  Bullying
  • Week of October 2, 2017:  Responsibility
  • Week of October 9, 2017:  School Culture
  • Week of October 16, 2017:  Responsibility & School Culture
  • Week of October 23, 2017:  Character Education
  • Week of October 30, 2017:  Responsibility to Self
  • Week of November 6, 2017:  Responsibility to Self
  • Week of November 13, 2017:  Class Culture
  • Week of November 20, 2017:  Review with Kahoot!
  • Week of November 27, 2017:  Responding to Bullying
  • Week of December 4, 2017:  Responsibility to Family
  • Week of December 11, 2017:  Character Review & Holiday with Kahoot!
  • Week of December 18, 2017:  Character Review with Jeopardy!
  • Week of January 2, 2018:  Honesty & Integrity with "The Empty Pot".
  • Week of January 8, 2018:  Responsibility to Others
  • Week of January 16, 2018:  Bystander
  • Week of January 22, 2018:  Peer Relations Skit
  • Week of January 29, 2018:  Survey of Goals & Interests
  • Week of February 4, 2018:  Bystander
  • Week of February 12, 2018:  Kahoot Respect Review
  • Week of February 19, 2018:  Building Healthy Relationships
  • Week of February 26, 2018:  Responsibility in the Classroom
  • Week of March 5, 2018:  Charades Review of Vocabulary
  • Week of March 12, 2018:  Competence
  • Week of March 19, 2018:  UtFutures Reality Check & Resilience review with video & Kahoot
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!