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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 8.30.2021. Beginning School Survey
      • Week of 9.20.2021:  What is Respect?
      • Week of 9.27.2021:  Respect, What's Your Stand?
      • Week of 10.4.2021:  Refusing Bullying
      • Week of 10.11.2021:  Bullying, A Problem We All Need To Deal With
      • Week of 10.18.2021:  Bystander, The Person With The Power
      • Week of 10.25.2021:  Kahoot! Review and Halloween
      • Week of 11.1.2021:  Leadership
      • Week of 11.8.2021:  Building Healthy Relationships
      • Week of 11.15.2021:  Thoughts, Feelings, and Behaviors
      • Week of 11. 22.2021:  Kahoot! Review and Thanksgiving
      • Week of 11.29.2021:  Recognizing the Value in Everyone
      • Week of 12.6.2021:  Respect for Life
      • Week of 12.13.2021:  Kahoot! Review and Christmas
      • Week of 1.3.2022:  The Holland Code
      • Week of 1.10.2022:  The Importance of Sleep
      • Week of 1.18.2022:  What Do We Do With All These Emotions?
      • Week of 1.24.2022:  Let's Regulate Our Emotions
      • Week of 1.31.2022:  K, 1, 2, 3 Responsibility To Self; 4, 5, 6 Career Interest Inventory
      • Week of 2.7.2022:  Responsibility To Family
      • Week of 2.14.2022:  Kahoot! Review and Valentine's Day
      • Week of 2.23.2022:  K, 3, 4, 5, 6 Responsibility to Others; 1, 2 WhyTry Reality Ride Stop Think Choose
      • Week of 2.28.2022: Responsibility In My Classroom
      • Week of 3.7.2022:  Responsibility In My School
      • Week of 3.14.2022:  Kahoot! Review and Spring
      • Week of 3.28.2022:  Responsibility In My Community
      • Week of 4.4.2022:  Responsibility To My Country
      • Week of 4.11.2022:  Test-Taking Strategies
      • Week or 4.18.2022:  Responsibility To My World
      • Week of 4.25.2022:  Responsibility With Our Words
      • Week of 5.2.2022:  Responsibility Getting To and From School; 6th Grade Transition Video
      • Week of 5.9.2022:  It's Almost Summertime!
      • Week of 5.16.2022:  Kahoot! and Blooket Review and 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!