• February 02, 2018 8:51 AM | Brandy Ludlam (Administrator)

    2018 National School Counseling Week, "School Counselors: Helping Students Reach for the Stars," will be celebrated from Feb. 5-9, 2018, to focus public attention on the unique contribution of school counselors within U.S. school systems. National School Counseling Week, sponsored by ASCA, highlights the tremendous impact school counselors can have in helping students achieve school success and plan for a career. National School Counseling Week is always celebrated the first full week in February.

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  • January 22, 2018 1:18 PM | Brandy Ludlam (Administrator)

    Congratulations to our 2018 School Counselors of the Year:

    • Elementary: Lori Nelson
    • Middle: Suzan Ballard
    • High: Courtney Barber
    Courtney Barber is also the overall state winner who will represent South Carolina in the National School Counselor of the Year nominations.

    Our 2018 Advocate of the Year is Gina Bassford!

    Congratulations to all!
  • January 09, 2018 2:50 PM | Brandy Ludlam (Administrator)

    Applications are due Feb. 16th, 2018 and recipients announced by the end of February. This year we will be giving 9 scholarships out. This funds the registration costs associated with the ASCA conference. The scholarship is funded by many school counseling friends and a few organizations during the year prior. 

    Click here for more information and application

  • November 07, 2017 7:14 PM | Brandy Ludlam (Administrator)

    There is a proposal going to the State Board of Education to amend Regulation 43-205. The purpose of this amendment is to clarify the duties of school counselors and give direction for professionals who are not properly certified. It specifically lists those duties that extend beyond the scope of guidance and counseling and are thus administrative in nature.


    The amendment will expand on the EEDA law that states:


    SECTION 59-59-120. Limitation of activities of guidance counselors and career specialists-   School guidance counselors and career specialists shall limit their activities to guidance and counseling and may not perform administrative tasks.


    The wording of the proposed amendment (that impacts school counselors) is:


    Pursuant to §59-59-120, appropriate duties for school counselors must be limited to guidance and counseling and shall not include administrative tasks. It is inappropriate for school counselors to serve as data entry, attendance, or records clerks; school-wide testing program coordinators; chairs of annual meetings for students with individual education plans or 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1974 plans; long-term substitute teachers; master schedule developers; and grade- or school-level discipline administrators.


    We need to take action!!! Please let the State Board of Education know you are in support of the amendment! How???? Send a letter!!!


    You can use the template attached, or draft your own letter. THE DoE will NOT accept form letters for public comment- so you need to make your letter uniqueby adding a sentence or two.


    Put the letter on YOUR PERSONAL LETTERHEAD


    Send the letter from YOUR PERSONAL EMAIL ACCOUNT


    Send the letter AFTER WORK HOURS


    Email your letter to Darlene Prevatt at DPrevatt@ed.sc.gov BEFORE November 27.


    Let's demonstrate a united front.


    Please.....TAKE ACTION NOW!!


  • October 19, 2017 2:58 PM | Brandy Ludlam (Administrator)


    This open call for nominations is an opportunity for PSSCA members to have direct influence on our member driven organization. PSSCA members are welcome to nominate yourself or colleagues with their approval.  The deadline for submitting nominations is December 1, 2017.  Qualified PSSCA members will conduct all voting via an online ballot.  PSSCA members are encouraged nominate for the following open positions:

    Elementary Vice-President

    Secondary Vice-President

    Secretary

    Treasure-Elect  

    General Nomination Criteria:

    All candidates shall have held membership in PSSCA for a minimum of two years and must be a current member of PSSCA. 

    Elementary Vice President- This person must have at least 5 years of elementary school counselor experience and must have been a member of PSSCA for at least two years.

    Secondary Vice President- This person must have at least 5 years of secondary school counselor experience and must have been a member of PSSCA for at least two years.

    Secretary - This person must have been a member of PSSCA for at least two years.

    Treasurer-Elect – This person must have been a member of PSSCA for at least two years.

    All individuals nominated and elected to serve on the Executive Committee must have a current ASCA membership.

    Detailed job descriptions are available at:  https://www.psschoolcounselor.org/resources/Documents/PSSCA-job-policies-2017.pdf

     

    Submit the attached nomination form to Leigh Eubanks at leubanks@lexington1.net

     

    Anna Duvall
    President

    Leigh Eubanks
    President-Elect

    Pat Reid
    Past President



  • September 18, 2017 7:13 PM | Brandy Ludlam (Administrator)


    PSSCA will award a School Counselor Advocate of the Year Award. The nominator must be a member of PSSCA. Nominees may be district or building level administrators, school board members, legislators, or supervisors of school counseling services who have made significant contributions to the implementation and improvement of school counseling programs. The purpose of the Advocate of the Year Award is to recognize persons who have demonstrated their beliefs in and support of school counseling programs that have had an impact on counselors and their students at the local, state, or national level. 

    The deadline for completing all School Counselor Advocate of the Year nomination information is December 1, 2017. 

    http://pssca.schoolcounselorawards.org/scoy/other-awards 

  • September 18, 2017 7:11 PM | Brandy Ludlam (Administrator)


    The School Counselor of the Year Award honors the best of the best - counselors who are running a top-notch, comprehensive school counseling program at either the elementary, middle or high school level.

    http://pssca.schoolcounselorawards.org/scoy/nominate


  • July 20, 2017 8:23 PM | Brandy Ludlam (Administrator)
    Congratualtions to the 2017 PSSCA School Counselors of the Year:

    Michelle Privette - Elementary School winner
    Lindsay Harmon - Middle School winner
    Sharon Worley - High School winner

    Michelle Privette - overall winner who will represent PSSCA at ASCA
  • July 20, 2017 8:22 PM | Brandy Ludlam (Administrator)

    Congratulations to the 2017 PSSCA Advocate of the Year Ron Williams!

  • April 26, 2017 12:29 PM | Brandy Ludlam (Administrator)

    The American School Counselor Association (ASCA) is pleased to announce the following RAMP schools in South Carolina:

    Beaufort High School

    Beaufort

    Gilbert Middle School

    Gilbert

    Lexington Middle School

    Lexington

    Mt. Pisgah Elementary School

    Kershaw

    Pelion Middle School

    Pelion

    Simpsonville Elementary School

    Simpsonville

    Wade Hampton High School

    Greenville

    Welcome Elementary School

    Greenville


    RAMP 2017

    104 RAMP Schools – record number
    72% acceptance rate (144 total applications)

    27 ReRAMPS – 26%

    52 of the 55 Resubmits earned RAMP = 95%

    Also, for  counselors in your district that are applying, or interesting in the RAMP process,  the RAMP website now includes brief webinars for each RAMP component.

    https://www.schoolcounselor.org/school-counselors-members/recognized-asca-model-program-(ramp)/application-process



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