Mission & Belief Statements

Last Updated: 5/10/2018 10:21 PM

The Pocatello/Chubbuck School District Elementary School Counselors Vision Statement:


The Pocatello Elementary School Counselors maintain that every child can learn and has equal access to a state certified school counselor. As such, we strive to develop proficient students, responsible citizens, and lifelong learners who contribute positively in a dynamic society. Our comprehensive school counseling program is data driven and designed to ensure students are able to utilize successful academic strategies and positive life skills to excel in school, work and community throughout their lifespan. Through the school counselors’ cooperative partnership with educators, administration, parents, and community, all students acknowledge their responsibility to learn and strive to achieve their full academic, social, emotional, and career potential.


The Pocatello/Chubbuck School District Elementary School Counselors’ vision for students:

  • All students learn by utilizing their own unique gifts and talents.

  • All students have the responsibility to learn and solve problems in a positive way.

  • All students achieve with proper support, guidance, and education.

  • All students' ethnic, cultural, racial, sexual, and developmental differences and special needs are valued and considered, along with their dignity and worth, when planning and implementing the school counseling program.

  • All students benefit from a strong home/school/community partnership.

  • All students benefit from proactive prevention through guidance curriculum.

  • All students benefit from a safe learning environment where students are encouraged to take personal risks.


The Pocatello/Chubbuck School District Elementary School Counseling Program will:

  • Advocate for the academic, personal/social, and career needs of all students.

  • Be designed and administered by the school counselor in collaboration with educators, administration, parents, and community members.

  • Be based on specific standards and developmental competencies for students as set forth by Pocatello/Chubbuck School District, the state of Idaho, and ASCA.

  • Use data to guide program development, evaluation, and enhancement.

  • Be preventative and proactive when addressing the needs of students and the school.

  • Support and promote the district's goals for student success and the district's mission and vision.

  • Be a fundamental agent in the promotion of a safe, caring, and respectful school climate for all students.

  • Adhere to the professional school counselor ethical code of standards outlined in ASCA guidelines and Pocatello/Chubbuck School District's policies.

  • Participate in professional development activities to strengthen and maintain an effective school counseling program.


The Pocatello/Chubbuck School District Elementary Counselor Belief Statement:


The following principles are the foundation for the school counseling program:

  • All students’ ethnic, cultural, racial differences, and special needs are considered in planning and implementing the schoolwide program.

  • There is a collaborative effort among the school counselors, administration, and teachers to coordinate with parents and the community.

  • Various forms of assessment are used to develop and continually evaluate the effectiveness of the program.


The school counseling program will:

  • Be planned and coordinated by state-certified school counselors in consultation with other representatives of the school and community.

  • Engage students in classroom, group, and/or individual activities to enhance student learning.

  • Provide academic, career, personal, and social development for every student.

  • Use data to drive the program development and evaluation, as well as actively monitor student results.


School counselors:

  • Abide by the professional school counseling ethics as advocated by the American School Counselor Association.

  • Shall participate in professional development essential to maintain a quality school counseling program.


School Counseling Mission Statement:

The mission of School District 25’s Elementary School Counseling program is to provide and advocate equitable, relevant, and comprehensive counseling services to all students. Counseling services are designed to support and maximize each student's ability to achieve academic, personal/social, and career success, in accordance with national, state, and school district standards. This includes promoting achievement, attendance, positive behavior, and school safety standards in order to effectively close gaps and provide opportunities to all students. Counselors partner with students, parents, educators, administrators, and the community to ensure that both the immediate and lifelong needs and goals of each student are addressed.


School District 25 Elementary Counseling Program Beliefs:

  1. We believe all students can achieve academic goals.

  2. We believe all individuals have unique contributions and strengths.

  3. We believe in the process of lifelong learning.

  4. We believe all students have the right to be educated and are responsible to learn.       

  5. We believe the establishment of positive student relationships fosters the development of emotional, social, and intellectual growth of the whole child.

  6. We believe that high expectations promote academic excellence.

  7. We believe in the promotion of respect and diversity.

  8. We believe optimal learning occurs in a safe, nurturing environment with mutual respect and responsibility.

  9. We believe the partnership with communities, families, and the school increases shared responsibility for student achievement and social well-being.

  10. We believe school prepares individuals to contribute positively in a changing society.

  11. We believe students are responsible for their behavior and for solving problems in a positive way.

  12. We believe individuals are accountable for their actions and believe in promoting the acceptance of relevant consequences of behavior.