Happy National School Counseling Week 2018! This special week, wrapping up today, is sponsored by the American School Counselor Association (ASCA). Taking place from February 5th to February 9th this year, the purpose of the week is to focus public attention on the unique contribution of professional school counselors within the U.S. and highlight the substantial impact school counselors have in helping students achieve school success and plan for a career. The theme this year is “School Counselors: Helping Students Reach for the Stars.”

Today, the PALCS staff, faculty and the community showed their support and appreciation for the PALCS guidance department and counselors by participating in “College-Wear Day.” Faculty and students were asked to show their college pride in an effort to get students thinking about their futures.

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Image: a selection of PALCS faculty and staff, including CEO Dr. James Hanak and guidance director Mrs. Shavaun McGinty, sporting their college-wear

The PALCS guidance department helps students every day, far beyond the task of helping students select their courses. The guidance department offers services K-12, career counseling starting in 8th grade, standardized test prep courses, study skills, and dedicated guidance counselors that stick with students all the way through high school. The department offers crisis response and prevention, encourages self-improvement and kindness initiatives, and spearheads school-wide Bullying Prevention Month activities every October. Make sure to check out the PALCS Guidance Blog for useful college, career, financial and social information for students and families!

The American School Counselor Association (ASCA) is a worldwide nonprofit organization based in Alexandria, VA. Founded in 1952, ASCA helps school counselors guide their students toward academic achievement, career planning and social/emotional development to help today’s students become tomorrow’s productive, contributing members of society. ASCA has a network of 50 state associations and a membership of more than 34,000 school counseling professionals.

We want to thank each and every one of our dedicated counselors and the entire guidance department for the exceptional work they do in a position that sometimes seems impossible. The support they give to our students and families is what continues to make PALCS a true community!