Counseling Programs & Services
Kim Murray, School Counselor - General Education Students
Samantha Nachman, Social Worker - Special Education Students
What is a School Social Worker and what do we do?
Both Mrs. Murray and Mrs. Nachman work collaboratively with teachers, staff, and parents at Joyce Kilmer School and Parkview School to address the academic, social, and emotional needs of ALL students. Our goal is to help empower students with knowledge, positive interpersonal skills, and coping strategies for issues that students may face.
What does Mrs. Murray do?
Mrs. Murray provides individual and group counseling to students in need and those students who have it indicated in their 504 plan. She is available to students if they need someone to talk to, become overwhelmed, or need help resolving conflicts in school. Mrs. Murray teaches classroom lessons on social emotional skills in grades preschool through 5th grade using mainly the L.E.A.D. program, which can be found at https://www.leadrugs.org/ Milltown Police Officer, Erik Haefner, co-teaches with Mrs. Murray 10 lessons to fifth graders on substance abuse prevention using the L.E.A.D. program.
What does Mrs. Nachman do?
Mrs. Nachman provides individual and group counseling as needed to Special Education students, as indicated in their Individualized Education Plan (IEP), and students in need. Her door is always open to welcome ANY student who stops by to say hi or needs to discuss what’s on their mind. Mrs. Nachman works collaboratively with teachers and parents to make sure that students’ academic, social, and emotional needs are being met.
Resources for Parents in Middlesex County
- PerformCare 1-877-652-7624 or http://www.performcarenj.org/
- A full-service behavioral health managed care company that will come to the home
CARES: Our District’s Core Values
Focusing on positive behaviors is a top priority in Parkview and Joyce Kilmer Schools. In doing so, our children become intrinsically motivated to do the right things and behave in productive ways in school, at home, and in their lives now and in the future. To foster their innate abilities, we teach and reinforce our cores values for which we use the acronym CARES. This stands for:
Cooperation - working together toward an end goal
Assertion - standing up for yourself and others in an honest and respectful way
Responsibility - knowing what I need to do and doing it right away
Empathy - showing care for the feelings of others
Self-control - managing your actions and emotions in an appropriate way
Bully Prevention Lessons at Parkview School
Students in First through Third Grade are provided with Bully Prevention Lessons with Mrs. Pinnella, once per week during their homeroom, for the entire school year. The lessons cover:
- What bullying behavior is
- How we respond to bullying behavior as individuals and as a community
- Practice role playing bullying situations using tools given during lessons
- Learn Conflict Resolution Skills
- Practice role playing conflict situations using tools given during lessons
- Summer Safety Lessons including pool safety, car safety, gun safety, stranger safety and safe touches.