Academics

Remote Learning: Guidance

As we venture into this new chapter of Remote Learning, we value and encourage all students to stay connected to mental health, social-emotional well-being, goal setting, and academic supports. As such, Cape Henry's Guidance Counselors are committed to being available to all students, faculty, and community families. As they have been throughout the year, our counselors remain dedicated to our student's wellness and will continue supporting each student during this unprecedented time.

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  • Lower School Counseling Support

    In the Lower School, we recognize that when our students develop social and emotional skills they are also creating a foundation upon which competence, confidence, and character thrive. During uncertain times, these skills are most essential because they yield resilience. Improved academic achievement is also an added benefit of a strong foundation of essential social and emotional skills. In an effort to reinforce mastery of these vital skills, we work hard to support your child in several ways: 

    Social Emotional Learning (SEL)
    Every student, from our youngest Dolphins in PK3 to our oldest in Grade 5, will participate in lessons on Social Emotional Learning (SEL) weekly. Our SEL curriculum centers on the core belief that as we work together, making valuable connections, we have an opportunity to join as one community and create a culture of deeper understanding and mutual respect. Lessons throughout the year are structured to engage students in developing the following SEL competencies: self-awareness, social awareness, self-management, responsible decision making, and relationship skills. Classes this year will be delivered both in-person as well as via Zoom. 

    Small Group Instruction
    As the need arises, students in Grades 3-5 will have an opportunity to participate in small group discussions facilitated by the Lower School Counselor. Small group topics are largely based on interest and/or need. In previous years, we have facilitated small groups on conflict management, social skills, anxiety, friendship, anger management, and divorce. Groups are typically held during our spring semester. Information on how interested students can participate in these groups will be provided during our scheduled weekly lessons. Group participation requires parental consent. 

    Individual Support
    The Lower School Counselor has open office hours daily and is readily available to assist our students individually as needed. Parents, teachers, and students can make referrals for individual support. Alternate meeting locations (outdoor spaces) will be utilized for individual sessions when available, but when unavailable, rules regarding social distancing and mask wearing will be strictly adhered to. 

    Remote Learning Support
    As many of our Lower School students will return to campus for in-person learning, we want to continue to foster a strong community connection with our Dolphins joining us remotely. The Lower School Counselor looks forward to seeing your child in our regularly scheduled guidance lessons but she also recognize that these students may need additional support as they continue to learn while physically removed from classmates. Please contact Ms. Taria Conley, Lower School Counselor, if you believe your child would benefit from periodic check-ins, scheduled via Zoom. 

    Community Providers
    If you believe your child, or someone in your family may need more intensive, therapeutic intervention and you do not know where to start, please contact Ms. Taria Conley for assistance. She can provide you with information on how to reach one of our many community-based mental health providers. 

    If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact Ms. Taria Conley at (757) 963-6248 or tariaconley@capehenry.org
  • Middle School Counseling Support

    Individual counseling appointments are available via Zoom.

    These secure meetings are a place for students or adults to discuss any questions or concerns they may have during this difficult time.

    If you would like to schedule an appointment time, please email Mrs. Amy Wight, Middle School Guidance Counselor.
  • Upper School Counseling Support

    The Counselor is always available for one-on-one or group appointments as needed. Email Mrs. Jill Qualters to schedule an appointment during the morning or Study Bell.
  • Additional Resources for Mental Health Wellness

    Here are some local and national resources for Mental Health services for acute care. If you are concerned about yourself, family member, or a friend - tell a trusted adult (parent, teacher, administrator, or counselor).
    Please keep in touch and reach out to any of our Guidance Counselors if you have any questions, need anything, need to vent, or just want to talk to someone who will listen.

Supporting Our Students: A Parent Guide to Social, Emotional, and Academic Wellness During COVID-19

Guidance Staff

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  • Photo of Taria Conley

    Ms. Taria Conley 

    Lower School Counselor
    (757) 963-8248
  • Photo of Amy Wight

    Mrs. Amy Wight 

    Middle School Counselor
    (757) 963-8245
  • Photo of Jill Qualters

    Mrs.  Jill Qualters 

    Upper School Counselor/Assistant Director of Student Life
    (757) 963-8227
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