The National Association of School Psychologists has designated Nov. 9-13 as National School Psychology Awareness Week. This year's theme, "See the possibilities in you. We do!" seeks to shine a light on the positive work school psychologists do to promote academic and personal success in the lives of the students they serve.
The program involves a series of resources and activities that school psychologists can use to reach out to school staff, students and parents to help students feel connected, supported, and ready to achieve their individual goals.
School psychologists work with parents and educators to ensure that every child has the mental health and learning support they need to succeed in school and life.
This year's program focuses on promoting students' positive attitudes and competence by highlighting student strengths and the many ways schools reinforce those strengths.
"Adults make many important contributions to the development of children. Seeing and advancing the possibilities within students, even in the face of difficulties, is critical to helping them achieve their best in school, at home, and in life," says NASP President Patti Harrison. Promoting positive attitudes helps students become more aware of the strengths in themselves and others.
The school psychologists serving the McDuffie County school system are Stephanie Irby and Aubrey Baxley.