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Student Services

Student Services is committed to supporting the instructional process by identifying and eliminating barriers to learning, advocating for the needs of the whole child, and empowering all students to become lifelong learners in the 21st century.

Terrific Kids
Sponsored by the Kiwanis-family club, Terrific Kids is a student recognition program that promotes character development, self-esteem, and perseverance. Classroom teachers nominate students as their classroom’s Terrific Kids for each monthly character trait.

Heroes Helping Heroes
“Heroes Helping Heroes” is a school-based mentoring program.  It emphasizes non-academic goals, such as personal growth, artistic expression, future planning, goal-setting and social-emotional development.  

New Student Orientation
We welcome new students to Hefner on a regular basis by holding New Student Orientations in the Guidance Office. Our new Hefner Heroes are offered the opportunity to meet the counselors and other new students, to share information about themselves, and to ask questions about our school.

Pennies for Patients
Pennies for Patients is a school-wide community service project that supports the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society by conducting a fundraising campaign.  The mission of the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society is to fund lifesaving blood cancer research and to improve the quality of life of cancer patients and their families.  Our students learn the value of giving back and helping others.

Parents’ Corner 
Parents’ Corner is a parent support group that meets quarterly. Parents meet with like-minded parents to learn about the tools available to support the career, academic, emotional and social growth of our children.  Topics of interest to our stakeholders are addressed, to include bullying, internet safety, managing holiday stress, and test-taking strategies. Refreshments are served.

School Counselors
Megan Clark – Monday- Friday
Rhonda Thompson – Tuesday- Wednesday and every other Thursday
Professional school counselors are certified/licensed educators with a minimum of a Master’s degree in school counseling making them uniquely qualified to address students’ cognitive, socio-emotional and career development needs by implementing a comprehensive school counseling program.  They also provide consultation, individual and group counseling, academic advisement.  In addition, they provide prevention, crisis intervention, and conflict resolution.

School Social Worker
Kelly Cannon –
School Social Workers are trained mental health professionals with a Bachelors or Master’s degree in social work.  They are the link between the home, school, and community.  School social workers provide direct as well as indirect services to students, families and school personnel such as monitoring school attendance, promoting dropout prevention, consultation, information and referral, identification of at-risk students, and counseling.  In addition, they provide prevention, crisis intervention, and conflict resolution.

School Psychologist
Andrew Taylor –
School psychologists are highly trained in both psychology and education, completing a minimum of a specialist-level degree program.  they provide assessment and testing of students for special services.  Consultation for teachers.  Counseling for students.  In addition, they provide prevention, crisis intervention, conflict resolution, and program modification for special learning and/or behavioral needs.

School Exceptional Children Case Teacher
Name: Carmen Officer
Phone: 910.860.7058
The EC Case Teacher can address concerns for students eligible for special education services. They can verify service implementation and communicate with the student’s team to meet their academic and functional needs. In addition, she can coordinate Child Find. This is a coordinated effort between the Student Services Team and the Exceptional Children Services to locate and identify children and youth suspected of or diagnosed with a disability who might have intellectual, physical, or emotional disabilities and are unable to benefit from the regular school program without special assistance.

School Nurse
School nursing is a specialized practice of professional nursing that advances the well-being, academic success and life-long achievement and health of students.  School nurses facilitate health services such as immunizations, communicable disease control, vision and hearing screening, and follow-up, health assessments, and referrals, and health counseling and information for students and families.  School nurses actively collaborate with school personnel, students and parents to create health plans and to administer medication.

CCS Military Family Life Counselor
Peresia Commodore, our military family life counselor, exercises discretion and independent judgment while providing appropriate information, coaching, training, and education to service members and their families. She provides face-to-face, direct, non-medical, brief, solution-focused counseling services to individuals, families and groups for situations resulting from commonly occurring life circumstances such as parenting, relationship conflicts, stress, personal loss, deployments and reunions.

PBIS Matrix

A little boy dressed in a hero (superman) suit holding the Hefner Heroes Shield above his headBill Hefner, Heroes, are “Reaching For The Stars”
Our students are reminded daily to follow our PBIS Matrix

B– Be Responsible
H-Be Helpful
E-Be Engaged
S-Be Safe

When the students are caught demonstrating these character traits they will be given blue tickets. Then at the end of each nine weeks, the students that have the number of tickets to meet their goal will be rewarded. Be sure to collect those tickets, Hefner Heroes and reach for the stars!

Published by Cynthia Hummel on April 17, 2019
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