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Mission Statement

Supporting the social and emotional growth of all WES students so they can get to work on learning!


Counselors’ Corner

As the weather cools, some families may have concerns about meeting their heating needs this winter. Know that there is help. Below are some names and phone numbers for programs and organizations that provide heating assistance. Some of these are on a first come, first served basis so it’s in your best interest to get started soon. Feel free to contact one of your School Counselors with questions or if you would like some help. Neera Harmon (nharmon@wiscassetschools.org) or Jeff Cardoza (jcardoza@wiscassetschools.org), 882-7767.

LIHEAP (Low-income home KVCAP 800-542-8227

energy assistance program)

Community Energy Fund 563-3883

MMCA (Midcoast Maine 800-221-2221

Community Action)

Salvation Army Wiscasset/ 882-7184

St. Phillips Church

Wiscasset General 882-8200 x 103 Assistance


What is a School Counselor?

A school counselor is the person in your child’s school who explicitly supports the social/emotional, career, and academic growth of all students.


How do they do this?

The school counselor sees ALL students in the building as their responsibility. To meet the needs of the entire student body, the school counselor offers:

-- lessons in all grades. Topics often include problem-solving, conflict resolution skills, career and safety lessons among others depending on the grade level.

-- groups. Topics may include friendship and social skills, grief, family changes, and/or self-esteem based on the needs of the student body.

--individual support. Students needing private support may meet with the counselor for a short period of time. If the issue appears to be a longer-term issue, the school counselor will discuss with the parents/guardians other options for longer-term support in or out of the school building.


Who We Are

Neera Harmon

This will be my 5th year at the Wiscasset Elementary School, and my 14th as a School Counselor. I spent many years in the non-profit sector before realizing my passion as an advocate and teacher of children. I truly enjoy working with parents, teachers, the community, staff, and best of all, the funny, interesting and loving students of WES.

When not at school, I enjoy time with my daughter and husband living on our lake in Bath, gardening, running, swimming, cross country-skiing, traveling, fostering puppies and reading.

Jeff Cardoza

I am so excited to be joining WES and the amazing teachers, staff, and students here! This is my 5th year as a school counselor and I absolutely love working with kids. I believe that all children are capable of living positive, healthy and successful lives. When given the right amount of support and care, anything is possible!

I live in Brunswick with my wife, three daughters (an infant, 3yr old, 9yr. old), two dogs, a cat, and a rabbit. I enjoy spending time with my family, playing outside, going on hikes, music, and watching New England sports...Go Patriots!!!


Resources

Parents:

Why Elementary School Counselors?

Ten Tips for Your Child’s Success in School

Why Kids Need Structure

StopBullying.gov

NAMI Maine: Parent support groups for caregivers/parents of children with a mental illness; classes; resources library. https://www.namimaine.org/

Healthy Kids: Parenting classes, support groups. https://www.healthykidsmaine.org/

Kids:

KidsHealth

WorryWiseKids


Contact Info

Neera Harmon, nharmon@wiscassetschools.org. 882-7767

Monday, Wednesday and Thursday

Jeff Cardoza jcardoza@wiscassetschools.org 882-7767

Monday-Friday


*Statement of Confidentiality*

To respect the rights and relationships of students and parents, information shared with us will remain confidential with the exception of student safety, if required by law, or if given permission by the child and/or parent