• School Counseling

    Welcome to the Home of the Bulldogs

    Meet Mrs. Downs, Your School Counselor!!

    ** Thank you for visiting my webpage!  During remote learning, I can be reached through email at sdowns@ycsd.york.va.us and will reply within 24 hours.  Please e-mail me if you would like to set up a phone call or a meeting on Microsoft Teams.**


    About Me

    Hello!  I'm Mrs. Downs and this is my 7th year at Seaford Elementary School.  I am originally from York County and a Grafton High School graduate.  I'm also a graduate of James Madison University (go Dukes!) and received my Master's Degree in School Counseling from Old Dominion University in 2009.  My job is to help children enjoy and be successful in school.  Please contact me if you have any questions or concerns:  898-0587.

    Services I Offer:

    • Individual Counseling:  Students can be referred by self, parents or teachers
    • Small Group Counseling:  Topics include, but are not limited to: Friendship/Social Skills, Deployment, Family Changes/Divorce, Self-Esteem, and Study Skills
    • Classroom Guidance: Lessons are monthly on topics such as Character Education, Bullying Prevention, Study Skills, Diversity, etc.
    • Consultation:  with teachers or parents
    • Peer Mediation
    • Gifted Contact
    • Family Life Education Lessons

    The counselor helps parents to ...

    * promote positive home/school relationships
    *understand the school program
    * recognize the stages of child growth and development
    * understand their child's progress in school
    * accept students abilities and limitations
    * identify learning problems, concerns and possible solutions
    * obtain information about results of tests
    * plan for referrals to outside agencies/outside professional help
    The counselor helps teachers and other school personnel to ...
    * provide a positive learning environment
    * understand and meet students' individual needs
    * determine/coordinate if special student assistance is needed
    * plan and present classroom guidance activities as an integral part of the school system curriculum
    * share ideas at workshops/in-service programs
    The counselor helps students to ...
    * achieve more in school
    * understand the programs, staff, services and activities in the school
    * understand their abilities, interests and limitations
    * apply problem solving decision making skills to resolve problems that get in the way of learning
    * learn and apply effective study habits
    * understand and accept themselves
    * become more independent and responsible for their behavior
    * improve skills for interacting and communicating with others
    * adjust to a new school
    * recognize the relationship of education to the world or work

    Ask a Counselor .....

    When you need to discuss:
    * attitudes toward school
    * academic growth
    * personal and emotional development
    * relationships with teachers
    * relationships with other students
    * relationships with siblings
    * changes in family circumstances
    * available community resources


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  • Month of the Military Child

    Posted by Sydney Downs on 4/15/2020 9:00:00 AM

    April is Month of the Military Child!!  Military children are brave and resilient.  Please show your support to the sacrifices made by military children by participating in our school's virtual Spirit Week!! 


    Military Child Recognition Virtual Spirit Week

    Monday, April 20

    Tuesday, April 21

    Wednesday, April 22

    Thursday, April 23


    April 24

    Crazy Camo Day!

    Military Parents are Our Superheroes

    Purple Up Day!

    Proud to be an American Day!

    Stars & Sparkles Day


    Wear camouflage clothes.

    Dress like a Superhero to salute our Superhero parents.

    Everyone wears purple because purple is a combination of all the military branch colors.

    Wear red, white and blue.

    Our troops allow America to shine bright and sparkle.  Wear stars or shiny sparkles.


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  • Gratitude Scavenger Hunt

    Posted by Sydney Downs on 4/3/2020 7:40:00 AM

    This would be a great outdoor activity to do with your children over the Spring Break.  Take some time each day to stop and think about all of the small things you are thankful for!

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