Counseling Corner

Bagdad Unified School District Counseling Program

Vision Statement - It is the vision of the BUSD School Counseling Program to assist Bagdad Middle and High School students in achieving their personal academic goals and dreams. Through Dual Enrollment programs with Yavapai College, Bagdad students are encouraged to strive for higher learning in both colleges and trade schools. Many of our students graduate with industrial certifications, which help them fulfill their individualized plans. All students deserve the chance to strive for success and are encouraged to do their best. Students are encouraged to do what is right and learn to treat others the way they want to be treated through empathy and encouragement.

Mission Statement - The BUSD School Counseling Program's mission at Bagdad Middle School and High School is to challenge and empower all students to reach their success. Through partnerships with teachers, administrators, staff, families, and the community, the program strives to present a data-informed comprehensive program that includes acquiring knowledge and skills in academic success, career exploration, and social/emotional development. The school counselor advocates for equity, access, and success for all students while empowering students to advocate for themselves and become accountable for their individual achievement.

Program Objectives

The objectives of the BUSD School Counseling Program are based on the idea that each student can meet the competencies and standards illustrated in the ASCA Model. Theses competencies are broken down in terms of Academic, Career, and Social-Emotional Development. For each competency there are coinciding standards which will be provided to students based on grade level and need. These determinations will be based on data collected by the school counselor through needs assessments, and the student information system.

Academics Objective: Students will acquire the attitudes, knowledge, and skills that will allow them to become lifelong learnings and give them the ability to pursue their specific post-secondary options. Students will gain a better understanding of the world of work and how to live in a community, and it’s connection to academics.

Career Objective: Students will be given the opportunity for career exploration and gain skills to individually investigate and make informed decisions about the world of work.

Social-Emotional Objective: Students will acquire the attitudes, knowledge and interpersonal skills to; set personal goals, understand and respect themselves and others, and understand safety and survival skills.

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I know this is a challenging time, but I am here to help in anyway that I can. Please reach out to me at with any concerns you may have. As always, I am here to provide a confidential and non-judgmental space for you and your family. This site with be regularly updated with resources to help support your mental and academic well being.

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Tips for Distance Learning

Create a Routine: Although you don’t have to get up and work at a specific time, set a schedule for yourself and get ready for the day. Set aside specific time to work on school work. If you do it whenever you feel like it, you are more likely to procrastinate and be less productive.

Get ready for the Day: Wearing pajamas all day can be fun for a little while, but if we are in this for the long haul, it may be time to establish your new normal. Getting dressed, eating breakfast, and brushing your teeth can set a tone for your day and help you be more productive.

Set Goals for Yourself: The amount of work that is presented to you at once can be overwhelming. Make goals for yourself about what you want to accomplish and in what time frame. Make a to-do list and check things off as you complete them.

Take Breaks: No one is expecting you to sit in front of a computer all day and work on school work. Set time limits for yourself. If you were in school you would get time to socialize with friends, walk from class to class, and eat lunch. Take that time for yourself at home too. Go for a walk, chat with a friend, journal, or simply just relax.

Find a specific place for work: Although it may be tempting to work from your bed, it may not be as productive as you think. Find a place like a desk or table with as little distractions as possible where you can focus on the work you are doing.

Communication: Distance learning online is not an easy thing. It requires extra communication for all those involved. Make sure you are regularly in contact with your teachers. In a normal classroom you could just raise your hand and ask a question. With online instruction, you must advocate for yourself if you are struggling. Your teachers are here to help you, but they cannot if you don’t communicate with them.