About the Counselers
My name is Erika Alvarez. When I was a child, my dad told me something I have never forgotten, “Every generation needs to improve.” This has inspired my passion for education. After high school, I went San Jose State University and earned my bachelor’s degree in Sociology, and continued on to earn my master’s degree in Social Work. My goal has always been to work with middle school students because I felt that that is where students needed the most support.
I work with the 8th Grade Students. I hope to guide all students to realize that they are worthy, and as long as they work hard, they will achieve their dreams. I want to inspire all students I work with to strive for making sure that their generation improves.
Counseling Center Mission
Caroline Davis Intermediate School’s Counseling Program aims to support every student within the learning environment. Program reflects the impetus for change and the foundation to provide students and families with the tools for developing skills to manage life’s challenges. The program promotes and facilitates academic, personal/social, and career development so that every student is encouraged to identify his/her full potential in the 21st century.
Our Counseling Program is designed to:
- Help students develop positive attitudes towards themselves, family, and community.
- Provide assistance to students individually and in groups so they can appreciate their own unique qualities and grow personally and socially.
- Assist students in becoming invested in their school success by showing them how school performance relates to future opportunities.
- Collaborate with stakeholders to ensure success socially and academically.
- Support the instructional program and the school’s mission and goals.
There a number of services the counselor center provides in order to meet the emotional, social and academic needs of all middle school students here at Davis. Some of these include:
- Group Counseling
- Individual Counseling
- Peer Mediation/Conflict Resolution
- Academic Support
- Classroom Activities/Lessons
- Referrals to outside services
Caroline Davis Intermediate School counselors developed their school counseling program based on the American School Counselors Association (ASCA) National Model. This model recommends the majority of the school counselor’s time be spent in direct service to all students so that every student receives maximum benefits from the program. With a focus on three domain areas: academic, career, and personal/social..
The Referral Process: The purpose of the referral process is to provide timely and effective support to initiate an appropriate plan of action for students at various levels of need. The Davis Support Team recognizes the contribution of all members of the school community including educators, parent/guardians, and students in the identification of early warning signs.
A “Tier 1” approach to support
The purpose of this form is to provide the Davis community with a vehicle to refer students to Counseling Services who are displaying signs of distress. It is for more of a one-on-one approach with the student’s assigned counselor to address issues that can benefit from short term individual counseling, check ins and outs, etc. Our intention is to respond as quickly as possible to students in distress and, as much as possible, avoid crisis situations. While it is preferable for us to know who is referring a distressed student, you can remain anonymous if you wish. Every effort is made by the counselors Ms. Carrasco and Mrs. Alvarez to balance the need to protect the student’s well-being with the student's right to privacy. In keeping with professional and ethical guidelines, the information obtained is not shared with anyone without the student's consent, except in the case of medical emergency or potentially life-threatening situations.
In 2018, one of our 8th grade students participated in a National Red Ribbon Contest as a representative of Davis. Tiago Nunes submitted the project that he was working on with the Counseling Center that aimed to demonstrate his commitment to a drug free life and the importance of a drug free school community.
He is in the running to win an IPAD for himself and $1,000 for Davis. Please use the link to go online and vote for his entry.
Let’s show our support and VOTE! Good Luck Tiago!
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Wellness Week at Davis!
November 13th - 17th 2018
Wellness Week raises awareness to the importance of healthy bodies and minds! the Davis community will have a host of events and activities to participate in while staying healthy and fit. Special shot out to Ms. Julie for doing such a fantastic job at making this event a HEALTHY reality!
Check out what's in store...
Monday- UJam Tuesday- Stress Management Wednesday- ICE/YOGA
Thursday- Nutrition Friday- Resource Table
Happening in the Quad during lunch!
Jimmy Tan Huu Dang!
The "Hot Boy" of Vietnam
We have a new 7th grader on campus who is well-known in his home country of Vietnam for his amazing singing talents. He has appeared several times on Sao Ngoi Phien Ban Thieu Nhi, a competitive show for ages 7-14. We are happy that he has joined us and wanted to highlight his experiences by sharing them with the Davis Community! Great Job Jimmy!
CHECK OUT A FEW OF HIS MANY VIDEOS BELOW!
The Cultural Awareness Committee presents
Celebration of Black History
Feb 1-28, 2018
The month here at Davis will include:
- Daily Black History Month Facts
- Spoken Word in the Quad
- Guest Performances from local Black Fraternities & Sororities
- Cultural Art
- Much more.....