Guidance

Center Grange Guidance Services

My name is Mrs. Bristal Ellefson and I'm the Elementary School Counselor for both Todd Lane and Center Grange. I am available by extension (Ext. 16002) phone or email bellefson@centralvalleysd.net. At Center Grange, I am working with the students on meeting common core standards for guidance which include Classroom Lessons on Careers, meeting students academic and emotional needs, 504 Implementation, PATHS, and Teacher/Parent Consultation. I also work with students on the following items: study skills, improving grades, attendance issues, conflict resolution, and character qualities. Please feel free to contact me if you feel your child is in need of assistance. I look forward to working with all of our students at Center Grange.

PATHS Curriculum - Providing Alternative Thinking Strategies

This year, we will continue to implement the PATHS curriculum in all Kindergarten through 2nd-grade classes. The PATHS program provides teachers with a systematic and developmental procedure for addressing factors, which can negatively affect a child’s behaviors and ability to benefit from his/her school experiences. PATHS, which stands for Providing Alternative Thinking Strategies is a curriculum designed to help children:
  • Develop specific strategies that promote reflective responses and mature thinking skills.
  • Be more self-motivated and enthusiastic about learning.
  • Obtain information necessary for social understanding and positive behavior.
  • Increase their ability to generate creative alternative solutions to problems.
  • Learn to anticipate and evaluate situations, behaviors, and consequences.
 These skills, in turn, increase the child’s positive social interactions, reduce isolation, and provide opportunities for a variety of learning experiences. Increasing self-control and reflective thinking skills in young children promote skills which help prevent problem behaviors in the future (e.g., alcohol and drug abuse). In addition, as PATHS activities become a regular part of the school day, less instructional time will need to be used to correct behavior problems. In this way, classroom and school climate can be improved. In the coming weeks, ask your child about PATHS. We hope that they will be able to talk with you openly about how this program helps them feel more upbeat about themselves and shows them how to interact more positively with their peers. If you should have any questions about the PATHS program, please feel free to talk with your child’s teacher, or Mrs. Ellefson, our school counselor.

Warrior of the Month Program

The Center Grange Warrior of the Month program was started in January 2012 by Mrs. Ellefson, our elementary guidance counselor. It is supported by the financial generosity of the Central Valley PTA. Students are selected each month based on their demonstration of the following good character qualities: 
  • Citizenship
  • Self-Control
  • Respect
  • Responsibility
  • Leadership
  • Kindness
  • Giving 100%
  • Trustworthiness 
  • Teamwork 
Students recognized as a Warrior of the Month receive a certificate, participate in a Warrior of the Month party, and are presented with a small character education reward. We always encourage our students to make the right choices and do the right things at Center Grange. The Warrior of the Month program allows us to recognize students for their best efforts beyond academic excellence. If you have any questions about the Warrior of the Month program, please feel free to speak with Mrs. Ellefson.

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Contact Me

Ms. Bristal Ellefson
Guidance Counselor
Office: 724-775-1050 x 16002
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