Red Mill's Guidance Program

VBCPS Mission Statement

The mission of the Virginia Beach City Public Schools Elementary School Guidance Program is to partner with parents, community, faculty and staff to provide a comprehensive, developmental counseling program addressing the academic, career, and personal/social development of all student thus preparing them with the knowledge and skills to be productive members of society.

An Overview to Virginia Beach City Public Schools’ Guidance/Counseling Services

To learn more about our school's guidance program, please click here to view The Guidance PowerPoint

Our School Counselors

Marilyn Draughon and Karen Racicot are professional licensed school counselors serving the needs of our students at Red Mill Elementary School. They have advanced degrees in counseling and educational support.

Mrs. Draughon is our full time school counselor. She is available every day for classroom guidance, consultations and individual and small group counseling. Mrs. Racicot will be in the building on Wednesdays to assist with classroom guidance lessons.

Classroom Guidance Lesson Topics for Grades K-5

Yearlong Classroom Guidance topics include the Principles of American Citizenship, The 7 Habits of Happy Kids, and Concerns from Growth Mindset. 

Other monthly lessons will include:

September – Responsibility – Study Skills and Test Taking
October – Diligence – Listening and Following Directions
November – Respect – Getting Along with Others and Respecting Differences
December - Kindness - Understanding and Appreciating Diversity
January – Fairness – Developing Empathy and Understanding
February – Honesty – Getting Along With Friends
March – Cooperation – Solving Conflicts with Others
April – Self-control – Test-taking Strategies and/or Careers
May – Trustworthiness – Careers and/or Transition to Middle School

What Does the Program Provide Students?

The Guidance Program:

  • Assists students in their educational, career, personal, and social development.
  • Helps students resolve problems which interfere with learning.
  • Facilitates educational and career planning.
  • Increases knowledge of self and others.
  • Supports students with specific needs.
  • Offers crisis intervention and prevention.

What Does the Program Provide Parents?

The Guidance Program:

  • Facilitates a home/school partnership in fostering school success.
  • Provides support for parents regarding their child’s educational development.
  • Shares information with parents to help clarify and/or solve student and/or school-related problems.
  • Assists parents in refining parenting skills.

What Can You as a Parent Do to Help Your Child Succeed in School?

  • Provide an appropriate study environment at home
  • Establish fair and reasonable expectations
  • Take time to listen to your child
  • Maintain communication with teachers, counselors, and other school personnel
  • Participate in school activities
  • Help your child establish realistic career and educational goals
  • Celebrate your child’s successes and recognize that mistakes or failures can be turned into positive learning experiences

How is a Student Referred to the School Counselor?

Students may be referred to the counselor by parents, teachers, administrators, or they may also self-refer.