Hi! I am Laura Samide, the counselor at Maple and River Birch Elementaries. I am pleased to share with you the many wonderful programs available to our students. As your school counselor, I am dedicated to ensuring that your child has every opportunity to succeed in a safe, nurturing environment. Our goal is that your child will be enriched intellectually, emotionally, and socially so that they will become productive citizens and life-long learners. We understand that every child is unique, which is why we offer a variety of services to meet every child's needs. I serve our entire student body by presenting guidance lessons in every classroom on a regular basis. Throughout the year, I present lessons on many different topics, such as friendship skills, study skills, bullying, healthy choices and problem-solving, to name just a few. In addition, the counseling department offers many programs and resources to meet the needs of all our parents and students. I am here to serve you.

  • WIDA Online Coming Soon!

    This month we are launching WIDA Online. During January and February, we will be assessing all students who speak a different language at home. Please call me with questions!

              Este mes estamos iniciando WIDA. Este ano, se dara la prueba en la computadora. Durante los meses de enero y febrero, vamos a evaluar todos los estudiantes que hablan un idioma diferente en casa. Me llame por favor con preguntas.

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  •    Let's Celebrate!!
        February 6-10 is National School Counselor Week! I am privileged to work in 2 buildings where my role is valued andsupported.  As a result, I am able tooffer many resources and services to our students and parents.  Here at my website, you will find descriptions of many of my services, including thelending library, where you can borrow books on many topics, such as parenting, ADHD and positive racial identity development. Thank you for allowing me to partner with you in supporting your children!
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