From the School Counselor
Welcome to the new school year! My name is Michael McGuire and I am the new school counselor for the Hood Canal School. I am originally from and currently live in Olympia, Washington. I attended Pacific University where I received my Bachelors in Education. Recently, I graduated from Saint Martins University with my Masters in Education along with my ESA certification. For the last 4 years I have worked in the Olympia, Tumwater, and North Thurston School Districts as both an educator and athletic coach. I am excited and honored to be joining this amazing team of educators and staff at the Hood Canal. I am looking forward to meeting you and your student(s) and to helping your student(s) succeed to meet their own personal goals for this school year and beyond. Please do not hesitate to contact me with any questions regarding your student’s success at school.
What is a School Counseling Program?
School counseling programs are collaborative efforts benefiting students, parents, teachers, administrators and the overall community. School counseling programs are an integral part of students' daily educational environment, and school counselors are partners in student achievement. School counseling programs make a measurable impact in every student’s life, assisting with academic, career and personal/social development. Professional school counselors are trained in both educating and counseling, allowing them to function as a facilitator between parents, teachers and the student in matters concerning the student’s goals, abilities and any areas needing improvement. School counselors provide services not only to students in need, but to ALL students. Some services include: Individual counseling, small groups, substance abuse education, conflict resolution, and career awareness, exploration and planning.
School counselors are integral to the total educational program. Through leadership, advocacy and collaboration, school counselors promote equity and access to rigorous educational experiences for ALL students. They provide proactive leadership that engages all stakeholders in the delivery of programs and services to help students achieve school success. School counselors align with the school’s mission to support the academic achievement of all students. This mission is accomplished through the design, development, implementation and evaluation of a comprehensive, developmental and systematic school counseling program.
Is your student(s) or anyone in your family in need of clothes or food? Hood Canal School has a clothing and food bank housed on campus and is able to provide families with both services when needed. We have a wide range of clothing available for students and families and are constantly receiving donations. If you would like to donate to the clothing bank we accept new (in the package) socks and underwear, tennis shoes and new or GENTLY USED clothes. We do not accept furniture, luggage, appliances, technology, toys, games or baby equipment. Due to space restrictions, we are limited to ONLY providing clothing and shoes. Food bags are sent out every Friday by family request.
The McKinney-Vento Education of Homeless Children and Youth Assistance Act is a federal law that ensures immediate enrollment and educational stability for homeless children and youth. McKinney-Vento provides federal funding to states for the purpose of supporting district programs that serve homeless students.
The McKinney-Vento Act defines homeless children as "individuals who lack a fixed, regular, and adequate nighttime residence." The act provides examples of children who would fall under this definition:
- Children and youth sharing housing due to loss of housing, economic hardship or a similar reason
- Children and youth living in motels, hotels, trailer parks, or camp grounds due to lack of alternative accommodations
- Children and youth living in emergency or transitional shelters
- Children and youth abandoned in hospitals
- Children and youth whose primary nighttime residence is not ordinarily used as a regular sleeping accommodation (e.g. park benches, etc)
- Children and youth living in cars, parks, public spaces, abandoned buildings, substandard housing, bus or train stations
- Migratory children and youth living in any of the above situations