School Adjustment Counselor

Welcome to the 2018-2019 School Year!


         Who are the SAC’s at Silvia?

Mrs. Kristina Michel and Mr. Jim Arruda are both full time school adjustment counselors working with students across all grade levels.


Here are a few of the ways we work with students:

  • Small Group Counseling

We facilitate small groups, lunch bunches and snack chats for students who may benefit from a little extra support in certain areas.

  • Individual Counseling

We meet with students on a short-term basis to work through problems that may be affecting their academic performance. Students can request to see us by asking their teacher. Parents and teachers may also request for students to see us.

  • Classroom Mini Lessons

We visit classrooms across grade levels and teach lessons on various social skills; including the character trait of the week, making and keeping friends, bullying, self-esteem building, coping skills, and more.

  • Consultation with Parents/Guardians/Teachers

Please feel free to contact us by phone, email or stop by the main office to schedule an appointment.

  • Referrals to Community Resources

We have connections with many local agencies. Let us know how we can help!

    We can be reached by phone at 508-675-9811  or by email


Character Trait of the Week

Each day during morning announcements, students learn about the school wide character trait of the week through short lessons, poetry, and whole class shoutouts. A list of weekly traits is posted on the school adjustment counselor webpage. Classroom teachers nominate one student each week for displaying exemplary behavior for the weekly character trait. These students have their name displayed outside their classroom door for all to see and are honored at an assembly at the end of each trimester. Our goal is that every child will have the opportunity to be recognized as a Silvia STAR student of the week!

Elementary School Counselors help children...

Treat others kindly

Show respect for the feelings of others

Understand the decision-making process

Maintain positive relationships with peers and adults

Gain an understanding of the world of work

Develop effective study skills

Develop effective communication skills

Be prepared to make the transition to middle school



Character Traits and our Anti-bullying Efforts

Every day at Silvia School we start out with a positive message and ways to build character traits, like caring & sharing, responsibility, showing courage or empathy as well as acceptance and diligence.

With this ongoing character education we hope to teach students about essential life skills and values that go beyond the school building.  As Martin Luther King Jr. says "Intelligence plus character, that is the true goal of true education."

We further enhance these pro-social skills by recognizing students weekly as Silvia Weekly Stars.  These students will have their picture displayed in a frame that hangs outside their classroom door for all to see.

Remember, "Team work makes the dream work". Together we can unify our school and optimize our students' chances of developing solid character not only in school, but in life!

                  "TEAM WORK MAKES THE DREAM WORK!!!"



What do you know about being a bully? Possible signs of being a bully (Olweus, 1993).

(These are not sure signs of a child being a bully. A child may be or may not be a bully even if they do or do not fit into these categories.)

· The child teases repeatedly in a nasty way · Along with teasing there is pushing, kicking, excluding, hitting, and damaging of belongings of defenseless students · Physically stronger than their classmates · Desires to dominate or subdue other children · Are hot-tempered and easily angered &midd