Forrest Road Elementary School Counseling

A resource to help wildcats achieve success in the following areas: academic, career and social/emotional

Important Dates


  •  3/29/2021 07:00 AM - 4/5/2021 07:00 AM

Everyone enjoy their spring break! Stay safe, relax, and have fun!

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  •  2/1/2021 12:00 AM - 2/28/2021 12:00 AM

February is Black History Month! This is an annual celebration of the many achievements by African Americans. We take this time to recognize and reflect on their central role in U.S. history.

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  •  1/25/2021 08:00 AM - 1/29/2021 03:00 PM

The Great Kindness Challenge is a positive SEL-focused bullying prevention program that improves the school climate and increases and promotes student engagement. This will be one week devoted to performing as many acts of kindness as we can. We want to show the world that KINDNESS MATTERS!

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  •  12/23/2020 08:00 AM - 1/5/2021 03:00 PM

Wishing everyone a Merry Christmas, and a Happy New Year!

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About


Forrest Road Elementary School Counseling Vision Statement:
Forrest Road Elementary School Wildcats will feel cared for and valued as they are taught academic and social-emotional skills to help them achieve success.


Forrest Road Elementary School Counseling Mission Statement:
The Forrest Road Elementary School Counseling Program will implement a comprehensive counseling program for PK-5th grade that is designed to help students develop educational and social emotional skills as well as career knowledge in order to become successful individuals.


Direct Services will include:                                                                              
  • Classroom Guidance Lessons
  • Individual Counseling
  • Small Group Counseling


Counseling Program will cover topics such as:
  • Introduction (Meet the Counselor) which will include the counselor explaining her role
  • Positive Behavioral Interventions & Supports (PBIS)
  • Anti-Bullying
  • Character Word of the Month
  • Red Ribbon Week 
  • Social Emotional Lessons
  • Career Awareness

Informed Consent for providing school counseling services


   Confidentiality
In order for me to build trust and rapport with students, I will keep information confidential with some exceptions. By law the school counselor is required to disclose information with others in certain circumstances:

  • Presenting danger to self or others
  • Evidence or disclosure of abuse or neglect 
  • Legal subpoena 

The child will be made aware of these limits of confidentiality and will be informed if it is necessary to share information with others. 

2020-2021 Character Word of the Month


August- Tolerance  
"Consideration and respect for the individual differences, views, and beliefs of other people."

September- Respect
"Showing regard for the worth of self, others, or something."

October- Empathy
"The ability to be more aware of , perceive, understand, and be sensitive to the feelings, thoughts, and experience of another."

November- Citizenship
"The way you act as a responsible member of the community."

December- Diligence
"Working hard in a steady and continuing manner; Industrious; Sticking with a project or plan."

January- Kindness
"Being gentle, willing to help, friendly, courteous, and considerate."

February- Integrity
"Steadfast adherence to a strict code of moral, ethical or artistic values; to consistently be truthful, sincere, and fair; Keeping one's word."

March- Forgiveness
"Excusing or pardoning a mistake or offense; letting go of blame.

April- Positive Attitude
"An attitude is a feeling or way of thinking that affects a person's behavior; A positive attitude a state of mind that envisions and expects favorable results."

May- Accomplishment
"Pride and appreciation for attaining one's goal." 

Counseling Lessons


Kindness Rocks

Take a few minutes to listen to this read along to the short story, "Kindness Rocks," by Sonica Ellis. After reading along, I want you to think of ways you can show kindness to those around you. Anyone can be kind! How can you?

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MCSD Mental Health Wellness Sessions with Pastoral Institute

Grief: Dealing with Loss Featuring: Tom Waynick Have you loss someone close to you? If you have, you may be experiencing grief. Take a minute to watch this video of Tom Waynick discussing how to deal with loss.

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Focus on Being YOU

The book, "I Am a Book of Empathy" by Susan Verde tells about how we are all unique and special in our own ways. Listen to this read aloud and learn ways to show empathy towards others.

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Emotions

The short story, "The Color Monster a story about emotions" by Anna Llenas discusses the different emotions we may feel. Know that it is ok to feel those emotions, but we must work to discover healthy ways to handle our emotions. The sadness, anger, and grief you may be feeling will not last forever. Remind yourself that, "this too shall pass."

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New Year's Resolutions

Many people decide to make New Year's Resolutions before the beginning of a new year. A resolution is simply when a person continues good practices, changes some trait or behavior or they decide to set a personal goal. All of these are ways people wish to improve their life.

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"The World Needs Heroes, And That Hero Could Be YOU"

We have been talking about kindness, empathy and compassion. Enjoy this video from Kid President as he teaches us how we ALL can be a HERO.

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Black History Month

The month of February is specifically dedicated to the African American men and women who have a central role in U.S. History. We recognize and celebrate their achievements and recognize all they did to make an impact in our nation.

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Carter G. Woodson

Carter Woodson was an American historian, author, journalist and the founder of the Association for the Study of African American Life and History. He is known as the "Father of Black History." In February 1926 he launched the celebration of Black History Month.

Frederick Douglass

Learn about Frederick Douglass. A man who escaped slavery and became an activist, author, and public speaker. He was an important leader in the abolitionist movement to end slavery.

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Martin Luther King Jr.

Martin Luther King Jr., was an American activist who became the most visible spokesperson and leader in the Civil Rights Movement. He is best known for advancing civil rights through nonviolence and civil disobedience. MLK participated and led marches for blacks' right to vote, desegregation, and labor rights. King also led the 1955 Montgomery Bus Boycott. He is also known for his "I Have A Dream" speech that was delivered during the March on Washington for jobs and freedom on August 28, 1963.

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Rosa Parks

Rosa Parks helped initiate the Civil Rights Movement when she refused to give up her bus seat to a white man in Montgomery, Alabama in 1955. Her actions led to leaders of the local black community to organize the Montgomery Bus Boycott. This boycott was led by Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. This boycott lasted more than a year. Rosa Parks has become one of the most recognized women in history for her dignity and strength during the struggle to end racial segregation.

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Jackie Robinson

Jackie Roosevelt Robinson was the first African American to play in Major League Baseball.

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Harriet Tubman

Harriet Tubman was an American abolitionist and political activist. She was born into slavery, but escaped and made some 13 missions to rescue approximately 70 enslaved people. She did this by using a network of secret routes and safe houses known as the Underground Railroad.

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Ruby Bridges

Ruby Bridges was an American civil rights activist. She was the first African-American child to desegregate the all-white school, William Frantz Elementary School in Louisiana during the New Orleans school desegregation crisis in 1960.

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Thurgood Marshall

Thurgood Marshall was an American lawyer and civil rights activist. He served as Associate Justice of the Supreme Court from October 1967 until October 1991. What is so great about him is, he was the Court's FIRST African-American justice.

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Maya Angelou

Maya Angelou was an American poet, memoirist and Civil Rights activist. She published many autobiographies, essays, poetry books, plays, movies, and television shows. She received various awards and more than 50 honorary degrees. Please listen to this read aloud of Maya Angelou's book, "Little People, Big Dreams."

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Barack Obama

Barack Obama made history when he became the first African-American president of the United States. He was elected president in 2008 and served from 2009 to 2017. Enjoy watching this fun video of President Obama giving Kid President a tour of the oval office, and giving him some good advice. You can also view Obama being sworn into office at the Inauguration Ceremony in 2009.

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Oprah Winfrey

Oprah Winfrey is an American talk show host, television producer, actress, author and philanthropist. She has overcome many adversities including; poverty, abuse and people telling her she was not fit for television. Despite the comments and harsh situations Oprah had to endure, she has become one of the biggest names in television. Enjoy this video of Oprah reading, "The Hula-Hoopin' Queen."

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Michael Jordan

Michael Jordan is an American businessman and former professional basketball player. He is now the owner and chairman of the Charlotte Hornets of the NBA. He played 15 seasons in the NBA winning SIX championships with the Chicago Bulls. Michael Jordan is also one of the most effectively marketed athletes, known for his product endorsements. He started the success of Nike's Air Jordan sneakers which were first introduced in 1984. Jordan also starred as himself in the 1996 film Space Jam. Michael Jordan has accomplished so much and still to this day is considered an icon in sports history. Enjoy this video of some of Michael Jordan's career highlights.

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Kamala Harris

Kamala Harris is an American politician and attorney who is now serving at the 49th Vice President of the United States. She is the first female vice president, the first African American vice president, and the highest-ranking female official in U.S. history. Take the time to watch this short video of Kamala Harris discussing her childhood, and her desire to look after and protect others who need support and help.

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Dr. Mae Jemison

Dr. Jemison is an American engineer, physician and former NASA astronaut. She became the first black woman to travel into space. Enjoy this video of Dr. Jemison talking about how she wanted to go into space.

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Coping Skills

Coping refers to what a person does to "get through" a stressful time. There are many different coping skills you can do to help you enhance feelings of well-being. Watch this video as it gives you a list of coping strategies.

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Test Anxiety

As GMAS approaches I know some of you may be nervous and anxious about this test. Know that many students deal with test anxiety, and it's ok. You have to find ways to calm yourself and relax while taken the test. Take the time to watch this video and learn some ways to help with test anxiety.

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Ms. Stevens' Calm Room


Ms. Stevens' Calm Room

View Ms. Stevens' Calm Room. Click on items in the room, and find the calming strategy that works best for you.

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Schedule Conferences


Schedule Conferences
ALL meetings will be held virtually through Zoom at this time. If you have any questions or concerns feel free to email me.

To schedule an appointment with Ms. Stevens, click the following link or email me at Stevens.Candice.D@muscogee.k12.ga.us 

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Resources


MCSD Resource Guide

The link has resources for families in MCSD.

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Military Family Resources

The Military Child Education Coalition has various resources available for military children and their families.

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COVID-19

GSCA has provided some useful resources to help us manage through COVID-19.

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United Way of the Chattahoochee Valley

United Way is a non-profit organization that is led by local volunteers that collaborate with local partners, schools, organizations and corporations on priority community issues. United Way's main focus areas are to improve Basic Needs, Income, Health and Education of all people here in the Chattahoochee Valley.

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Hope Harbour

Hope Harbour provides emergency shelter, security, crisis intervention and advocacy for adults and children who are victims of domestic violence in Muscogee, Harris, Chattahoochee, Marion, Taylor, Talbot counties in GA and Russell County in AL.

Your School Counselor


Your School Counselor
Hello wildcat family. I'm Candice Stevens and I am the school counselor at Forrest Road Elementary. I am so excited to begin my first year as a school counselor at this amazing school. I earned a BS degree in Sociology from Columbus State University in 2018, and then in 2020 received my M.Ed. in School Counseling from Columbus State University. I look forward to working with all of you and helping to equip each child into becoming successful individuals. 

Contact Information


  • Columbus, Georgia, United States
  • 6400 Forrest Road, Columbus, GA 31907
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