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Welcome to the Kenneth C. Coombs School Counseling Department! 

What does a School Adjustment Counselor do?

School Adjustment Counselors

  • Serve as an advocate for all students.
  • Work with individuals and groups.
  • Help identify needs of students.
  • Encourage the development of interpersonal relationships.
  • Promote positive attitudes and choices.
  • Aid teachers and parents in helping students.
  • Assist people in making use of community resources.
  • Coordinate referrals to outside agencies.
  • Provide preventative programs.

The services listed above are available to all students, parents, and staff at the Kenneth C. Coombs School.

On a daily basis, we often:

  • Teach small group or classroom lessons using Second Step, our schoolwide curriculum.
  • Provides Lunch Bunch Groups to students in kindergarten through second grade. 
  • Consults with parents both in person and on the phone.
  • Collaborates and consults with staff members.
  • Provides individual counseling to students.
  • Monitors students attendance records.
  • Provides support in the classroom, lunchroom, and recess.  

My Booklist

Please select a topic below for a list of related books. The books listed can help support healthy social emotional development.

All books are available for lending from the Guidance Department. I absolutely love to share my resources!

Come in and feel free to borrow or browse through a huge selection of resources!

Kindness Book Recommendations

Have You Filled A Bucket Today?

by Carol McCloud
Difficulty: Average
Note: This book is available in our Library.

How Full is Your Bucket?

by Tom Rath & Mary Reckmeye
Difficulty: Easy Reading

Kindness is Cooler, Mrs. Ruler

by Margery Cuyler
Difficulty: Average
Note: This book is available in our Library.

The Giving Tree

by Shel Silverstein
Difficulty: Average

Our Counselors

Julia Thompson:

508-539-1520 ext. 5117

Mary Ellen Walsh: 

508-539-1520 ext 5120


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  • Parents Helping Parents of Massachusetts
  • Parental Stress Line - Support to caregivers 1- (800) 632-8188 and support groups (South Boston/Fall River/New Bedford area).