Hello! My name is Katie Witzeling and I have been a School Counselor for 30 years. I received my Bachelor's Degree from UW-SP and my Master's Degree in School Counseling from UW-O. This is my 23rd year at North Cape- I have the best job on the planet! I am the proud Mom of two children - a sophmore at UW-Madison and a senior attending NCSU. I also have two rescued dogs that keep me busy outside of work. I love spending time up north in the Eagle River area and traveling in general. I also enjoy being with my family and friends. My goal is to help your child be socially, emotionally and academically successful at school. Please contact me at 262-835-4069 or by email with any concerns or questions. Together we can make North Cape a positive experience for you and your child.
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Welcome to the School Counseling Program
Here you will find information on the role of school counselors, the mission and vision, the services we provide, and helpful resources. According to the ASCA National Model, school counselors provide services to students, parents, school staff and the community both directly and indirectly. Direct services are in-person interactions between school counselors and students and include the following: Classroom guidance lessons, individual student planning, and Responsive services (being there when students need us the most). Indirect services are provided on behalf of students as a result of the school counselors’ interactions with others including referrals for additional assistance, consultation and collaboration with parents, teachers, other educators and community organizations.
School Counseling Curriculum
The school counseling program provides a comprehensive, research-based curriculum to all students to address the academic, career, and social/emotional needs at the child's developmental level. Classroom lessons are regularly scheduled and topics may include self-esteem, conflict resolution, study skills, emotion management, career awareness, tattling vs. reporting, friendship and social skills, responsibility, respect, bullying, empathy, cooperation, goal setting and decision-making, peer pressure, AODA issues and many more. A link to the Standards:
Responsive services are activities designed to meet students’ immediate needs and concerns. Responsive services may include counseling in individual or small-group settings or crisis response.
School counselors may work with a student in a safe, positive, and confidential setting to address issues that may impede a student's academic achievement. Topics are based on the needs of the student and may include understanding feelings, changing families/divorce, grief, stress, social skills, academics, bullying, problem-solving, and decision-making.
An opportunity for students sharing similar issues or concerns to work together in a small group environment consisting of about 4-6 peers. The group sessions usually last about 30 minutes and are held for approximately 6-8 weeks. Topics are based on the needs of the students and may include changing families/divorce, grief and loss, friendship and social skills, study skills, conflict resolution, emotion management, self-esteem, and stress-management.
Academic and Career Planning
School counselors support students in creating and cultivating their own unique and information-based visions for post secondary success, obtained through self-exploration, career exploration, and the development of academic and career management and planning skills. Every year we offer academic and career planning conferences with all eighth grade students and their parents and provide information for the transition to middle school.
School counselors will often advocate on behalf of students which may involve making a referral for additional services or consulting and collaborating with parents, teachers, other educators and community organizations.
Monthly Character Traits
Being accountable in word and deed. Having a sense of duty to fulfill tasks with reliability, dependability and commitment.
Showing high regard for authority, other people, self and country. Treating others as you want to be treated. Understanding that all people have value as human beings.
Behaving in a way that keeps you and others from harm or injury. Reporting unsafe behavior to an adult.
Showing understanding of others by treating them with kindness, compassion, generosity and forgiveness.
The ability to work together in a peaceful and cooperative manner. Being law-abiding and involved in service to school, community and country.
Telling the truth, admitting wrongdoing and being trustworthy.
Pursuing worthy objectives with determination and patience while showing fortitude when confronted with failure or difficulty. The ability to recover from setbacks and difficulties.
Doing the right thing in the face of difficulty and following your conscience instead of the crowd.
To live by your values and morals, to be sincere and be true to what you believe is important.
Demonstrating hard work. Controlling emotions, words, actions, impulses and desires. Giving your best in all situations.
Recognizing and doing what needs to be done before one is asked to do it. Taking responsibility for your achievement and working hard to be successful.
Practicing justice,equity and equality. Cooperating with one another. Recognizing the uniqueness and value of each individual within our diverse society.
PBIS allows our school to incorporate proactive teaching about behavior into every space and time throughout our learners' day. The counselors help with PBIS at all levels. At the "Tier 1" or school-wide level, the counselors teach classroom guidance lessons and work with a team that is dedicated to teaching behavior according to the changing needs we see over time. At the "Tier 2" level, counselors help to identify needs using data and collaborate to provide supports such as behavior plans, small groups, or 1-on-1 instruction or check-ins.
One skill that is practiced during the school–age years is how to get along with others. A common concern raised by students and parents is bullying. School counselors take a proactive role in helping students develop healthy relationship skills, address conflict appropriately, and intervene with bullying behavior.
No one is having fun
There is a possible solution to the disagreement
Equal balance of power
Someone is being mean on purpose
Reaction to a strong feeling or emotion
An isolated event (doesn't happen regularly)
Attacked physically, socially &/or emotionally
An unequal balance of power
Happens more than once over a period of time
Someone is being hurt on purpose
Academic and Career Planning (ACP)
ACP, is a student-driven, adult-supported process in which students create and cultivate their own unique and information-based visions for post-secondary success, obtained through self-exploration, career exploration, and the development of career management and planning skills.
What ACP Means for North Cape School District - Academic and Career Planning is a student’s journey to develop awareness of self through exploration and collaboration with parents, educators, and mentors, opening the doors to endless possibilities.
Wisconsin public school districts are required to provide Academic and Career Planning services to all students in grades 6-12 beginning in the 2017-18 school year. It is a District priority to ensure each student has a personalized academic and career plan to prepare them for a post-secondary world.
Academic and career planning provides a platform for all students to develop an awareness of self as it relates to their interests, skills, and strengths. This awareness of self will set the foundation for ongoing exploration of in-demand career pathways and relevant educational opportunities.
Through ongoing and collaborative conversations with parents, educators, and community members, students will be empowered to develop an academic and career plan that documents and guides their journey through grades 6-12 and beyond.
As each student navigates through this process, they will be exposed to many different possibilities along with information and skills necessary to explore these possibilities.
District educators are trained to support students down whatever pathways they explore. The ACP process supports our state and District mission of equipping all students with the knowledge, skills, and habits to be college, career and community ready, inspired to succeed in our diverse world.