Here are some ideas of how high school counselors can introduce themselves to freshmen at the beginning of the year:
Make a good impression at Open HouseOne way to make a good impression is to be available to meet parents and students, talk to them, and provide helpful resources. One resource that you can provide is a Freshman Survival Guide that students can read before they start school on the first day.
Here is an example of a freshman survival guide produced on North Tonawanda High School Counseling site.
North Tonawanda High School Freshmen Survival Guide
Greet students in the halls during the first week of schoolA great way to encourage students to see you as a friendly presence is to be one of the smiling faces they see when they enter in the building in the morning.
Create a Freshman Parent/Student newsletterThe Counseling Geek provides a great video about the advantage of using Mail Chimp to create a newsletter for students and parents to subscribe at the beginning of the year. At open house, provide a information sheet for students and parents to complete so their emails can be gathered and/or provide the newsletter site.
Lunch with the School CounselorInvite small groups of 9th graders to have lunch with their school counselor to learn about the role of the school counselor and give them academic, college/career, and personal/social information.
Here is an example of a power point presentation for freshmen by Brian Law of Valdosta High School.
Parent Coffee with the CounselorInvite parents to join you for coffee after dropping off their students in the mornings for informational sessions. Here is a website advertising an informational coffee session with the school counselor. Below the website, there is a poster advertising a coffee with a middle school counselor for rising 9th graders.
Coffee with the Counselor, Malibu High School
The Middle School Counselor
Just taking some time to meet with our freshmen early can make a big difference in helping to form lasting and trusting relationships. If you have ideas to share about how you make connections with your freshmen at the beginning of the school year, I would love to hear them!