Southeast Polk Elementary School Counseling Programs

The Southeast Polk Elementary School Counseling program is a comprehensive data-driven program that is based on standards in academic, career and social and emotional development. The Elementary School Counseling Program is a collaborative effort between the professional school counselor, families and school staff to create an environment that promotes and maximizes student achievement and helps all students have a positive educational experience.

Programs Available

  • PBIS – Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports (PBIS) is a proactive approach to establishing the behavioral supports and social culture needed for all students in a school to achieve social, emotional and academic success. To learn more visit PBIS.org
  • OLWEUS – Olweus is a bullying prevention framework designed to assist schools in fostering a positive school climate.
  • Onsite school-based mental health clinicians available – please contact your school counselor for more information
    • Next Step – Altoona, Clay, Centennial, Delaware, Four Mile, Willowbrook
    • Woodward – Mitchellville, Runnells
  • Backpack Buddies – for more information please contact your school counselor
  • Holiday Assistance – for more information please contact your school counselor
  • School Supplies – Altoona Kids Cafe is a non-profit organization that works very hard to meet many needs of students in our community. Please contact your school counselor to receive assistance.
  • Winter Weather Gear – The Altoona PTA organizes a Winter Warmth Drive to provide winter warmth to kids in the SEP district and kids in central Iowa.  Please contact your school counselor for additional information.

Additional Resources

Elementary School Counselors

School Phone Counselor
Altoona Elementary (515) 967-3771  Jane Kayser
Centennial Elementary (515) 967-2109  Kara Buerger
Clay Elementary (515) 967-4198  Amy Goldenstein
Delaware Elementary (515) 262-3197  Sarah Thayer
Four Mile Elementary (515) 265-1972  Sara Parrie
Mitchellville Elementary (515) 967-4274  Kristi Syhlman
Runnells Elementary (515) 966-2068  Kristi Syhlman
Willowbrook Elementary  (515) 967-7512 Natalie Wilson