Welcome to Nitro Elementary’s School Counseling webpage.  


To our NES parents, staff, students, and community members:

We realize that this can be a very stressful time for us all as we wait to see what will happen with the CoVID-19 pandemic sweeping across our nation.  Here is some information that may be helpful as we all try to navigate building closures while providing instruction to our children:

*Second Step (The Committee for Children)-Your child should be familiar with the Second Step program as it has been taught during weekly developmental guidance classes (counseling) for the past 2-3 months.  Due to school closures across the world, Second Step has now opened up access to families.  This is a GREAT program that focuses on social/emotional learning.  Families can also go online to find resources and activities to support Second Step at home. Here are directions:

1. Go to www.secondstep.org
2. Under New Users, click “Create Account”
3. Complete the required fields
4. Add Program Activation Key: SSPE FAMI LY68

*“Self Care During CoVID/Love in the Time of Corona: A Home-bound Self-Care Guide for Parents & Students” by School Counselor Stephanie.  A resource for parents and teachers with lots of creative ideas:  https://drive.google.com/file/d/16J2W0N1vbdI6oDTk3frg9JrgCSau5-fa/view.  

*“Talking to Children About COVID-19: A Parent Resource” by the National Association of School Psychologists can be found at this link: https://www.nasponline.org/resources-and-publications/resources-and-podcasts/school-climate-safety-and-crisis/health-crisis-resources/talking-to-children-about-covid-19-(coronavirus)-a-parent-resource  

*Book: “The Yucky Bug” by Julia Cook being read by kids about the virus pandemic.  Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZD9KNhmOCV4  Tips for Parents Talking to Kids: https://www.juliacookonline.com/assets/uploads/2020/03/Yucky-Bug.pdf

*9 different developmental guidance lessons for free on TPT by DixonsDoodles:  https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Store/Dixonsdoodles?fbclid=IwAR1lDMMdQn0Rqr4AkdlMSzEC3euRiH0G8aE9A0U3j0I8OAidkLU0FRZo_2w

*For Social/Emotional learning with younger students: https://www.sesamestreet.org/.

*GoNoodle’s new program:  Good Energy at Home-free home subscription: https://www.gonoodle.com/good-energy-at-home-kids-games-and-videos/

If we can be of any service or you have an unmet need, please contact me at: aradenheimer@mail.kana.k12.wv.us.  






School Counselors provide a variety of services within the school.  Our primary responsibility is to oversee the safety and wellness of the students that we serve.  Some of those services include:

*Weekly Developmental Guidance in the classroom.

*Small groups

*Individual supportive counseling

*Parent & Teacher consultations

*Parent workshops

*Student Advocacy

*School wide prevention activities

*Behavior Management

*Referrals to outside services when necessary

*Crisis Prevention/Response

*Participation in IEP/SAT/504 meetings

*Committee involvement

*Student Council Sponsor


Feel free to call or email with any questions/concerns/needs

~Ally Radenheimer, MA, LPC, NCSC



Second Step Program

Beginning in December 2019, during weekly developmental guidance (classroom counseling), I will begin using a new research based curriculum called Second Step. The Second Step program is a series of lessons for Kindergarten through 5th grade that is designed to increase students’ school success and decrease problem behaviors by promoting social-emotional competence and self-regulation. It teaches skills that strengthen students’ ability to learn, have empathy, manage emotions, and solve problems. Many lessons come with a Home Link reminder that can be found on the Second Step website. These activities are fun and are designed to encourage interaction between students and their adult family members. You can find out more about the program by visiting secondstep.org.