I’m still on last school year

Plans of blogging and sharing experiences from last school year have gone a bit awry. Please forgive me. I’ve been very busy the last 10 months and this is why:

Miss Connelly Ren was born August 1, 2016.

I’ve joined the world of moms and it. seriously. takes. over.

So while you are already well into the new school year, I’m still home with my little nugget. I’m all yoga pants, diaper changes, and baby snuggles. No complaints here!

Although I will say it is SO weird not to be at school. The beginning of the school year is one of my favorites, so I harbor a tiny bit of sadness to be missing it.


If you follow my blog, you may know that last year, I joined two new schools. Being split is something new for me, so I spent a fair amount of the year trying to figure out how to balance my role in each school. It wasn’t easy. It was busy and hectic and not ideal. But I did my best to be fully present in the school I was at while I was there and offer what I could. Many days that didn’t quite feel like enough (because it’s not).

You probably know that I’m a big fan of doing End of Year School Counseling Reports to showcase how I’ve spent my time and what the School Counseling Program provided over the course of the school year. Well, since I had two schools, both of which held very different needs, I decided to do a  comparative report that would show numbers from various parts of my comprehensive program side by side.

I wanted to take the time to share this report here because the more we document and share what we do, the more likely we are to increase understanding and support for our roles. In my case of split schools, the report also serves as a means to advocate for being where I’m needed most. When you have data to back up what you’re saying, it makes those conversations a little more powerful. 🙂

Take a look! (Click the link to see the full report.)

End of Year School Counseling Report 2015-2016

18 thoughts on “I’m still on last school year

  1. Congratulations!! I have an almost 10 month old and am in total love! Her middle name is also Wren but with a “W” : )

    Can you tell me how you were keeping track of your #’s?

    • Isn’t it the best? Wow, another Wren for a middle name. Not many out there I don’t think!
      For most of the info on the report, I keep track of just by writing it down through out the year so I can look back on it at the end. I keep a notebook for classroom lessons, for example, and I can count how many lessons I did. I also use forms for referrals so I can count them up at the end. It takes several hours to do all the counting for the report but it’s worth it! 🙂

  2. Congratulations, Kayla! Parenthood is the best and most difficult thing you will ever do, but the joy, oh the joy!

    Thank you for sharing the data. So important and something I struggle with every year.

  3. Congratulations on the new addition to your family. I’m impressed at how simplistic you presented the data. Are you using any other applications other than what you created? As a high school counselor it’s always been refreshing to see how innovative other counselors are when it comes to data collection.

    • Thank you! So far, I use the data I keep by basically tracking everything I do. I haven’t ventured into using impact data, like numbers of something before/after I do an intervention. That will come with time! 😊

  4. Congratulations! I am so glad I found your blog. I am in my first year as a school counselor in Dallas. Your blog is so helpful! I love the pictures of your office and all the wealth of information that is here. I appreciate you!

  5. This is great. I am currently looking for a way to collect and present data for what it is I do. I really like this blog. I found it through researching a mindfulness.relaxation group initiative I am starting. I enjoyed your post, although I am in a MS I am sharing some of your resources with our ES School Counselor.

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