Phone: (919)894-4226 Ext. 3407
Degrees and Certifications:
Bachelor of Science (Double Major): Elementary Education (K-6) and Psychology Special Education Certification Masters of Education: School Counseling (K-12) National Board Certification in School Counseling
Mrs. Karla Denning
Welcome to the page of Mrs. Karla Denning,
Visit the "Meadow School Counseling" Twitter page (@MeadowCounsel) for resources, updates, and information!
Mrs. Denning is in her 22nd year in education! This is her 17th year as the school counselor at Meadow School! She also has experience as an elementary and middle school teacher and a high school counselor.
I am so glad that you are part of our Meadow Indian family!
We are in this together!!
It is my pleasure to serve you and your family in the following ways:
As your school counselor, I will be conducting whole group classroom guidance lessons for Grades K-5. We will explore such areas as: growth mindset, getting along with others/cooperation, friendship/anti-bullying, responsibility, respect, diversity, study skills, test-taking strategies, etc.
Other services include meeting with some students on a one-on-one basis to provide short-term individual counseling. Students may refer themselves for counseling, or they may be referred by a teacher, administrator, or other staff member. You may click on the link below to access the counseling referral forms.
Finally, I may work with some students in small groups to focus on an issue these students may have in common.
I also serve as our school's coordinator for 504 Plans, Homebound Services, Backpack Buddies, McKinney-Vento, the Duke Talent Identification Program (TIP), Red Ribbon Week, Great Kindness Challenge Week, and Character (Portrait of a Graduate) Recognition.
Another of my duties is to assist our 8th grade students with registering for high school (traditional or alternative, such as Early College, Career and Technical Leadership Academy, etc.) Look for more information regarding these processes in January-March.
Again this school year, I will be collecting Box Tops for Education. We will earn 10 cent for each Box Top submitted. Money earned will be used to support the Guidance program in a variety of ways (character recognition prizes, Red Ribbon Week materials, classroom guidance materials, etc.). The homeroom class in Grades K-4 and in Grades 5-8 that collects the most Box Tops will earn an ice cream sundae party! Thanks in advance for your support! **We have transitioned to the digital submission of Box Tops. To get started, download the Box Tops for Education app today!
I am here to help ALL students meet their full potential in the areas of academics, career and college readiness, and social/emotional health. New this year, our character education focus will be on our Portrait of a Graduate Characteristics. They are listed below:
September: Cross-Culturally Proficient - I respect the differences in people and the creative expression of their interests, talents, experiences, and culture.
October: Growth Mindset - I work through challenges showing perseverance, resilience, and self-advocacy.
November: Problem-Solver and Value-Creator: I generate and recognize original ideas, alternatives, and connections to develop new solutions to benefit society.
December: Communicator and Collaborator - I cooperatively work with others to accomplish goals and tasks while appreciating individual contributions.
January: Balanced, Self-Directed Learner - I maintain a healthy, active lifestyle and make quality decisions based on my personal goals.
February: Critical Thinker and Inquirer - I anticipate, identify, and evaluate issues and use multiple resources to solve problems in a variety of contexts.
March: Ethical - I understand the difference between right and wrong, act in ways consistent with good values, and abstain from intentional harm to others.
April: Grit - I sustain interest in and put effort towards long-term goals.
May: Knowledgeable - I am prepared with the knowledge and skills necessary for my life beyond high school.
*Useful Links Below*
My schedule is different everyday! I spend my time working as an advocate for all students, no matter the need. I have to be flexible as needs arise!
A typical day:
8:00-8:30 Bus Duty
8:30-11:45 Classroom Guidance; Working with students, parents, and teachers; Individual Counseling; 504 Meetings; Working on school-wide initiatives
1:00-3:30 Classroom Guidance; Working with students, parents, and teachers; Individual Counseling; 504 Meetings; Working on school-wide initiatives
3:30-4:00 Planning/After-School Meetings
High school courses taken in middle school will follow the grading presented for high school students. Students will have a choice of PC19 or a numeric grade for the Spring semester grade. Students enrolled in these courses should complete the form to decide their grade.
The Food Bank of NC will be providing food at our school at 12:00 on Tuesday, April 21st. Beginning April 27th, we will resume curbside pick up at our school on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays. Each meal container will include one hot lunch, one prepackaged lunch, and two breakfast items.
Parents and Guardians As a means of supporting our families with using Lexia Reading at Home, an important tool our students use to help increase their reading capacity, the company is offering “FREE” webinars just for parents and guardians who are at home helping to fill in the gaps during times. In these webinars, Professional Learning Facilitators will instruct families of K-8 learners on how to: Get set up and started (your student should already have an account). Support children's learning at home. Track progress and extend learning.
We realize that some of you may not have internet and/or devices or may prefer paper copies, so we will be preparing instructional packets for our students. Families can pick up the packets on Friday, March 27th at 11:30am by the back of the cafeteria.
Attention parents of 4-year-olds: Are you interested in your child attending a free preschool program? The NC PreK program is designed to provide 4-year-old children with positive early learning experiences that support their development and prepare them for Kindergarten.
High school students and middle school students enrolled in high school courses will be given an option on how their grade appears on their transcript. Students should complete the form for their school to make their choice.
JCPS high schools will host “modified” traditional graduation ceremonies between Wednesday, July 29, 2020 - Saturday, August 1, 2020. Schools will communicate about specific graduation dates and ceremony times as we get closer to see what restrictions may limit our attendance participation.