Mr. Harris' Blog

Welcome... I hope this blog can be useful, particularly to parents and the community, as another way to stay connected to what's going on around McNair. Find out more about McNair school counseling by clicking around the blog or reading my program brochure. Students can use my "Mr. Harris Please Help" form to let me know they need to chat. Please browse around and contact me ( if you just cannot find what you're looking for! It's my pleasure to serve McNair and the community.

Child just needs more help?

Here are a couple options for therapy at no charge:
- Family Solutions for Kids offers a great variety of services to meet the needs of children and their families including therapy and psychiatric services (brochure).
- Community Psychological Service (at UMSL) offers therapy for children & families for a variety of concerns. Psychological evaluation is also offered.

Monday, December 3, 2012

Focus on Prevention Using the “Second Steps” Curriculum

Part of my goal as a school counselor is to find ways to help all students learn the skills to succeed at school.  Classroom teachers already deliver lessons on Monday mornings related to life-skills, regularly teach routines and expectations, and engage students on Friday mornings in classroom meeting discussions (all part of our school-wide PBIS efforts).  However, another effort this school year was to focus on visiting each classroom more frequently myself to teach whole-group lessons using the new Second Steps Curriculum.  [As of late Novemember] In grades K-2, parents received a letter at the beginning of the school year explaining the Second Steps briefly and also have seen “Homelinks” handouts/activities come home with students explaining specific “skills for learning”, such as listening, following directions, focusing attention, using self-talk, and being assertive. Grades K-2 will In grades 3-4, students have received instruction on bully prevention and conflict resolution, listening, identifying and responding to feelings, and empathy training.  In grade 5, students received instruction in bully prevention and conflict resolution, then engaged with Officer Novak for the remainder of the fall semester for the DARE curriculum.  In the spring semester, I am excited to continue visits to all grade level classrooms regularly, teaching skills and offering opportunity for students to practice together.  For more details on the “Second Steps” Curriculum, you can visit