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National School Counseling Week, sponsored by the American School Counselor Association (ASCA), will be celebrated from Feb. 6–10, to focus public attention on the unique contribution of professional school counselors within U.S. school systems and how students are different as a result of what school counselors do.

It highlights the tremendous impact school counselors can have in helping students achieve school success and plan for a career. This year's theme is "School Counseling: Helping Students Realize Their Potential". More than 100,000 school counselors nationwide will be participating in the festivities.

The special week provides recognition for school counselors who "implement comprehensive school counseling programs, a vital part of the educational process for all students as they meet the challenges of the 21st century," according to John Davis, Assistant Superintendent of Curriculum. “SMJUHSD School Counselors will be acknowledging their faculty, who have graciously provided their instructional time for school counselors to deliver counseling curriculum.’’

The California Association of School Counselors will kick-off the celebration with two great professional development opportunities for school counselors in Northern and Southern California.

“We are also encouraging California counselors to support ASCA activities throughout the week and add the #MyCASC and @MyCASC to their social media tweets & posts", according to Eric R. Blanco, CASC President and School Counselor at Ernest Righetti High School.

There are 23 SMJUHSD School Counselors.

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