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South Central Elementary School
9808 South 600 West - Union Mills, Indiana 46382 • 219-767-2269
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Elementary Guidance

At South Central Elementary School we believe that interacting adaptively with the world requires the ability to resolve problems and effectively handle frustrations. Our counselor, Mrs. Gehrke, offers regular lessons in the classroom designed to teach important life skills and reinforce positive values.

Mrs. Gehrke focuses on the following concerns while giving classroom lessons:
  • The total child - socially, emotionally, physically, and intellectually
  • The individual needs of all children
  • Early intervention and prevention of problems
  • Teaching life-long learning skills such as listening, organizing, decision making, thinking, and problem-solving
  • Developing positive attitudes toward the world of work
  • Preventing drug and alcohol abuse
  • Absenteeism and discipline problems that interfere with time on task
  • Increased pressures on children and families: unemployment, lack of supervision, mobility, and single parents.


In addition to individual counseling and classroom lessons, Mrs. Gehrke conducts small groups in areas such as:
  • Acts of kindness
  • Organization
  • Service-learning
  • Communication
  • Study skills
  • Self-esteem
  • Handling stress
  • Setting goals
  • Divorce
  • Grief
  • Home alone
  • Social skills
Since we learn best from things we most enjoy, all of the groups are designed to be fun experiences for the students.