The American School Counselor Organization named Pacific Crest Middle School a Recognized ASCA Model Program on Monday, becoming one of only three schools in Oregon to earn the distinction.
During a two-year process, counselors Ashlee Davis and Andy Krauthoefer worked on creating programs to help increase students’ grades and reduce absenteeism at Pacific Crest. According to a Bend-La Pine Schools press release, the duo taught in classes, created a eighth-grade career fair, hosted parents’ nights that focused on the social-emotional needs of students, and more. In order to earn the certification, Davis and Krauthoefer had to document their time working with students, proving that they spent at least 80 percent of their workdays with kids.
“We want to build positive, lasting relationships with the students,” Krauthoefer said in the press release. “We are counselors, so we believe social-emotional health is as important as academics.”
The two other Oregon schools to hold this distinction are both in the Salem-Keizer School District.