PWCS cares deeply about students’ emotional well-being during the summer break. If a student is in need of emotional support during this time, please feel free to send an e-mail to studentsupportservices@pwcs.edu. A school mental health or health professional will answer and offer virtual support to students to the best of their ability. This e-mail is not to be used for emergency situations as it will not be monitored 24 hours a day. If a student is ever in an emergency situation he/she is encouraged to call 911 or utilize one of the resources listed below:


Emergency Resources:
ACTS Helpline 
703.368.4141
1.800.SUICIDE (24-hour) 
1.800.784.2433
Crisis Text Hotline (24-hour) 
741741 
PWC Child Protective Services Hotline 
703.792.4200
PWC Community Services Board 
703.792.4900

Our Therapy Dogs: Petey and Apollo

therapy dogs


Both of our therapy dogs are registered with Alliance of Therapy Dogs. Petey is a 9-year-old American Bulldog that has been working in schools for 7 years. Apollo is a 7-year-old German Shepherd/Rottweiler Mix that was a service dog before he became a therapy dog. Ms. McMahon is a certified handler for both Petey and Apollo. Ms. McMahon educates Enterprise Elementary School students on the differences between therapy dogs, service dogs, and emotional support animals.

 

Please read the following excerpt from Alliance of Therapy Dogs:

 

What are the Benefits of Having a Therapy Dog in the Classroom?

Therapy dogs have been called “miracle workers” because of their calming effect on students and teachers.


The benefits of having therapy dogs in the classroom include:

Physical benefits: Interaction with therapy dogs has been shown to reduce blood pressure, provide physical stimulation, and assist with pain management.

Social benefits: A visiting therapy dog promotes greater self-esteem and focused interaction with other students and teachers.

Cognitive benefits: It has been empirically proven that therapy dogs stimulate memory and problem-solving skills.

Emotional and mental health benefits: A recent national survey of adolescent mental health found that about 8 to 10 percent of teens ages 13 to 18 have an anxiety disorderA therapy dog can lift moods in the classroom, often provoking laughter. The therapy dog is also there to offer friendship and a shoulder to lean on for students.


How Have Therapy Dogs Been Used in Classrooms to Help Children with Autism?

While therapy dogs have calming effects and reduced stress levels in most students, children with disabilities can present a unique challenge. Because of the wide range of intensity, behaviors can be unpredictable. The classroom can be a stressful and overwhelming environment due to social challenges and peer pressure. Therapy dogs can reduce the effect of this, allowing a child with autism to feel more at ease and open to social behavior. Researchers have found that children with autism are more social when playing with therapy dogs as opposed to toys. New research offers further proof that animals can also have a therapeutic effect. The kindness and the gentleness of therapy dogs help children with autism simply by being there. The child may not speak or may want to engage in compulsive behavior and the therapy dog is by his/her side, ready to engage.




 
 School Counselor
Ms. McMahon
 Caitlin McMahon  

Greetings! My name is Ms. McMahon and I am the full-time school counselor. This is my fourth year at Enterprise Elementary School. I am also a parent: my son is in 6th grade and my daughter is in 4th grade.

The school counseling program at Enterprise is a comprehensive and developmentally appropriate program aligned with the American School Counselor Association (ASCA) National Model. This program supports academic, career, and social-emotional development through classroom guidance lessons, school-wide programs, and small counseling groups. Individual counseling is available to all students at the request of parents, teachers, or students' self-referrals.


A positive relationship between school and home enhances the academic, social, and emotional growth of children. Please contact me with any questions or concerns.

Caitlin McMahon, M.Ed.
School Counselor
703.594.6801
mcmahoce@pwcs.edu 

ACE Interface Trainer
Youth Mental Health First Aid Certified
Therapy Dog Handler



School Counseling Mission Statement:

The mission of the Enterprise Elementary School Counseling Program is to support academic, career, and social-emotional success in a respectful, responsible, and safe learning environment.

School Counseling Vision:

The students at Enterprise Elementary School are leaders in learning prepared to believe, achieve, and succeed as contributing members of society. 

The professional school counselors at Enterprise Elementary School believe:

  • All students can achieve at the highest level when their unique needs are met.
  • All students will have access to a comprehensive, developmentally appropriate, and culturally inclusive school counseling program run by master’s level, state-certified, professional school counselors.
  • All students have the right to participate in the school counseling program.
  • The school counselors will advocate for all students and collaborate with stakeholders for necessary systemic change.
  • The school counselors will demonstrate commitment to school-family-community partnerships.
  • The school counselors will abide by the ethics and standards established by the American School Counselor Association (ASCA).
  • The school counselors will participate in professional development opportunities to maintain and deliver quality services to the school community.
  • The school counselors will use data to design, implement, evaluate, and continuously improve the comprehensive school counseling program.
  • The school counseling program will be evaluated annually by the principal, counseling supervisor, and advisory council members.