School Counseling

Welcome to the School Counseling Homepage! 

The school counselors at Sand Hill-Venable Elementary School are Miss Jackie Baertschi (; 2nd-4th grades) and Ms. Lynn Michie (; K-1st Grade Mon/Tues/Wed/Fri).   We advocate for students in regards to academics, personal and social development, and career and future planning, serving each student from an individualized approach.  We will be teaching students in a classroom setting, as well as meeting with students individually and in small group settings. 
Because we encourage students to respect individual differences, our counseling program also includes an anti-bullying component.  In addition to fostering resiliency and teaching assertiveness skills, we teach about cyberbullying, or bullying others through technology including e-mail, text messages, and Facebook, Twitter, Snapchat and other social media sites. Since most cyberbullying occurs outside of school, we advise parents to monitor computer and cell phone use closely.  Please let us know if your child receives threatening messages.  Students who cyberbully often engage in more traditional types of bullying at school as well. To stop cyberbullying, we recommend that parents observe the guidelines for social networking sites; Facebook is recommended for students who are 14 years of age or older.   For more information on this topic, please consult the following websites:,,, and

Please take a moment to check out these fantastic online resources!

Tutoring and Study Skills:

International Children's Digital Library (Contains full-text online books in 19 different languages)

KidsHealth Homework Help and Study Tips

Jump Start Learning Games and Parent Resources Math and Reading Games

Post-High School, College, & Career:

Bureau of Labor Statistics Student Resources

Bureau of Labor Statistics Games and Quizzes for Kids

STEM Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math Resources for Kids

Social/Emotional Health & Building Resiliency:

Parent Action on Building Resiliency and Awareness in Youth

The 7 C's of Fostering Resilience in Youth

Family Support Network on North Carolina

PBS Child Development Resources