I work collaboratively with staff and parents to help prepare students for meaningful participation in society. Safety is a top priority at Waterville School and we work diligently to provide a safe and caring environment to encourage academic, social, and emotional growth of students. I am responsible for implementing district and building policies as well communicating district expectations to staff and parents. As the instructional leader, I ensure the state academic content standards are implemented daily in all classrooms. Coordination of professional development activities, in conjunction with the building School Improvement Team, takes place on an on-going basis to promote professionalism and collegial discourse. Creating the building schedule, evaluating staff, and coordinating district and state tests for the building occurs during the school year.
As the Dean of Students, I work hand in hand with the students, parents, and staff. It is my responsibility to promote and enforce our three student goals of be respectful, responsible and safe. As such, I may be found at school assemblies, in classrooms presenting lessons, on the playground, in the cafeteria or on the telephone with parents. Another responsibility is to assist the teachers in providing technology education to our students by providing lessons based on our district technology goals. I assist Dr. Hollinger with preparing and administering the various tests our students take throughout the school year. The best part of my job is the amount of time I get to spend with students in nearly every setting within the building.
My primary responsibility is to serve as an assistant to the Waterville Primary Principal, Dr. Warnimont; relieving him of routine office duties; performing a wide variety of responsible secretarial work; and executing related work as needed. I greet and interview office visitors and telephone callers to answer questions concerning school programs and activities, and, to refer persons to another source of information. I coordinate, facilitate and monitor the functions of the school office including maintaining essential demographic information for students; assisting in caring for each student's daily needs. I also process purchase orders for supplies as needed for the building throughout the year.
I am one of two secretaries at WPS. Some of my responsibilities include monitoring student attendance; handling requests for after-hours use of our building; aiding students and parents with transportation issues; handling various situations/questions/concerns of parents – in person and on the telephone; providing medical assistance to students in the absence of the school nurse; and assisting our Principal, Dr. Warnimont, teachers and staff as needed.
My responsibilities are to take care of the health, safety and well being of the children of our building. I care for their injuries and illnesses; dispense medications; staff Wellness; parent teaching as well as screen children for hearing, vision and BMI's. I keep immunizations and the medical records up to date. I also assist with bus duty after school; organize fundraisers in our building for Breast Cancer and American Heart Association along with our new kick off last year, Relay for Life. I sit in meetings with parents/teachers to problem solve any medical concerns regarding the children.
Jillian Cowell, Counselor
Hello! My name is Jillian Cowell and I am the School Counselor at Waterville Primary School. This is my fifth year as Waterville's School Counselor and I absolutely love working with all of our wonderful students and families! Throughout the school year, I will deliver programming through Individual Counseling, Small Group Counseling, Classroom Lessons, and School Wide Programming. These services are designed to create and maintain a positive and healthy school environment. Common topics addressed through our Counseling Program are: Bucket Filling (kindness and caring), career awareness, character traits, coping skills, family changes, impulse control, making/keeping friends, managing stress and self esteem.
Our Counseling Program is enhanced by our outstanding therapy dog, Sara! Sara was placed at Waterville School in October of 2008 and she has worked with our students ever since. Sara helps to teach character lessons, assists trained teachers and staff members with academic lessons, and helps to maintain an overall positive school environment She was trained through Assistance Dogs for Achieving Independence (ADAI). This non profit organization trains and provides service and therapy dogs to individuals, schools, and other facilities.