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Counselor's Corner

Georgia Milestones testing is coming…

(April 22-26)

Our teachers have been busy preparing your children. Many of you may be wondering what you can do to help prepare them also. Below you will find a list of some things you can do at home to help your child do their best on the Georgia Milestones test.

Each day before the test, make sure your child…

 Gets a good night’s sleep


  • Eats a healthy breakfast
  • Wears comfortable clothes and shoes
  • Remembers to use their relation techniques like: deep breathing, counting to ten, stretching out their muscles.
  • Knows how to be positive- teach them to use positive self-talk- “I will do my best” “I am ready for this test” “I can do it.”


If we all work together in helping to prepare your child, our students, they will feel more confident and will do their best on the test.


 Attention Parents/ Volunteers:


Effective July of 2012 the Mandated Reporter Law was updated to include volunteers working in a school. If you volunteer at any time in our building this will pertain to you. According to Boynton Elementary policy all reports should be made to the principal or counselor. The principal or counselor will then contact the proper authorities.  Please read the following…



House Bill 1176 and Changes to Georgia’s Mandatory Child Abuse Reporting



House Bill 1176 (HB 1176) is the result of the efforts of the Criminal Justice Reform Commission. The bill passed through the Georgia General Assembly on March 29, 2012.  One particular section of the bill is relevant to child welfare because it clarifies and expands the scope of O.C.G.A. § 19-5-7, which is Georgia’s law that mandates that certain professionals report suspected child abuse. These changes took effect on July 1, 2012.


HB 1176 adds definitions for the following groups of professionals required to report:


    Child service organization personnel means:

    People employed by or volunteeringfor any type of organization or business that provides children with “care, treatment, education, training, supervision, coaching, counseling, recreational programs, or shelter”


The Barton Child Law and Policy Center                               

Emory University School of Law                               

Atlanta, GA 30322