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The Montana School Counselor Association is a division of the American School Counselor Association (ASCA) and represents approximately 500 Montana professional school counselors.

The mission of the Montana School Counselor Association is to promote excellence in professional school counseling in Montana.

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Join now and experience the many benefits of membership.  Join as a professional, student, supporting, affiliate, or retired member.  We are stronger together!

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Conference

MSCA 2021 Virtual Conference 
Feb. 23rd - March 30th - April 27th

 


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Message from Board Chair: Jessica Buboltz 

Hello Montana School Counselors!

I hope you’re staying healthy and practicing self care as we dive into winter. The MSCA Board is busy planning the Spring Conference along with other upcoming professional development opportunities. Even though we won’t be meeting in person, we are excited to be partnering with ASCA to provide a quality virtual conference experience. We will be rolling out more information about the conference shortly. 
 

School Counselor of the Year and Advocate of the year nominations are open! If you are working with or know of an amazing School Counselor or School Counselor advocate, please consider a nomination. Check out the MSCA Awards link for more information and nomination forms. SCOY and AOY will be awarded at our Spring Membership Zoom meeting. 


We are also taking nominations and self-nominations for the MSCA Board. Board members are on a three-year term and we run an election for three open Board positions every year. The Board Nomination form can be found on the Board of Director page of the website. If you have any questions about Board work or interest in MSCA committee work, please contact Beth Terzo at beth@mtschoolcounselor.org

 

Jessica Buboltz

MSCA Board Chair 


 

Member Spotlight: Haley Pardy

  

Name: Haley Pardy
Position: School Counselor
School: Hardin Primary School
Experience: I am in my 2nd year
Graduate school: Montana State University-Billings

Message from Roxanne Not Afraid, Hardin Primary's Administrator: 
The Hardin Primary School is extremely proud of this recognition as Miss Pardy has made a positive impact to our school and supports not only the students but families and staff.  Miss Pardy greets everyone at the front door every morning, shares the daily morning focus announcement, assists with the weekly “Star Students & Staff of the Week” and also finds time to coordinate our Food Backpack program.  When other school buildings were in need of support services, Miss Pardy offered her help and assisted. Miss Pardy is someone that we are proud to call part of our school family, she is always willing to help and assist anyone. 

Meet Haley:
I am originally from Billings, but I attended high school in Helena, MT. I love anything that relates to being outdoors and in the mountains. I spend the summer boating and camping and I spend the fall hunting in the mountains. I played softball in college and still enjoy playing slow pitch during my summers. 

What compelled you to be a school counselor or led you to where you are today?
When I first graduated with my bachelors degree, I worked at a small organization that did supervised visits for families in which the children had been removed from the home. That was a very difficult job for me. I loved being around the kids, but it was a very dark job that had few happy moments and even fewer reunifications. I knew I wanted to have a job where I could help kids understand how they were feeling and help them reach their full potential. Becoming a school counselor was a perfect fit for me to do that. Even though there are still some heavy situations that I have to face as a school counselor, there are so many more positive moments that I can enjoy with the kiddos.

Favorite aspect of your job?
Absolutely the kids. They are the most important and my favorite part. I love making them smile and making them feel like they are important, because they are! I try very hard to touch a child's heart every day. They feel all the big emotions that we as adults feel, and they can be scary. That’s why it’s so important to me to make sure these children know that they will always have me to turn to if they need someone. I always want to be a safe place for them to laugh, cry, smile, or rest. 

Particularly memorable program, intervention, group, lesson you’ve implemented that you believe made an impact with your students/staff?
Last year, I was able to put together a kindness challenge. The students and staff had to complete different kindness scavenger hunts. I felt like it went well and it was a great experience for me to have, especially in my first year. I have many years to go to make changes and do more things like this. I never want to stop learning new things and coming up with new ideas to make a positive impact.

Favorite part of the spring/fall conference?
Unfortunately, due to COVID-19, I have not been able to attend the conference in person yet. I can’t wait until I get to do that. I really enjoyed the virtual conference and the amount of new
information is great. Like I said, I never want to stop learning about new practices and I feel like the conference does a great job of giving new ideas.

Memorable moment in your career?
Honestly, this whole year has been memorable. We have been living a huge chunk of history. I am learning how to do things in an online setting, which is something we have never learned or prepared for. It just shows me that we have to be able to adjust to the needs of our students very quickly. I was not expecting to spend a majority of the beginning of my career in a situation like this. I think we can all give ourselves a pat on the back for being flexible and adapting when it has been necessary.