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Hello Marblehead Families!  Welcome to the 2017-2018 school year. I hope you had a wonderful and restful summer. I'm looking forward to a great year with you. As your  school counselor, I'm here to work with ALL students and am here to assist you and your child in any way I can. This is my 6th year in counseling and my 3rd year here at Marblehead. As I have in the past, I'll be going into all classrooms and teaching Second Step lessons. These lessons occur weekly in TK-2 classrooms and monthly in 3-5 classrooms. More information can be found on my main page. I'll also be delivering other guidance lesson topics as needed. I'll be running small intervention groups based on various topics as well as providing individual counseling. I hope to bring parenting classes that are both relevant and helpful, during this school year. Please contact me with any questions you may have. Let's have a great year!


Counseling Referral Information

Positive Discipline


Role of a School Counselor

According to the American School Counseling Association, a school counselor serves to address the academic, career and personal/social needs of all students. Read more here: 

Role of a School Counselor


Contact Info:

Kathie Ketcham

Work: (949) 234-5339

Days: W; Th, 1st/3rd/5th F.

Hours: 7:00-2:30 M,W; 7:30-3:00 F.

National School Counseling Week February 5-9, 2018


Marblehead's first annual College & Career Day!

Multi-tiered System of Support

mtss.jpgSchool counselors provide a multi-tiered system of support that is data driven and evaluated. 


Tier 1: Core Curriculum- Classroom lessons (All Students)

Tier 2: Intentional Guidance- Small group counseling (some students)

Tier 3: Individual Interventions- individual counseling and outside referrals (few students)

Counseling Resources

Academic Resources

PBS Parents: Online Games
K–3rd Grade
Games and printable activities using popular PBS characters

K–5th Grade
Games and apps to build reading, writing and math skills

The Games Classroom
K–6th Grade
Games, lessons, videos, and worksheets complied from several sites along with a parent newsletter

K–8th Grade
Books and comics focusing on math and reading improvement with interactive games

Light up your Brain
K–8th Grade
Audio stories, brainteaser games, interactive problem solving, fine motor skills and more

K–8th Grade
Free games, brainteasers, links for most academic subjects, create interactive quizzes, jokes and downloads

Fact Monster
K–8th Grade
Reference materials, facts, and trivia quizzes along with homework help
2nd–6th Grade
Learn multiplication tables and other math facts


Scholastic The Stacks: Games
2nd–7th Grade
Fun puzzles games and quizzes; the highlight is a creative writing game with prompts


Tut Pup- Math Facts Practice


Spelling City

Practice and study spelling words


Second Step Social Emotional Learning Curriculum

Second Step Social Emotional Learning Curriculum

About Second Step

"The elementary years bring exciting new challenges and opportunities. It’s the prime time to nurture social and emotional awareness and skills for learning. The research-based Second Step program includes everything needed to make it easy for teachers to integrate social-emotional learning into their classrooms, which decreases problem behaviors and increases whole-school success by promoting self-regulation, safety, and support." Second Step Website


Second Step is taught weekly in TK-2nd grade classrooms and monthly in 3rd-5th grade classrooms.


Parent Activation Portal


Kindergarten: SSPK FAMI LY70

1st Grade: SSPI FAMI LY71

2nd Grade: SSP2 FAMI LY72

3rd Grade: SSP3 FAMI LY73

4th Grade: SSP4 FAMI LY74

5th Grade: SSP5 FAMI LY75


Scope and Sequence




Social Emotional Learning


Vision Statement


The Capistrano Unified School District School Counseling Program strives to provide opportunities so that every student will acquire the social-emotional, academic, and career skills to reach their fullest educational potential and successfully manage their lives as healthy, responsible, competent and productive citizens who respect themselves and others.


Mission Statement


The mission of Capistrano Unified School District School Counselors is to provide a comprehensive counseling program that supports the whole child. School Counselors will focus on the needs, interests and issues related to social-emotional, academic, and career development of all students through a multi-tiered system of support. School Counselors will advocate, collaborate and facilitate actions that promote a positive school climate, provide an opportunity for all students to access their education and achieve personal and academic success to meet the challenges of a rapidly changing world.


Non-Discrimination Statement

The Capistrano Unified School District prohibits discrimination, harassment, intimidation, and bullying in all district activities, programs, and employment based upon actual or perceived gender, gender identity, gender expression, race, ethnicity, color, religion, ancestry, nationality, national origin, ethnic group identification, sex, sexual orientation, marital or parental status, pregnancy, age, physical or mental disability or on the basis of a person’s association with a person or group with one or more of these actual or perceived characteristics. Reference: AR 1312.3, BP 1312.3 and BP 5183.

Rich Montgomery, Executive Director, Human Resource Services/Compliance
33122 Valle Road, San Juan Capistrano, CA 92675
(949) 234-9200

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