Cedar Hill Elementary School

Welcome to Ms. Praml's Webpage

Grade Level: K-5
Department: School Counselor/Anti-Bullying Specialist, 504 and I&RS Coordinator 
Contact Information
Phone: (973) 331-7100 ext. 1015
 
Ms. Praml  
 
 
CONGRATULATIONS CEDAR HILL!  
A 2015 National School of Character
and 
A 2015 NJ State School of Character! 
 
CONGRATULATIONS MS. PRAML
2015 PROMISING PRACTICES AWARD WINNER FOR HER "KINDNESS KAFE"
CLASSROOM DESIGN!
 
CONGRATULATIONS MRS. HUGHES AND THE DIVERSITY COMMITTEE
2016 PROMISING PRACTICES AWARD WINNER 
 
Ms. Praml holds her state license as a Licensed Professional Counselor and is also a Nationally Certified Counselor.  She was awarded the title of "Counselor of the County 2009" for Morris County, NJ by the National School Counselors' Association.  Ms. Praml prides herself on being a lifelong learner.  She has earned two Master's degrees--one in Counseling Services from William Paterson University and one in Educational Leadership from Montclair State University.  She completed her undergraduate education at The University of Maryland, College Park with a degree in Special Education...and is a big Terps fan!
 
At Cedar Hill School, Ms. Praml is Co-chair of the Character Education Initiative Committee with Dr. Lundquist and Mrs. Coppola.  This committee is compromised of over 15 staff members at our school, as well as a parent-branch of the committee and a student branch.  Through this committee's efforts, Cedar Hill was awarded The 3rd Kindest School in NJ award in 2009. During the 2010-2011 school year the Character Education Initiative Committee continued our partnership with Pagus:Africa and our sister school in Ghana--The Bishop Forson School.  Our partnership helps support a student in Ghana, Musah Abu, as he lives and learns at The Bishop Forson School.  In May 2013, our school was recognized by the Character Education Partnership as an Emerging School of Character.  During the 2013-2014 school year, we were again recognized by the Character Education Partnership as an Honorable Mention School of Character.  We also were recognized in 2013-2014 with a Promising Practices Award by the Character Education Partnership for our "home-grown" Connect with Respect program.  In 2015, we received the prestigious distinction of being a NJ State School of Character and a National School of Character by character.org.  We will continue Connecting with Respect across the globe, while also Connecting with Respect within our school & community.  The students at Cedar Hill School are learning to be Bucket Fillers...and not Bucket Dippers!  
 
Ms. Praml is a member of the Holidays & Traditions Day Committee---which plans a multi-cultural appreciation day in December each year. 
 
Ms. Praml also co-chairs the Tools for Schools for Kids Club (TSKC) with Dr. Lundquist and Mrs. Coppola.  TSKC is our environmental club with activities taking place both during and after school. Our Recycling branch of TSKC meets in the fall for four after-school sessions.  The Junk Jamboree branch has one grand event in April on or around Earth Day.  Our Afternoon Adventure branch meets four times in the spring.  
 
Ms. Praml is part of a district-wide support program available to students.  She conducts individual and small group interventions, as well as classroom guidance lessons.  She is available to consult with parents, teachers and administrators to help address specific academic, social and/or personal concerns of students.  Ms. Praml is the Intervention & Referral Services and 504 Committee Coordinator.  In 2011-2012, Gov. Christie passed The Anti-Bullying Bill of Rights law (also referred to as HIB law) in NJ (P.L. 2010, Chapter 122); as a result of this law, Ms. Praml also serves as the Anti-Bullying Specialist for Cedar Hill School. 
 
Informed Consent:
Information gathered in group and individual sessions with students will be held strictly confidential according to the American Counseling Association Code of Ethics, as well as the American School Counseling Association Code of Ethics.  Exceptions to this confidentiality occur when there is suspected child abuse or imminent danger to the child or to others, at which time, by law, the Division of Youth and Family Services must be notified.
 
What does Ms. Praml do?
  • Assists children in understanding themselves and others
  • Helps children develop successful behavior patterns 
  • Assists with goal setting and decision-making
  • Teaches career awareness, exploration and planning
  • Provides education on understanding self and others, peer relationships, coping strategies and effective social skills
  • Assists with the development of communication, problem-solving and conflict resolution skills
  • Provides substance abuse education
  • Fosters multicultural/diversity awareness development
  • Academic planning
  • Enhances goal setting and decision-making skills
  • Teaches an understanding of self, including strengths and challenges
  • Develops transition plans--entering Kindergarten, transferring, graduation to middle school, etc.
  • Facilitates individual and small-group counseling sessions
  • Provides individual/family/school crisis intervention
  • Conflict resolution--helps students learn to solve peer conflicts
  • Consultation/collaboration
  • Referrals
How can my child meet with Ms. Praml?
Students may request, in writing or by telling their classroom teacher that they want an appointment with Ms. Praml.  Teachers, principals and parents may also request that a student meet with Ms. Praml.  The best way to contact Ms. Praml is via email or on her confidential voicemail at 973-331-7100 ext. 1015.
 
Will I be notified if my child meets with Ms. Praml?
Contact is made with parents after a student has met individually with Ms. Praml on two occasions regarding the same topic.  Ms. Praml firmly believes in a partnership with parents to nourish the best social-emotional development of the child.
    Why Elementary School Counselors?
    The elementary years are a time when students begin to develop their academic self-concept and their feelings of competence and confidence as learners. They are beginning to develop decision-making, communication and life skills, as well as character values. It is also a time when students develop and acquire attitudes toward school, self, peers, social groups and family. Comprehensive developmental school counseling programs provide education, prevention and intervention services, which are integrated into all aspects of children’s lives. Early identification and intervention of children’s academic and personal/social needs is essential in removing barriers to learning and in promoting academic achievement. The knowledge, attitudes and skills that students acquire in the areas of academic, career and personal/social development during these elementary years serve as the foundation for future success.(From: The American School Counselor Association)
     
     
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