Master of Science Counseling & Human Science - School Counseling
National Board Certified Counselor
My name is Ms. Abby Danko and I am excited to embark on a new school year here with the Baltic School District! I was born and raised near Leota, Minnesota and I was a 2001 graduate of Edgerton Public School. I earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Human Development and Family Studies from South Dakota State University in May of 2006. In May of 2010, I graduated with my Master's of Science Degree from South Dakota State University in the field of Counseling and Human Science with an emphasis in School Counseling. I received my National Certified Counselor credentials in 2010.
One of my greatest blessings in life, was starting a family and becoming a Mom. I have 4 sons! Mason is 9, Liam is 7, Rowan is 3 and Briggs is 6 months. I can not believe how fast time flies. Cherish every second! My husband, Erik, works for the United States Department of Agriculture - Forest Service Division as a Wildland Firefighter. We bought a home a few years ago in Edgerton, Minnesota and enjoy being close to our family! Some of my hobbies include: gardening, DIY projects, learning to play the guitar, and outdoor activities such as camping, boating, fishing, hiking, and baseball season!
The 2020-2021 school year at Baltic Elementary is well under way and I am very eager to get to know your families and to promote a positive learning environment for your child/children. This is my twelfth year as a school counselor (11th year at Baltic), with my first year spent in Northern Minnesota. I love my career and I am looking forward to working with each and every one of you! Thank you for your support and please feel free to contact me if you have any questions, concerns, or suggestions and I would be happy to discuss those with you!
Dear Parents & Guardians,
It is exciting that another school year has just begun! I had a wonderful Summer with my family and am ready to start another fantastic year here with the Baltic School District. As previously, I will be your Kindergarten through Seventh Grade Counselor. I would like to share some of the initiatives my school counseling program has to offer during the 2020-2021 school year.
Each year, individual and small group services are available for students, as well as weekly classroom counseling. These services promote personal and social growth, which, in turn, raise academic standards. Students have the opportunity to seek out individual counseling services by coming to my office, sending me an email, or leaving me a note on my office door. Teachers and parents may also refer students to the counseling office. Parents, please feel free to contact me at any time if you feel that I can support your child through individual counseling or group counseling services. The discussions that I have with your child during individual sessions and/or group counseling sessions are confidential unless your child asks me to share information or if something he/she shares requires me to report due to a threat of harm to themselves or someone else.
Counseling groups are offered throughout the school year to provide additional services to children with common needs and goals. Students may be invited to a school counseling group to help strengthen both their individual skills and the overall groups skills and support. The goals of small group counseling are for students to build connectedness to a group and to build on skills that will strengthen their character. Referrals for small group counseling may be made via the individual student themselves, teachers, parents, or the School Counselor. If you feel that your child may benefit from either a small group or individual counseling, please feel free to contact me at any time throughout the school year. Groups are scheduled as similar needs arise. Common group topics may include the following: new students, lunch bunch groups, feelings management, school success, changing families, friendship, how to handle worries/stress, organization/study skills, deployment, social skills, grief/loss, relaxation/sensory.
Your child will see me in their classrooms at least once a week. Each month I will be teaching lessons to support social/emotional growth, academic growth, and career awareness. I have listed our school counseling themes for this school year below. Please make note that these general themes may change and be added to as the year goes on depending on the needs of the individual classroom environments.
This year, the Baltic School District has decided to utilize the Sanford Harmony Program in all K-5 classrooms. I will be implementing this program during my weekly classroom guidance lesson with your child/children's respective grade level classrooms. Please click on the link below if you would like more information on Sanford Harmony.
I value any insight and information that you wish to share with me. Please feel free to call me or email me at any time throughout the school year so I can help support your child. If you have any questions about school counseling services, please do not hesitate to contact me. I am excited to be working with you and your child/children this year.
Abby Danko, MS, NCC
Professional School Counselor
If you would like to contact me, you may either directly call or email me, or you may indirectly fill out the form below. Thank you!
Baltic School District
#1 Bulldog Avenue
Baltic, South Dakota 57003