Superintendent's Memo #014-09

State seal, Commonwealth of Virginia

Department of Education

January 23, 2009
TO: Division Superintendents
FROM: Patricia I. Wright, Superintendent of Public Instruction

SUBJECT: National School Counselor Appreciation Week February 2-6, 2009

The Virginia Department of Education would like to recognize professional school counselors during the week of February 2 - 6, 2009, as we celebrate National School Counselor Appreciation Week. This week highlights the tremendous impact that school counselors have in helping students achieve success in school and to develop vocational and postsecondary plans. It also provides an opportunity to celebrate the unique contributions of school counselors in Virginia.

School counselors are recognized for the many services they provide to students, teachers, parents, and administrators. Our school counselor’s work diligently to help students excel, and their hard work is essential to the success of our schools. They play a vital role in the educational process of all students in the Commonwealth.

Division superintendents are encouraged to join the Department of Education in recognizing Virginia school counselors for their dedication to students’ educational success.

Should you have any questions, please contact Joseph Wharff, school counseling connections specialist, Office of Career and Technical Education, via e-mail at, or by telephone at 804-225-3370.