Support is available to our students & parents


         Sadly, we are often faced with tragedies or crises, whether national, local, or personal, that directly or indirectly affect students, faculty, staff and their families.  As a district, we realize that everyone approaches and handles grief or crises in different ways.  While respecting those who wish to handle their feelings privately, we want to extend a helping hand to assist those who may want and/or need some support.  Please feel free to call any of the professionals listed below if you would like support for you and/or your child during any difficult time you may encounter.  

    Mrs. Peggy Montgomery
    Townsend Elementary K-5
    Hazelwood School District

    6645 Parker Rd.
    Florissant, MO  63033  
    Direct: 314-953-4809  | Fax: 314-953-4813   

    Mr. Steven Weeks, Hazelwood/Townsend Social Worker:           

    314-953-4800           sweeks@hazelwoodschools.org


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    About Our New “CHOOSE LOVE” Professional School Counselor Curriculum


    Learning to choose love even when life is difficult will change your life.

    Learning to choose love even when life is difficult will change your life for the better and the lives of those around you.

    Social and emotional learning (SEL) is a way to teach children and adults how to understand and manage their emotions. It helps people make good decisions and work towards positive goals while caring for and nurturing the relationships around them.

    A Simple 4-Part Formula

    Choose Love Movement’s next-generation SEL programming is built upon a simple formula: courage, plus gratitude, plus forgiveness, plus compassion in action equals Choosing Love.

    When learned and practiced daily, these character values transform you, your relationships with others, and create a ripple effect of happiness, health and productivity throughout your school, home and community.

    And the best news is that, once you’ve learned them, you will have them in your tool belt for the rest of your life.


    Courage is the willingness and ability to work through obstacles despite feeling embarrassment, fear, reluctance, or uncertainty.


    Gratitude is mindful thankfulness and the ability to be thankful even when things in life are challenging.


    Forgiveness means choosing to let go of anger and resentment toward yourself or someone else, to surrender thoughts of revenge, and to move forward with your personal power intact.


    Compassion is the understanding of a problem or the suffering of another and acting to solve the problem or alleviate the suffering. 


    How Choosing Love Changes You

    • Less anxiety and stress
    • Less fearful (in the present and future)
    • Enhanced self-esteem
    • Improved ability to express oneself and one’s feelings
    • Increased self-awareness
    • Willingness to try difficult tasks

    • Positive attitude towards self and others
    • Improved attitude about school and learning
    • Showing appreciation and kindness towards self and others
    • Increased mindfulness
    • Ability to see other perspectives and show empathy

    • Healthier relationships and deeper connections
    • Better emotional self-regulation
    • Less aggression and anger
    • Better able to handle personal/social issues that arise
    • Improved resilience
    • Improved decision-making skills
    • Heightened self-management

    Compassion in Action
    • Enhanced connections and relationships
    • Able to respond in a loving manner
    • More caring and concern shown to others
    • Improved social skills
    • Social and Moral Awareness

    Katie Walker is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and Trauma Therapist from Arkansas. Katie runs a business called Grow and Guide Kids whose mission is to provide parents and teachers with practical solutions they can use in their homes and classrooms.

    Katie’s Brain Builder video series was custom made for Choose Love, and is included in each one of our Choose Love For Schools programs.

         A Message for Parents:

    How To Survive This Upcoming School Year



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