• Welcome:

    Welcome to my webpage!  My name is Trent Bashline.  I am the school counselor at Perry.  On my web page, you will find links to various services I offer to all students at Perry.  I do not have a specific classroom of students to teach, but rather am responsible for assisting all students in meeting their academic, social, emotional and career needs.   I adhere closely to the American School Counseling Association (ASCA) model for school counseling and base my services out of these guidelines.  Because of the numerous student needs, I offer small group interventions, classroom interventions and individual counseling sessions.  I am also responsible for the coordination of many programs at Perry.  These include the Olweus Bullying Prevention Program, BEST, and Recess Class.   In addition, I also serve on numerous committees in the building including Olweus, Great Perry Students (GPS), and the Safety Committee.  

    In addition to the afore mentioned, I also am the liaison between home and school issues.  If your child is struggling academically, emotionally and/or behaviorally, please contact me so we can discuss the appropriate steps to take.

    Contact info: 

    Work phone number: 874-6488

    Email address: tbashline@eriesd.org

    Links For Small Groups: All groups meet during student lunch periods.  Most of my groups include a homework slip to help enhance the home/school connection.  If students bring back that homework slip signed each week, they earn an extra prize out of my bin. (Please Note that all groups meet during student lunch periods and other groups could be started if the need arises):

    Inattention/Impulsivity:  If your child has a difficult time focusing in class, has problems with organization and has a difficult time managing their feelings, they may be appropriate for this group.  There is a component where we focus on anger management.  I offer this group for students in grades 1-5. 

    Test Anxiety Management:  If your child has had problems with nervousness and general anxiety they may be appropriate for this group.  I teach skills such as deep breathing, imagery and various other researched test anxiety management strategies.  We also discuss homework, study skills and work ethic in this group. I typically offer this group to grades 4 and 5. 

    Self-Esteem:  If you feel your child has a poor self image or just otherwise does not feel very happy about who they are, they may be appropriate for this group.  I provide a lot of opportunities in this group for autonomy to allow the students to feel like they are being successful which ultimately helps to enhance self-esteem.  This group is offered to all grade levels.

    Attendance group: These groups will begin in the second quarter and will be offered to students who have 10 or more absences.  We will discuss the importance of coming to school, confidence, and making friends.  This group will have a special component called Cupcakes with the Counselor, where students and their parent will be invited into the school to discuss the importance of the child coming daily.   

     Link for Classroom Lessons:

    This is one of the most important interventions and gives me the opportunity to meet and get to know every student.  I push into every classroom at least one time per month.  My lessons are sequential (they build off of each other from year to year). Here are the year's classroom lessons we will be focusing on based on ASCA and PA Career/Education and Work Standards:


    Identify feelings in appropriate ways

    Responsibility for choices and actions

    Listening and effective communication

    Identifying the adults in the building to help with problems

    Identifying when a social situation requires adult intervention, including the difference between tattling and a responsible concern

    Empathy development


    First Grade:

    Continue to identify how to express feelings appropriately

    Assertive communication through "I messages"

    Continued empathy development

    Identify different ways to solve social problems/conflict resolution

    Learning how to make and keep friends

    Identifying how to work cooperatively with others


    Second Grade:

    Continue with empathy development-Different points of view and respecting people's individual differences

    Continue with conflict resolution

    Identify how perseverance is necessary for academic ad personal success

    Identify that mistakes are essential to learning-Ways to deal with mistakes

    Study Skills at the 2nd grade level



    Third Grade:

    Continue with empathy development-individual and cultural differences

    Decision making using a problem solving model

    Study Skills at the 3rd grade level

    Stress Management

    Career Exploration-How School Subjects relate to jobs, Begin a career portfolio, Identify school careers associated with career success


    Fourth Grade:

    Continued communication skill development

    Continued working together cooperatively in a group

    Study Skills at the 4th grade level

    Stress Management

    Coping with Peer Pressure

    Goal Setting at the 4th grade level


    Fifth Grade:

    Using Cognitive Behavioral Therapy to be more successful at school

    Goal Setting at the 5th grade level

    Study Skills at the 5th grade level

    Review of conflict resolution strategies

    Stress Management focusing on cognitive restructuring

    Career Exploration: How Goals relate to jobs, interest inventories, adding to a career portfolio, focus on resume writing



    Link for Individual Counseling:

    If you feel your child needs additional help working through a personal, familial or academic issue, I can provide some brief one on one counseling.   If I believe your child is experiencing an issue that requires in-depth counseling, I will contact you to make outside referrals.  If you want your child to receive one on one counseling, please let me know.




    Olweus Bullying Prevention Program: This is our school wide program focusing on 4 anti bullying rules: We will not bully others.  We will help those who are bullied.  We will include other students.  If we see someone being bullied we will tell an adult at home and an adult at school.  Teachers are required to teach lessons on anti-bullying topics in their classrooms and consequences are immediate for those students who engage in bullying.  I have five year's worth of anti-bullying data for our school.  The data indicates that bullying as a whole has decreased during that time and the students feel more comfortable taking bullying issues to staff.   The committee meets once monthly to discuss these issues. Bi-monthly theme weeks are also built into the program where the whole school participates in the same activity.  Contact me if you want to know the year's theme weeks.


    Building and Educational Support Team (BEST): This is a committee consisting of myself and several teachers.  We meet every Tuesday based on the referrals we get from teachers of those students struggling academically and/or behaviorally.  It is then the job of the committee to indentify an intervention plan that will be put into place for that student.  I always contact the parents shortly after to discuss the intervention plan.  


    Recess Class:  This is an intervention I provide to all kindergarten and first grade students, and other students in the building based on referral.  Recess Class meets every odd day at 10:30 this year, usually in the gym.  It is not an extra recess period.  We focus on appropriate ways to play with others both in gym and on the playground. Students learn about personal space, taking turns and taking a time out when angry.  


    GPS: I mentioned I serve on this committee and maintain all the data for the program.


    Honor Roll and Perfect Attendance: At the end of every quarter, we identify all students in grades 1-5 who had straight A's and/or B's on their report card.  We also identify all those students in grades K-5 who had perfect attendance.  All students who qualified for either one, will earn a special certificate, pencil, and this year, will have their name displayed on the wall outside my office. 


    Peer Mediation: Every year, I train students on how to successfully mediate issues between their peers.  When issues arise, these students are then called upon to help those students resolve those issues.  Students in 4th and 5th grade are trained each year.  only students in 4th and 5th grade can be trained as peer mediators.


    PASS: Perry Admirals Student Success-This is a new after school tutoring program this year.  Students in 5th grade are selected based on grades/attendance/behavior and will rotate days that they are able to stay after school.  Those students will then help students in primary grades complete their homework, study for tests, etc.   Each student in this program MUST have a permission slip on file in my office.  For more information about this program, please contact me.