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Contact Information

Kathie Ketcham

Work: (949) 234-5976


Days: 2nd/4th M, T, F.

Hours: 7:30 am-3:00 pm

Exceptions to Confidentiality
Exceptions to Confidentiality
Welcome to the School Counseling Office!

Hello Castille Families! Welcome to the 2019-2020 school year. I hope you had a wonderful and restful summer. I'm looking forward to a great year with you. As your  school counselor, I'm here to work with ALL students and am here to assist you and your child in any way I can. This is my 8th year in school counseling and my 4th year at Castille. As I have in the past, I'll be going into all classrooms and teaching Second Step lessons. These lessons occur monthly in K-5 classrooms. More information can be found on my main page. I'll also be delivering other guidance lesson topics as needed. I'll be running small intervention groups based on various topics, providing individual counseling and outside community resource referrals as needed.  I hope to bring another career day this year with college and career related activities for all students. Olive Crest will be providing our parenting workshops this year. Please contact  me or stop by with any questions you may have. I look forward to meeting you! Let's have a great year!

Your Counselor

Summer Resources
Summer Resources

           Online Referral Forms

Tips during Covid-19
Mental Health
Multi-tiered System of Support


School counselors provide a multi-tiered system of support that is data driven and evaluated. 


Tier 1: Core Curriculum- Classroom lessons (All Students)

Tier 2: Intentional Guidance- Small group counseling (some students)

Tier 3: Individual Interventions- individual counseling and outside referrals (few students)

About Second Step

The elementary years bring exciting new challenges and opportunities. It’s the prime time to nurture social and emotional awareness and skills for learning. The research-based Second Step program includes everything needed to make it easy for teachers to integrate social-emotional learning into their classrooms, which decreases problem behaviors and increases whole-school success by promoting self-regulation, safety, and support." Second Step Website

Second Step will be taught monthly in K-5 classrooms. 

The schedule will be posted as it becomes available.

  • Kindergarten: SSPK FAMI LY70
  • 1st Grade: SSPI FAMI LY71
  • 2nd Grade: SSP2 FAMI LY72
  • 3rd Grade: SSP3 FAMI LY73
  • 4th Grade: SSP4 FAMI LY74
  • 5th Grade: SSP5 FAMI LY75


CUSD Elementary School Counseling Program

Belief Statement

I believe in:

Equal educational access for all students, that respects the different learning styles of individuals.

The importance of our students' successful development in all three areas: academic, career and personal/social.

Accountability within the school counseling program and within our school that we are working to support and meet our goals for student achievement.

A safe environment that fosters respect and understanding.

Vision Statement

The Capistrano Unified School District School Counseling Program strives to provide opportunities so that every student will acquire the social-emotional, academic, and career skills to reach their fullest educational potential and successfully manage their lives as healthy, responsible, competent and productive citizens who respect themselves and others.

Mission Statement

The mission of Capistrano Unified School District School Counselors is to provide a comprehensive counseling program that supports the whole child. School Counselors will focus on the needs, interests and issues related to social-emotional, academic, and career development of all students through a multi-tiered system of support. School Counselors will advocate, collaborate and facilitate actions that promote a positive school climate, provide an opportunity for all students to access their education and achieve personal and academic success to meet the challenges of a rapidly changing world.

Suicide Hotline
Suicide Hotline
Second Step Social Emotional Learning Curriculum

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