Buckeye Local Schools
3044 Columbia Rd.
Medina, Ohio 44256


Elementary Guidance

Welcome to the Buckeye Elementary Guidance Website

Victoria Ludwig - Primary Guidance Counselor     X4144   vludwig@buckeyeschools.org  

Jen Wish  - Intermediate Guidance Counselor            X4344  jwish@buckeyeschools.org 

 Our job is to help all students with issues that may be affecting their academics, career (future), and personal/social interactions.  This is achieved through individual, group and classroom based counseling services.  If you would like to learn more about the counseling services that are available, please click on one of the links.  If you have other questions or concerns, please feel free to contact one of us at the contact information listed above. 

Individual Counseling

Individual counseling is a service offered to all students.  This means that students are able to meet one-on-one with a counselor to discuss issues that may be affecting them at school.  Topics are based on the needs of the student and may include: feelings, changing families, peer pressure, friends, stress, academics, social skills, bullying, getting along with others, problem solving, and decision making. Students can meet with us individually to discuss issues in a safe, positive, and confidential setting. Typically, students work out their problems within 1 - 3 sessions, although some students may need ongoing support or community interventions. Referrals for counseling can be made by teachers, parents, or students. Students can self-refer by completing a referral slip and turning it into their homeroom teacher. These forms are available in the school office and in each classroom. As a parent, you may always call to request individual services for your child. 

Small Group Counseling

Small counseling groups are formed as needed throughout the school year. The purpose of small group counseling is to provide a safe environment for students with similar needs to connect.  It allows for skill building, modeling, and practicing self-expression in a controlled environment.  Groups will typically consist of 5-7 students that meet for 30 minutes once per week for a period of 6 to 8 weeks.  Possible topics include social skills, friendship, better choices, anger management, self-esteem, family transitions, and coping skills.

** In order for a student to participate in small group counseling, a permission form must be signed by his or her parent/guardian **

Classroom-Based Counseling

Classroom Guidance sessions will take place periodically throughout the school-year. These lessons will focus on specific issues that may be positively or negatively impacting the learning in the classroom/school. Topics will primarily focus on the OLWEUS Bullying Program adopted by our school district but may also include other school success topics such as: how to make and keep friends, conflict resolution, study skills, test taking prep, personal hygiene and self-care, handling and managing our emotions, stranger danger, goal setting, and careers.

School-wide Programs

At Buckeye Elementary, we have many school-wide programs/activities to reinforce the importance of our Buckeye Basics: Be Respectful, Be Responsible, and Be a Problem-Solver. Here are just a few........

  • Star Student
  • Project Care
  • Red Ribbon Week Activities
  • OLWEUS Bullying Program
  • Thanksgiving Food Drive

For more information, check out the school newsletter which can be viewed on the home page.

Parent/Teacher Consultation

Buckeye Local Schools has adopted the RTI or Response to Intervention model which facilitates discussion and Intervention that leads to students’ academic and social/emotional success. The elementary counselor is an integral part of the RTI process, and consults with teachers and parents on a regular basis.


Each school year, our students are tested several times to check for progress.  Much of the testing is done on a one-to-one basis by the classroom teacher.  The information gathered by the classroom teacher is then used to further direct the student’s education.  If a student starts to fall behind, generally in Reading or Math, their progress is monitored more often. 

Standardized testing is required by the Ohio Department of Education (ODE).  All kindergarten students must take the Kindergarten Readiness Assessment (KRA).  This gives the teacher knowledge about how a student is progressing as they begin their education.

In addition, following the Buckeye Local School District's Gifted Identification and Service Plan, the district ensures that there are appropriate scheduling procedures for the identification of gifted students.  Two whole-grade gifted identification assessment opportunities are offered in grade 2 and in grade 4. We use the IOWA Test of Basic Skills and the Cognitive Abilities Test for this purpose.

ODE also requires all students in grades three through eight to take the Ohio's State Tests in English/Language Arts (ELA), Mathematics, Science, and Social Studies in the 2015-2016 school-year.

Which Tests will be given for what grade level?


English and Language Arts



Social Studies

Grade 3





Grade 4





Grade 5





Grade 6





For more information and to download practice tests, please go to www.education.ohio.gov and follow the links to the testing pages.