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  • Colorado Crisis Chat - click here

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If you need support, please reach out to your teacher or counselor directly.  Additional information can be found on the Platt/CHOICE Home Learning Website

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 Counselor Assignments

​2019-20 School Year

  • 6th Grade Counselor: Bryant Strause
  • 7th Grade Counselor: Dawn Suitts
  • 8th Grade Counselor: Dawn Suitts
  • CHOICE Counselor: Bryant Strause


For any school or personal issues, please contact the student's counselor listed above by grade level via email or by stopping in the Counseling Office.

Beginning of School Year Information
The start of school brings about all types of feeling for students, excitement, anticipation,nervous,  sad that summer is ending, and the list goes on. If your student is feeling anxious, this article has some very good information for helping your student(s) have an easier transition  to coming back to school Understood . Your friendly counselors can't wait to see them!!! 

 A Note From Your Counselors

As counselors, we wear many different hats.  
  • We are members of the grade level teacher teams of the students on our case load. We start with a 6th grade class and we remain those student's counselor for the 3 years they are at Platt. 
  • We are members of the administrative team, which is comprised of the Principal, the Assistant Principal and the two Counselors.  
  • We are a member of the Team Leaders Committee as well as the School Advisory Committee (SAC). 
  • We are advisors to the Platt Parent Engagement Network (PEN).
  • We head up the Platt programs/groups: Sources of Strength (Dawn Suitts) and No Place for Hate Allies (Bryant Strause)
When we work with students we provide one on one counseling to support mental health, social and emotional well being, conflict resolution, and academic support.  We also run a variety of small counseling groups that are focused around topics such as friendship and forming healthy social connections, study and organizational skills, family change, grief and loss, stress management and anxiety. 



Suittshttps://npm.bvsd.org/About/directory/profiles/Pages/Suitts.aspxhttps://npm.bvsd.org/About/directory/profiles/Pages/Suitts.aspx{3b2afcc2-777a-40b3-91b4-f3347b27b938}SuittsDawn7th & 8th Grade Counselor720-561-6861dawn.suitts@bvsd.orghttps://npm.bvsd.org/academics/counseling/Pages/default.aspx, Platt Counseling Website
Finneyhttps://npm.bvsd.org/About/directory/profiles/Pages/Gina-Finney.aspxhttps://npm.bvsd.org/About/directory/profiles/Pages/Gina-Finney.aspx{3b2afcc2-777a-40b3-91b4-f3347b27b938}FinneyGinaRegistrar & Counseling Assistant720-561-6803gina.finney@bvsd.orghttps://npm.bvsd.org/academics/counseling/Pages/default.aspx, Platt Counseling Website
Strausehttps://npm.bvsd.org/About/directory/profiles/Pages/Strause.aspxhttps://npm.bvsd.org/About/directory/profiles/Pages/Strause.aspx{3b2afcc2-777a-40b3-91b4-f3347b27b938}StrauseBryant6th Grade & CHOICE Counselor720-561-6845bryant.strause@bvsd.orghttps://npm.bvsd.org/academics/counseling/Pages/default.aspx, Platt Counseling Website

​PACK Promise

Pride ~ Accountable ~ Challenge ~ Kindness

When I agree to the PACK Promise, I am promising to commit to a legacy of kindness and respect in my school.  I will practice empathy and try to understand and repect people's struggles.  I will include all people, and not jump to conclusion about anybody before I know who they are.  I will be kind and help those in need, no matter their gender, race, sexual orientation, body shape, or (dis)abitility.  I will respect others and their preference and wants.  I will acknowledge that spreading rumors is painful, and will work to extinguish them.  I will persevere in challenges, put my full self into my work, and take pride and confidence in myself and my work.  I will own up to mistakes and not tell lies.  Taking this oath, i will promise to do my best to follow these morals thoughout my years at Platt and into the future.

Platt’s PACK Promise.pdf

Sources of Strength

​Sources of Strength (SoS) is a peer leadership program whose goal is to prevent suicide by increasing help seeking behaviors  and promoting connections between caring adults and peers.  The eight identified Sources of Strength are:

  • Positive Friends
  • Access to Mental Health Care
  • Access to Medical Care
  • Family Support
  • Mentors
  • Healthy Activities
  • Generosity
  • Spirituality - gratitude, generosity,  and acknowledgements


Sources of Strength Week:  February 25 - March 1, 2019

  • Monday: Students write acknowledgments in LA classes on paper hearts.  These hearts will be hung in the hallways later in the week.
  • Tuesday: Represent your Healthy Activity Day by dressing up in one of your favorite activities or passions.
  • Wednesday: Team buiding day in PACK/CO-OP... more details in the classroom.
  • Thursday: Music Day.  Music will be played between each passing period.
  • Friday: SoS PEP Community Building Assembly


Parents can help out by talking with your student about what their Sources of Strength (SoS) are that they can call upon when feeling anxious, sad, or angry.  It's great to share yours with them too. 

No Place For Hate (NPFH)

No Place for Hate is a self-directed program helping all of the stakeholders take the lead on improving and maintaining school climate so all students can thrive. To be designated No Place for Hate, a school must complete the following:

  • Formation of a No Place for Hate committee
  • Signing of the Resolution of Respect
  • One A WORLD OF DIFFERENCE® Institute anti-bias or bullying prevention training program (there were 30 students trained at Platt this year )
  • Design and implementation of three school-wide anti-bias or bullying prevention activities


Upon completion of the required program components, schools receive a No Place for Hate banner that can be proudly displayed in the school.