School Counselor

Welcome to Mrs. Lauren Crance's School Counseling Webpage. Here you will find helpful information to make your school year a success!

What is School Counseling?
"Young people are living in an exciting time, with an increasingly diverse society, new technologies and expanding opportunities. To help ensure that they are prepared to become the next generation of parents, workers, leaders and citizens, every student needs support, guidance and opportunities during childhood, a time of rapid growth and change. Children face unique and diverse challenges, both personally and developmentally, that have an impact on academic achievement." ASCA

Implementation of the Counseling Program by:
• Providing Academic Support
• Career Awareness
• Individual Student Planning
• Individual or Group Counseling
• Outside Referrals
• Consultation, Collaboration and Teaming
• Character Education Classes
IEP and 504 Plan Implementation

Contact Information
Mrs. Lauren Crance
Stella Niagara Education Park
4421 Lower River Road Stella
Niagara, NY 14144
(716) 754-4314

Link to Mrs. Crance's Webpage

After School Activities

The after school activities at Stella Niagara Education Park strives to provide students with opportunities and experiences outside the classroom that develop and encourage individual talents and abilities, as well as offer enriching activities and new experiences that foster growth and development.

Each semester all students have the opportunity to join the after-school clubs moderated by the teachers at SNEP. Typically, there are 4-7 clubs from Monday to Friday across all grade levels. 

In September and December parents receive a booklet describing each club with registration forms and deadlines.

Extended Care

Stella Niagara Education Park offers extended care for students from 3:00 to 5:00 p.m. daily on days the school is in full session. This program is a semi-structured environment that includes crafts, games, playground/gym activities (weather permitting), and quiet time for reading or homework. Daily snacks are offered to each student. An hourly fee is assessed for the Extended Care Program and is paid weekly to the supervisor of the program.

Guidelines stating the specifics of the Extended Care Program and procedures for registering, student pick-up, payment and emergency information are published in the annual mailing at the beginning of the school year. Parents interested in more information should contact the school office.

Stella G.R.O.W.S

The Stella Niagara G.R.O.W.S. (Growing and Reaping Outdoors With Students) Project aims to fortify the academic curriculum by providing our students with the opportunity to directly participate in growing a garden. Our garden, which is exactly 105 feet by 20 feet, is located in the Northeast corner of our property. Each grade, from the Montessori pre-k program all the way up through 8th grade, works with a partner grade or teacher in growing a variety of herbs, vegetables, fruits, flowers, and dye plants. These teams also actively plant, water, weed, maintain, and harvest our crops. The project is coordinated by a committee of teachers who organize planting, maintenance, and harvesting activities.

The Stella G.R.O.W.S. Project merges with the curriculum in many ways. Science connections involve plant growth and why fruits and vegetables are a good source of nutrition. Social Studies connects through studying how various conditions such as labor, weather conditions, and materials affect annual yield, and consequently supply and demand. Math classes use the garden for statistics, graphing, and making predictions.  The reading curriculum benefits from this project as the children read about their plants, and write about their experiences. Even cultural connections are made including using plants as dye in Art to using produce as ingredients for salsa, made fresh by the students in Spanish classes.

Our garden is comprised of a permanently planted section and an annual planting area. The permanent garden includes roses, various perennial plants, herbs, strawberries, and two rows of grape vines. Selected flowers and roots will become dye and plant-based fiber for art projects. Herbs and aromatic flowers are used for making sachets. We also use flowers to make floral arrangements for religious services held in the Fall and Spring.

In the annual section, we grow ingredients required for making food such as tomato sauce and salsa. We have also grown peas, beans, pumpkins, and sunflowers.