Poplar Grove Elementary focuses on four main character traits: KINDNESS, RESPECT, HONESTY, and RESPONSIBILITY. Each quarter of school, students will learn and strive to exemplify these character traits. 


It is the mission of the school counseling program at Poplar Grove Elementary to work collaboratively with faculty/staff, students, families, and community members to help meet the academic, personal/social and career preparation needs of ALL students.   It is our hope that by following the State of Tennessee standards, all students will be academically prepared, well-adjusted members of society, lifelong learners, and productive citizens.

The following principles of the Tennessee Comprehensive School Counseling Program* guide the curriculum, mission, activities, and overall focus of the Poplar Grove school counseling program.

Guiding Principles

  1. All students* can achieve.
  2. All students* have dignity and worth.
  3. All students* need, deserve and must be provided with a quality education.
  4. All students* need, deserve and must be provided with the support and guidance of caring, knowledgeable and skilled adults throughout their educational experience in order to ensure success.
  5. Quality comprehensive school counseling programs are vital to the overall success of all students*, schools and communities.

[*Regardless of race, gender, ethnicity, cultural background, sexual orientation, disability, socio-economic status, learning ability level or language]

keith welch

Keith Welch,  School Counselor

Mercy Counselors

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The Franklin Special School District has a collaborative partnership with Mercy Community Healthcare to offer clinical therapy in all of the FSSD schools. This approach eliminates transportation and time-related barriers for children to receive services, with parent permission/referral. 

The approach is unique and integrative, as the Mercy therapists are able to meet with the child at the school during the school day. The therapist are often able to accommodate the demands of the academic day, by seeing children during their related arts classes or during lunch.

Mercy's highly trained and licensed therapists provide a spectrum of interventions from Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), play based, Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA), somatic experiencing sessions, art therapy and Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT).

They offer individual, group and family counseling, depending on the need. Because the therapists are in the school buildings, they are able to meet the social and emotional needs of their clients within their comfort zone, and foster a safe, loving and nurturing environment. With permission, the Mercy therapists can also provide integrative services and continuation of care, by collaborating with other providers and team members to create “wrap-around” services and support maximum growth.