Counselor's Corner

Harry S Truman Elementary


Dear Parents,

Welcome to Harry S Truman Elementary!  Let me introduce myself to you.  My name is Russell Ball and I am the School Counselor at both Harry S Truman Elementary and Bess Truman Primary Center.  This will be my sixth year working as a School Counselor.  Before that, I taught elementary music for fourteen years at both Harry S Truman and Bess Truman.

Each class will be having counseling class every other week.  Some of the topics we will be discussing will include how to get along with others, how to be a friend, responsibilities of being a great student and following our Cardinal Creed.  You will find a copy of our Cardinal Creed on the back of this page.

Individual counseling services are available for students so they have a safe and confidential environment to express their feelings and concerns.  When I work with students one-on-one, we may simply talk about what is on their mind or it can be more structured with activities or games that concentrate on areas of concern.  

On behalf of the Harry S Truman faculty and staff, we hope this will be an exciting year with lots of learning opportunities and fun activities for your child to feel successful.

If you ever have any questions, please feel free to give me a call at 673-6085 or I can be reached by email at

Looking forward to a Great Year!


Russell Ball, PSC
School Counselor, Truman Schools