Middle school is a time of constant transformation, with change and growth happening in social and family relationships, bodies, and perspectives. Every day brings increasing exposure to new opportunities and choices. Counseling services are accessed by student request or referral from teachers, administrators, or parents, and are free of charge.
Our guidance counselor is available to help students and their families navigate through life events, changes and challenges, as well as to help address barriers to learning and academic success. The counselor meets with every student in the first semester for a few minutes to identify academic and personal goals for the year. Through individual and group counseling, the counselor can aid with anger management, adjusting as a new student, coping with family changes, handling loss or death, making healthy choices, social skills, skills for managing stress, social conflicts and mediations, study and organizational skills, test and academic anxiety, strengthening self-esteem, processing disciplinary situations, and referrals to community programs.
Personal Development Class
The counselor also conducts prevention-based lessons on social and emotional life skills and healthy decision-making through a trimester-long personal development class called “The 'Tween/Teen Scene.” Sample topics are communication and conflict resolution skills, substance abuse education, stress management, and respect for diversity.
The counselor provides ongoing guidance to staff by collaborating with teachers and administrators on the implementation of effective classroom management, conducting staff training, and helping facilitate school-wide crisis response programming.
The counselor makes every effort to maintain regular communication with families through The Scoop, class newsletters, and by conducting Parent Education sessions.