The mission of the Middle School guidance counseling program is to provide educational and emotional support for our students as they transition from elementary to high school.
Our main focus is on the individual student’s success academically, socially, and emotionally. For those in need, we discuss how to improve classroom performance, enhance self-esteem, relate better to others, handle peer pressure, deal with loss through death or divorce, handle stress, deal with bullying, improve time management skills, and assist students in making healthy choices. Counselors are assigned a grade and stay with that class their three years in the Middle School. This enables the counselor, students, and parents the opportunity to be well acquainted with each other.
The counselors’ days’ activities and responsibilities are many and varied: from attending parent/teacher conferences to teaching classroom guidance lessons to facilitating groups to organizing orientation sessions, testing, and career activities to individually counseling students on a daily basis for academic or personal concerns. For these reasons, it is highly recommended that parents call in advance for an appointment to see their child’s counselor.
Referrals for services come either from the students themselves, other students, parents, teachers, or administrators. When appropriate, counselors may refer students to outside agencies for additional counseling. Also, all counselors are members of the Middle School’s Student Assistance Team.