Responsibilities of Middle School Counselors:
- Educational Assessments
- Monitor Student Achievement
- Curriculum Development
- Vocational and Career Awareness
- Attendance Concerns
- Group and Individual Counseling
Meeting with the Counselor:
Students may stop in the Counseling Center
Parents may request a conference with their child's counselor or a classroom teacher by calling...
- before homeroom
- during small group time
- after lunch
- after school
- with a pass from their teacher
Mrs. Epstein, Counseling Center Secretary at 686-3649.
Counseling Program Sketch:
- We meet with students in the Middle School Counseling Center on an individual or group basis.
- Groups will meet throughout the year focusing on concerns such as careers, getting along with teachers and parents, reviewing study skills, social skills, and school achievement.
- 5th and 6th grade counselors visit the classroom to teach Promoting Alternative Thinking Strategies or PATHS.
Knowing the Middle School Counselor:
- As a School Counselor, we assist students when learning about themselves and when answering these questions:
- What am I learning?
- Why am I learning it?
- How can I use it
We encourage students to speak with a counselor, when they:
- Feel lost
- Find school too hard
- Want to plan their futures
- Have questions about High School
- Feel no one understands them
- Need someone who will listen to them
- Need help in making decisions
- Want to feel better about themselves
- Want to search for realistic goals
- Need help in developing study habits
A counselor will seek out students to speak with them when they:
- Cannot keep their minds on their work
- Need to improve work habits
- Demonstrate inappropriate behavior
- Need to improve conflict resolution skills
- Need to review academic progress on a regular basis
- Requested by a teacher
"Hand In Hand, We Can Work It Out!" Peer Mediation is a way to resolve disputes . . . PEACEFULLY!
Mediation helps students work together to reach a mutual agreement. They are asked to come to mediation session and a follow-up meeting to insure that they are both living up to their shared solution.
Common Disputes Include:
Third Party Conflicts
"He said vs. She said,"
The role of the mediator is to help the disputants find a resolution to their disagreement by using negotiation skills. Well-trained student mediators assist disputants in a brainstorming process to help them solve their own problems. Peer mediators are always, good listeners, fair, non-judgmental, trustworthy, and respect the confidentiality of all parties involved in the dispute.