CMS Counseling Center

  • Helping Students Plan for the Future

    Kimberly Nichols, Counselor - Grade 6
    Grade 5: Mr. Wasner & Mrs. Cieplinski
    716-686-3650, kcoates@ccsd-k12.net
    Google Voice: 607-414-2268 (9am-3pm)
     
    Melissa Goc, Counselor - Grade 7
    Grade 5: Mrs. Musialowski & Mr. Skierczynski
    716-686-3651, mgoc@ccsd-k12.net
    Google Voice: 716-508-0243 (9am-3pm)
     
    Lauren Smith, Counselor - Grades 8
    Grade 5: Mrs. Conrad & Mrs. Riddoch
    716-686-3652, lmohn@ccsd-k12.net 
    Google Voice: 716-800-1638 (9am-3pm)
     
    Nancy Kean, Social Worker
    nkean@ccsd-k12.net716-686-3653 
    Google Voice: 716-771-2799 (9am-3pm)
     
    Katie Boutot, School Psychologist
    kboutot@ccsd-k12.net, 716-686-3654
      
    Jackie Formato, Secretary
    jformato@ccsd-k12.net716-686-3649
  • 2020 CCMS VIRTUAL CAREER FAIR

    The MS Counseling Center is thrilled to share with you this year's Virtual Career Fair! We have had much success in the past bringing career presenters to the middle school so we wanted to continue that initiative through distance learning this year. A unique feature of this year's career fair is that we focused on professionals that hold ESSENTIAL jobs during the COVID-19 pandemic. In addition, a lot of the presentors are CCSD alumni! You will see the link below to access our google slides presentation to enjoy at home with your children and family. Here are some simple directions to follow to get the most out of the presentation:

    1. When you open the Google Slides document, click PRESENT in the top right corner. This will allow you to access the links for presentor videos.

    2. START by watching the video on the first slide. This will give you further directions to get the most out of the career fair.

    3. Video links are located near the WARRIOR SPEAR icons on each page. If it does not work with the first click, you may have to click in various spots on each specific icon to access the video that you want as the icons can be touchy. 

    4. Enjoy and get INSPIRED by these professionals that took their own time to share their jobs with you! :)

                 CCMS Virtual Career Fair

    Virtual Career Fair picture that features Bitmoji's of the middle school counseling center

  • Responsibilities of Middle School Counselors:

    • Educational Assessments
    • Monitor Student Achievement
    • Orientation
    • Curriculum Development
    • Consulting
    • Registration
    • Vocational and Career Awareness
    • Attendance Concerns
    • Group and Individual Counseling
    • Scheduling

    Students may stop in the Counseling Center to meet with counselor:

    • before homeroom
    • during small group time
    • after lunch
    • after school
    • with a pass from their teacher
    Parents may request a conference with their child's counselor or a classroom teacher by calling Mrs. Formato, 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.
    • Counselors visit the classroom to teach lessons on Social and Emotional Learning (SEL) through Random Acts of Kindness and CHOICES 360 curriculums. 

    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

     

  • Peer Mediation

    "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:

    Misunderstandings

    Name Calling

    Bullying

    Teasing/Harassment

    Gossip

    False Accusations

    Boyfriend-Girlfriend Conflicts

    Friend-to-Friend Arguments

    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.