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Middle School Counseling

School counselors, teachers and parents must be available to support pre-adolescents and adolescents not only during times of academic change, but through emotional, social and physical changes as well. Counselors, in particular, play an important role in shaping individual success via academic and career guidance to overcoming emotional challenges, by promoting a supportive learning environments that cater to academic, social and emotional intervention programs (Turner, 2007).

Counseling
The Middle School counselor is responsible for working with all students individually and in group settings to help them succeed at the Middle School. If a student has a challenge, or feels uncertain about some aspect of the Middle School that teachers cannot resolve, the counselor may be consulted. In addition, The Middle School Counselor invites students and parents to discuss educational concerns, scheduling and testing, follows up on progress reports, quarter and semester reports, and students who are ineligible for co-curricular activities due to their grades or on probation. Students may make appointments with the Office of Student Affairs Administrative Assistant for an appropriate time. Parents may telephone 639-3200, extension 226, 261 or 228 to arrange for conferences.

Counseling Psychologist
Available through the Wellness Center, a Counseling Psychologist is prepared to assist students with social-emotional issues (more extensive counseling) as they arise and to help students develop optimal coping strategies. The Counseling Psychologist also serves as chair of the K-12 Child Study Team.

Below are some of the major changes that adolescents face while transitioning into Middle School.

  • Different teacher for every subject - Each student has eight separate classes with a different teacher in each separate class, or block.
  • 65-minute class blocks - Five classes are taught a day in a rotating schedule, with the increased time allowing for more intensive discussions and focused classwork. Classes number from 1 to 8, with each class/subject meeting 3 times a week.
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  • Lockers - Students having their own personal storage area helps them become more organized by arranging their books, supplies and schoolwork.
  • Tardies – Students are expected to be in class and ready to work before the bell rings.  The breaks in between blocks allow plenty of time for students to go to their locker, briefly socialize, and be on time to each class.
  • Homework -  Middle School students will face a larger workload for both Homework and Classwork in comparison to the Elementary School. The average time should be expected to be anywhere from 1-2 hours. 
  • Sports, Activities, Dances – Extra-curricular life is an important part of the Middle School years.  To help them develop both socially and physically, please encourage your child to participate in many extra-curricular school activities.

To assist students during these changes in their lives counselors are available and aim to provide support, guidance and care to all new students entering our learning community. From the beginning of the year and all throughout, examples of activities to assist our students transitioning into the new school environment include: New Student Buddy Program, Salutation programs, Individual Student Sessions, Teacher and Parent Sessions, and Step Up Day.

Weekly Advisory Session classes during our Wednesday X-block sessions.