What is a middle school counselor’s role?
The middle school counselor’s role is focused on monitoring students growth across multiple domains during a time when they experience the most profound and swift changes. The counselor consults with teachers and support staff to assist student progress socially, emotionally and academically. Counselors facilitate many other transitions that occur during middle school and help students acquire the skills needed to effectively pass through this stage of development.
What do we do?
Guidance Counselors meet once a cycle with your child’s teachers (team) on a regular basis throughout the year. They review student’s progress and help problem solve when students are struggling. Counselors work with students in small groups and individually to facilitate a healthy understanding of themselves, and how to make good decisions. Students can make an appointment with their counselor by going to the guidance office before or after school. or during lunch.
Counselors meet with parents, students, teachers and specialists to respond to a variety of early adolescent issues. In the spring guidance counselors visit all elementary schools to gather information necessary to build teams & create a positive transition from 5th to 6th grade. This includes discussions with administration, teachers, and support staff. At the same time middle school guidance counselors meet with the high school counselors and department heads to facilitate the 8th grade transition.