COUNSELORS 744-1600 ext. 6028
Courtney Honan —E-mail
Guidance services are an integral part of the school
program. Counselors serve as liaison persons for parents
and students with teachers and administrators.
Middle School counseling is also a unique opportunity
to guide early adolescent students through challenging
years of development. We are excited to have this opportunity
to assist in the educational development of your child
as a component of the student/school/home team.
DOES A COUNSELOR DO?
As guidance counselors we provide various services to
students and parents including:
- Promoting positive self-esteem and attitudes throughout
the student body
- Aiding teachers and parents in helping students achieve
their highest potential
- Assisting students with concerns and issues that are
related to the natural process of “growing up!”
- Coordinating the efforts of other school specialists
such as teachers, school psychologists, etc.
- Providing a safe environment for students where they
can express their concerns
RESOURCES FOR PARENTS
Second Step Violence Prevention. The award-winning Second
Step program teaches social and emotional skills for violence
prevention. The program includes research-based, teacher-friendly
curricula, training for educators, and parent-education
Direct Marketing Association offers information for parents
on how to talk to children about protecting their privacy
This site provides information on filtering software and
recommends safe sites for children of all ages.
www.icra.org - This
site of the Internet Content Rating Association contains
information and downloads on the content rating system.
Pinchbeck’s Homework Helper from DiscoverySchool.com
ARE MIDDLE SCHOOLERS LIKE?
(Available in Spanish)
As children grow, they begin to experience
physical, intellectual, and emotional changes. The way they learn,
feel, see the world, and relate to other people becomes different
from when they were younger. These changes, along with demands from
present-day society and peer pressure, create conflicts and tension
in the adolescent, which are reflected in their behavior in school
and at home.
Young people at this age show a good
number of contradictions and conflicts, which is normal. There is
no "model" adolescent. All young persons are individuals with strong
and weak points and with positive and negative qualities. There are
some common characteristics that should be kept in mind in order
to understand and help the middle schooler in daily activities at
home and at school:
Adolescents have high levels
of physical and emotional energy, which may contrast with long
periods of idleness, generally disapproved of by adults.
They take risks, are curious,
and love danger and adventure, yet their feelings can be hurt
easily. This is the time when they feel immortal, but they worry
a lot about what their friends think about them.
They want to be independent
from their families, and at the same time, they need to be pampered
They withdraw and want a private
life, and at the same time, they worry about being accepted by
They demand privileges but
avoid responsibilities. At the same time, they are developing
an awareness of social problems and the welfare of others.
Adolescents from other cultures sometimes
face an additional burden as they develop their identities and try
to comply with the requirements of home and school. On one side,
they have the values and customs of the home that the family wants
to maintain, and on the other, they have to respond to the demands
of their peers and teachers, who have a different set of rules.
(Available in Spanish)
Regular school attendance is both mandatory
and essential for successful learning to take place. It is the responsibility
of the parent/guardian to ensure that a student attends school. Notification
Sequence for excessive absences:
After 5th absence
Main office letter sent home.
After 10th absence
Letter and phone call requesting meeting with guidance counselor.
After 15th absence
Letter and phone call requesting meeting with Asst. Principal
After 20th absence
Required meeting with Principal. Required medical documentation. PINS/Outside
After 25th absence
Required meeting with Principal. PINS consideration if no medical documentation
provided. Outside agency contacted if no medical documentation provided.
After 28th absence:
Principal’s decision on retention regardless of academic standing
and immediate loss of credit for credit bearing courses
* The school may contact an outside agency
at any point if a pattern of irregular attendance develops.