The Middle School Guidance Office
Helping to inspire students to be knowledgeable, responsible, healthy and compassionate citizens.
Guidance Counselor versus School Counselor?
What's the difference? A Guidance Counselor is a term from the dark ages of school counseling. A Guidance Counselor is a person who had little training in the role of a counselor. Their job duties included "guiding" students in their college applications and high school course selection. A lot has changed in the field of counseling and the modern School Counselor has a Master's Degree specific to School Counseling. School counselors must be able to handle a wide variety of counseling issues, from suicide and ideation, grief, LGBT, cutting, absenteeism, social skills, relational aggression, technology, academic, career, giftedness, special education, group dynamics, and family relationships. School Counselors also develop a comprehensive school counseling program that focuses on 3 domains set forth by the American School Counselor Association. Those skill sets include Personal/Academic Development, Career and Decision-Making Skills, and Interpersonal Skills. Professional School Counselors develop lesson plans aligned to the common core and present on a wide range of topics. At the high school level, college planning and course selection, are a major focus of the job, but fall within these categories. At the middle and elementary levels, the focus shifts slightly. Issues regarding bullying, interpersonal skills, and academic success are the predominate areas of support, coupled with promoting a culture where all students are career and college ready.
Lunch Bunch is continuing to work on friendship lessons, learning bullying statistics, and creating our own Mean Stinks video. Recently kids finished an affirmation book, where each LBer wrote something nice about each of their peers, which was then compiled into a book for each student.
See the video below to take a look at what has happened over the past year.
A study skills group has been meeting in grades 7-8. These students have been learning and creating SMART goals. SMART goals are Specific~Measurable~Attainable~Relevant~Timely. Students have learned that making goals that are too broad, and too far away, are most likely to be forgotten about or given up on. By having a SMART goal, students are focusing on one thing at a time and trying to make improvements to academics in small steps. Think of it this way, anyone can have a goal of driving across country, but with a SMART goal you are driving across country with a map.
With a SMART goal, students have moved from stating their goal as “I want to pass my class” to “I want to get above a 70 in math class by the end of the marking period. To do this I will study with a partner for tests, do all my homework, and ask my teacher for help. This goal is important to me because I want to get my phone back from when I had poor grades last marking period. I will meet this goal in 10 weeks and I will know I met this goal because of the grade on my report card.”
What is your SMART goal for 2014?
You in Just 6 Words?
The girls did an excellent job with this project. In fact, many wrote more than one memoir. You can see their project via Haiku Deck below. In Fact, the girls did such a great job with this project that even Haiku Deck took notice and their slideshow is in their gallery of Most Popular Decks! Congrats girls!
I CAN Run
We are currently looking for volunteers to help put together this unique program for students. If you are interested in becoming a volunteer or want to know more about this program for your son or daughter, please contact Carol Miller in the Guidance Office by calling 533-3020 ext 2150.
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What you need to know as a parent about Social Media
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PTSO just approved the purchase of a popcorn maker for the Middle School. The popcorn maker is a commercial sized machine and will be available to group events, drama, musicals, dances, and incentive programs for students.
Who sees the counselor?
The Guidance Office is a place for all students and not just for those experiencing problems. Programs include Lunch Bunch with the counselor, Classroom Guidance activities on careers, job skills, bullying, and early college awareness, small group and individual counseling, arranging parent-teacher conferences, and parent groups.