Bernal Counseling Office
Meet Your Bernal Counselors
Sally Maher, Head Counselor, Military Family Liaison
Bernal Middle School is proud to be a destination campus for the military families of San Antonio! Over 40% of our students are military connected. All of our counselors are here to help, but please feel free to contact me if you need assistance with your military family's needs.
Our guidance and counseling program is a comprehensive developmental program addressing the whole child to maximize achievement, social and emotional development, and post-secondary college and career readiness.
The Guidance Curriculum component includes skill based lessons designed to help all students develop competence in essential life skills. Guidance lessons are based on student need.
Here are links to some of the guidance lessons that have been provided during distance learning:
The purpose of Responsive Services is to intervene with or on behalf of a child whose personal circumstances, concerns, or problems are threatening and interfere with healthy career, educational, social, and/or personal development. Responsive Services includes both individual and small group counseling.
During distance learning, only individual counseling can be provided at this time. Please fill out the referral form if your student needs assistance.
Individual Planning guides students in planning, monitoring, and managing their own career, educational, social, and personal growth. Individual Planning is achieved by assisting students in setting their own goals, course elective choices, and endorsement selections.
Student Portal gives access to email, Schoology, Google Drive and more. Login with your sNumber and 4x4 Password.
Students can check their grades and attendance through HAC. Login with your sNumber and 4x4 Password.
Need Technical Support? Visit the Northside Virtual Hub or call the Student Helpline at 210-397-0020
The System Support component describes the management of activities which assures the delivery of a high quality guidance program. This component indirectly services our students. System Support includes; research development, outreach, and professional development.
April is the Month of the Military Child. Here is a video of Bernal Staff wearing purple for our Military Kids:
Four Counseling Skill Goals
The NISD Comprehensive Counseling Program includes four skill goals:
1. Intrapersonal Relationships
Developing a positive self-concept
Changing a particular behavior
Developing ways to manage the demands of school, social activities and family
Making positive decisions and taking responsibility for actions.
2. Interpersonal Relationships
Evaluating how prejudice can be harmful
Respecting and Appreciating differences
Learn how to effectively communicate with others
Navigating relationships with friends, dating partners, family members, teachers and employers
3. Post-Secondary Planning and Career Readiness
Motivation to achieve in school
Understanding how grades can affect post-secondary choices
Selecting a career or college path
setting post-graduation goals
4. Personal Health and Safety
Identifying resilience and positive coping skills
Identifying assertiveness skills for personal protection
Learning how to set personal boundaries
Creating a personal wellness plan
Services for Military Familes
Helpful Information and Links
Bernal Middle School strives to support our Military Families. Bernal has a chapter of the Junior Student to Student ambassador program to welcome new students. We have a Military Pride Club that gathers each six weeks so military connected students can gather and socialize. Bernal celebrates Veterans Day with a breakfast and flag raising ceremony and we celebrate the Month of the Military Child in April. Bernal counselors work with the administration to put these programs in place. Please email Sally Maher for more information.