Counseling In the Middle

Ritenour Middle School - 6th Grade

It's a New Year!

I am so excited about working with all of you this year! 6th grade is such an important time in the lives of our students. As the year progresses I want you to know that I am here to support the students in a variety of ways and am open to ways I might support you!


Monthly, I will be coming to your teams classrooms to provide a school counseling core curriculum lesson. This year I will be utilizing curriculum from Second Step. Lessons will align with the Missouri School Counseling Standards and will be an approximate 30-45 minutes of length. I have identified dates for each team. Please decide as a team where I will be teaching the lesson. Also, if there is a time and topic that you would like me to come and teach to your class, feel free to schedule a time with me.


Additionally, I will be leading Lunch Bunch during 6th Grade lunches on Tuesday's & Friday's. The purpose of the Lunch Bunch is to build connections with students as they also connect with other students. Empowering Young Women Lunch Bunch will occur on Tuesday's & Powerful Young Men Lunch Bunch will take place on Friday's. If you know a student that might benefit, please do not hesitate to let me know.


Together, we will identify a handful of students to participate in a small group focused on bullying and building friendships. These students will be reading the book, "Wonder" and hopefully attending a screening of the movie in November.


I have an open door policy for students and teachers. There will be a number of students that I will meet with weekly. Depending on students needs, I will often make a referral for more intensive counseling to one of our partner agencies.


My door is always open to you! I am usually an early riser and will often stay late. Feel free to pop down to my office to talk or if you might need a break!


Let's make this a great year!


Matt

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School Counselor Core Curriculum Scheduled Dates

As a grade level team, please take a time to look at the following documents and identify a class where I will be teaching for each one of these dates!


Team 6A

Team 6B

Team 6C



For more information about the lessons I will provide take a glimpse at the School Counseling Core Curriculum Handbook. (It's a work in progress.)

Mr. Berry's Teaching Schedule

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Individual Student Plans & Student Awareness Information

Information that was shared from the elementary schools regarding how to ensure students are successful at middle school can be found in your team drives that were created this week. Additionally, you can also find plans for any student that has a 504 or FBA at this drive too. If you have any questions please do not hesitate to ask.

Use Your Break Card When You Need It!

(Check Your Mailboxes)

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