MSMS School Counseling News

Week of May 25 - May 29

Hello Wonderful Marsteller Bulldogs!!!

Did you have a good week? I think that we all needed the 5 - 4 - 3 - 2 - 1 to stay calm and deal with the events of the world this week. There are some resources listed in the Parent section that may help you and your family as we go through these historic times. Please remember that we are here to talk with you .... just email your school counselor and we will be happy to communicate with you via phone or email (with parent permission/inclusion)

Thanks to all who returned materials to school. We look forward to seeing you next week when you pick up your things from the lockers and classrooms - - yes, some of the bags are VERY full! How does that much fit in such a small locker??????

Remember we are still posting information that you need to know for this year and next year. There is a section for updates for each grade level (SCHEDULING!!) as well as activities to help you. We will be presenting lessons online on Thursdays from 8:30 - 10:00 am and will have office hours on Fridays from 1:30 - 3:00 via email. We will also be checking our emails periodically through the week. Don't hesitate to reach out to us with any questions you may be having at this time.

MOVING THIS SUMMER?? Please contact Mrs. Derstine at as soon as possible so that we can get records ready.

Contact us:

Mrs. Lesley Wark - Director of School Counseling -

Mrs. Erica Herrera - School Social Worker -

Mrs. Tiffany Rounds - School Psychologist -

6th grade counselors 2019-2020 (next year moving up to 7th grade with you)

Mrs. Sara Correll (Last name A-K)

Mrs. Rebecca Powers (Last Name L-Z)

7th grade counselors 2019-2020 (next year moving up to 8th grade with you)

Mrs. Stephanie Sturges (Last Name A-K)

Mr. John Lang (Last Name L-Z)

8th grade counselors 2019-2020 (next year moving down to 6th grade)

Mrs. Sara Correll (Last Name A-C)

Mrs. Stephanie Sturges (Last Name D-K)

Mrs. Rebecca Powers (Last Name L-Pa)

Mr. John Lang (Last Name Pe-Z)

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We will add more information to this section as information becomes available.....

VPW Summer Session Announcement

Virtual Prince William will conduct its 2020 Summer session. Below is the information regarding our 2020 Summer session.

  • Registration for the summer session will open up at 9 a.m. on Friday, May 15 and will close at 9 a.m. on Monday, June 15. More information can be found at:

PWC Summer School for grades K-8

Registration is now going on and emails with information were sent out. Summer School will be virtual this year. For more information and to register, go to

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8th grade News

Expunging grades for High School Level Courses: Please go to for more information if you wish to have the grade for a High School Level Course that has been taken in Middle School (World Languages, Algebra, Geometry) removed from your official transcript. This will also remove the credit earned. Please send this completed form to Mrs. Wark if you are completing this before June 27 or the high school afterwards.

High School Scheduling Information: Check your high school's web page regularly for activities that they are holding virtually to get you ready for next year!!! This includes information about sports and club tryouts.

1. If you did not turn in your signed copy of your course request form, don't worry. That's why they took a copy with them! If you want to change anything on your request, email your counselor at the high school.

2. If you did not get to complete a schedule, the high schools are in the process now of contacting students that they need information from.

3. As we get general information from schools, we will post the information here and on our web page. So far we have heard from:

Brentsville: If you are going to Brentsville next year and missed the meeting last week, you can view a recording of it at

Patriot: Info to come!

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7th grade News

1. Did you turn in your Course Request form for 8th grade? If not, go to and complete one NOW!!!! If you don't, we will assign it to you!

2. This is a great time to do or update your Academic and Career Plan. Most students started this in the Career Investigations class, but if you didn't have the class yet or didn't finish, now's your chance! This is a plan required by the state of VA to help you as you go through the rest of your schooling and prepare for graduation! Go to:

to access yours! Go to the School Counseling Web page - For Students - for instructions from Mrs. Sturges to do this!

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6th grade News

Did you turn in your 7th graded music course request form for next year? If not, go here: complete one now! If you don't, we will assign one to you!
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Challenge Time! What I Like About You!!! 10 Minutes to Celebrate a Friendship

As we approach the end of the school year and look towards the beginning of next, it's time to reflect on what has been and think about what you want it to be. We all have those people who have had a positive impact on us, whether they are other kids or adults. With all of the negativity around us right now, let's take a minute to focus on what is positive. Complete the 10 Minutes to Celebrate a Friend (or two) and send it to them so they know what an impact they have made on you!

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Computers for Home Use

Devices at home: Did you get the call from PWCS this week about getting a device for home? If not, please contact your school counselor or Ms. Warner ASAP.

Do you need free Wifi? VA WiFi Hotspot Map

WiFi Hotspot Map

Becky Bowers-Lanier, Lobbyist for the VIrginia Counselors Association, has provided us with a fantastic resource: a map of free WiFi hotspots in Virginia.

Web address:

With the help of local officials, schools, and libraries across Virginia, the Commonwealth Connect team and Virginia Tech have developed an interactive map of free, publicly available wifi hotspots that Virginians can access from a vehicle. Please share this map with your respective networks and constituents who many need access to the internet. Updates will be done weekly as we receive new locations. If you see any free public wifi hotspots missing or listed incorrectly, please email -

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Lunch, Anyone?????

The PWCS School lunch program provides free lunches for any student in PWCS regardless of need Marsteller is a pick up location and bag lunches are available Monday - Friday from 9-11. This is free to anyone who wishes to take advantage of it. For more information:

See below in this newsletter for a list of food banks available in Prince William County.

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Parent Corner - Helping YOU

As if the Pandemic was not enough, we are now dealing with major social issues and changes that while hopefully will have a positive outcome, it is adding another major stressor to our families' lives. Here are some resources that may be helpful to you .....and please remember that the school counseling team is here to talk.

Talking to kids about Race and Racism : There’s no “one way” to dive into this topic. There’s no such thing as “quick tips” or foolproof advice when it comes to discussing the complexities of race. But, there are better ways to go about it and each parent will have to decide for themselves what makes the most sense for them and their family. Above all, it’s a conversation all parents need to have, no matter your background or experience. So, if you’re curious how to get this conversation started, here’s what the experts have to say.

A Kid's Book About Racism: YouYube video with a narrator reading the book

RESOURCES FOR TALKING ABOUT RACE, RACISM AND RACIALIZED VIOLENCE WITH KIDS This document was compiled by Center for Racial Justice in Education. It is not meant to be exhaustive and will be continually updated as they are made aware of more resources.

If your children are dealing with the loss of a loved one due to COVID, there is a FREE camp available to them to help them through this ...

Are you getting tired and run down from having to be strong for everyone and wear many hats during this pandemic? Are your own worries starting to become overwhelming? This website from Mental Health America (MHA) and Shine gives parents tips on how to deal with their own anxiety, feelings of isolation, and financial fears, as well as tips for talking to kids.

This page from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention not only gives parents ways to support themselves and their families, but also gives parents some stress indicators to watch for in children and teens.

FOOD BANKS in the area - please call to verify times.


Thought for the Week........

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PWCS cares deeply about students’ emotional well-being during their time away from school. If a student is in need of emotional support during this time, please feel free to send an e-mail to A school mental health or health professional will answer and offer virtual support to students to the best of their ability. This e-mail is not to be used for emergency situations as it will not be monitored 24 hours a day. If a student is ever in an emergency situation he/she is encouraged to call 911 or utilize one of the resources listed below:

Emergency Resources:

ACTS Helpline 703.368.4141

1.800.SUICIDE (24-hour hotline) 1.800.784.2433

Crisis Text Hotline (24-hour hotline) 741741

PWC Child Protective Services Hotline 703.792.4200

PWC Community Services Board 703.792.7800