School Counseling Newsletter

Mid-Prairie Middle School

Welcome to MPMS!

My name is Tracy Rusch and this is my first year as the counselor at Mid-Prairie Middle School. I am happy to be here and to be a part of such a supportive staff and community!

I received a bachelor's degree from the University of Northern Iowa in Elementary and Middle Level Education. I taught 7th grade English for seven years. It was during that time that I made the decision to pursue my master's degree in school counseling from the University of Iowa.

As a school counselor, my primary responsibility is to promote the academic, personal, and social development of all students. I look forward to offering support to the students, staff, families, and community. I will be meeting with students individually and in small groups during lunch, conducting classroom lessons, meeting with parents, collaborating with teachers and staff, and consulting with community organizations to benefit and meet the needs of all Mid-Prairie students and families.

Any student can request to meet with me or they can be referred by a teacher, administrator, or parent. I encourage you to reach out if you have concerns regarding your child. If you would like for me to meet with your child please do not hesitate to contact me.

I am here to help students achieve their personal, social, and academic goals, as well as provide support for parents and teachers. I can be reached by email at or phone at 319-656-2241.

I'm excited to be here and I look forward to getting to know you and your student!

What can Mrs. Rusch help my student with?

  • academic support
  • organizational, study, or test taking skills
  • understanding one's self and others
  • coping strategies
  • peer relationships and effective social skills
  • problem solving, communication, and decision-making
  • career awareness, exploration, and planning
  • diversity awareness
  • substance abuse and sexuality
  • family support: including grief, loss, divorce, or separation

What if my student needs to see Mrs. Rusch?