The Middle School Guidance Office

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Guidance Counselor versus School Counselor?

I am NOT a Guidance Counselor. I AM a 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.

My Life As A Middle School Counselor

Lunch Bunch

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.


Fifteen 7th and 8th grade students have been working on SMART goals. SMART goals are Specific~Measurable~Attainable~Relevant~Timely. Students have learned that making goals that are too broad, unmeasurable, and too far away, are most likely to be forgotten about or given up on. By having a SMART goal, they are focusing on one thing at a time and trying to make improvements to academics in small steps.

You in Just 6 Words?

Ernest Hemingway has said that he wrote his best piece of work in just 6 words. "For Sale: Baby shoes. Never worn." After discussion the possible meanings of what Hemingway meant, the 6th grade girls' Lunch Bunch were asked to write their own memoir in just 6 short words. After their first round of writing (which included memoirs like, "I really Heart this green squeaky frog.") the girls talked about the legacy they would leave behind. What did they want others to know about them, and how were they going to define themselves.

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.

Are you using Haiku Deck?

Haiku Deck is a free online presentation program that creates simple, yet stunning slideshows. If you haven't tried it, it is a fun, easy and engaging way to have kids become excited. Needless to say, it is an excellent resource for any presentations you may need to put together. Below is my deck on "Bullying" which is a featured deck on the Haiku Deck site.


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.

Want to schedule any classroom guidance lessons? See me for more details!