MVMS School Counseling

Welcome Back, Eagles!

Welcome to MVMS 2020 School Year

Welcome to the "Virtual" Eagle Center!

When we are on campus, the School Counselors are located in the Eagle Center, room 326. This space is a quiet place for students to talk with their Counselor, de-stress, or hang out at lunch. During lunch time, students can use the Eagle Center for homework, reading, playing cards or board games, or other quiet activities. While we are in Virtual School, we have created a bitmoji Eagle Center that has all of the resources and usual things you would find in our physical space: ways to contact the Counselors, activities for managing stress, games, and more!

Use this link to take you to the Virtual Eagle Center
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What does a School Counselor do?

Parents, the press, administrators and the general public often wonder just what it is that school counselors do on a daily basis. Gone are the days of school counselors (previously called "guidance counselors" sitting in their office simply handing out college applications, making schedule changes for students who want to drop a class or meeting with the troublemakers in the school. Today's school counselors are vital members of the education team. They help all students in the areas of academic achievement, personal/social development and career development, ensuring today's students become the productive, well-adjusted adults of tomorrow. Learn more about the school counselor's role.

School counselors in the 21st century are highly trained educators in pre K—12 settings who uphold ethical and professional standards to design, implement and manage comprehensive, developmental, results-based school counseling programs that promote and enhance student success.

At MVMS, School Counselors meet with students individually, they teach classroom lessons on social-emotional learning and career development, assist with course planning, are a part of the school's Response to Intervention team, and plan school-wide programs to support PUSD's mission of Inspiring Passion and Preparing Every Student to Thrive in College, Career, and Life by Providing Personalized, Rich, and Rigorous Learning Experiences

Your Student has the Right to Confidentiality

Students can have a private or confidential conversation with their School Counselor, unless they disclose a concern for their safety or the safety of another student or adult. If a student wants to talk about a peer relationship or an academic concern, for example, Counselors do not need to notify parents. Many times, we do request permission from students to share our conversation with a parent, teacher, or peer to better navigate through stressors and problem solve.

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How can Students and Parents Access the School Counselors?

During Virtual Learning, the best way to contact the Counselors is by email or message in Canvas. We try to return emails and phone calls within 24 hours unless we are out of the office

When we are on campus, students can visit the Eagle Center during lunch, or with a pass from a teacher.

Supporting your Virtual Learner

Dr. Ron Stolberg and Dr. Darlene Sweetland are Clinical Psychologists with over 20 years experience who live locally in San Diego. They are the authors of the book "Teaching Kids to Think: Raising Confident, Independent, & Thoughtful Children in an Age of Instant Gratification." Teaching Kids to Think has been described as: A must-read for parents and educators...offers insight into the social, emotional, and neurological challenges unique to this generation of instant gratification kids. By identifying the five parent traps that adults fall into to fuel their child's need for instant gratification, this is the parenting resource that offers practical tips and easy-to-implement solutions to raise children who are confident, independent, and most importantly, able to think for themselves.

Drs. Stolberg and Sweetland presented this very informative and helpful Parent Q&A at Twin Peaks Middle School and have kindly shared it with our Mesa Verde families so that they can help their children thrive in the virtual learning world.

Supporting your Virtual Learner

Meet the Eagle Center Team

Mrs. Marcotte (Last Names A - Li)

Lisa Marcotte is returning to Mesa Verde for her 4th year and 6th year in PUSD. Lisa has had a love for school counseling for many years and is beginning her 20th year as a School Counselor. Her first 14 years of school counseling were in her hometown in northern Ca, Yuba City. Lisa earned her bachelor’s degree at California State University of Long Beach and her Master’s degree from California State University of Sacramento. Lisa lives in Poway with her husband and son. She enjoys spending time with friends and family far and near, remodeling her home, and gardening (or at least attempting to keep plants alive). Lisa enjoys working with middle school students because they are inquisitive, enthusiastic, and the best!

Mrs. Snow (Last Names Ll - Z)

Brooke Snow is beginning her 14th year as a School Counselor and her 6th year at MVMS. Brooke grew up in Ohio and earned a Bachelor's degree in Sociology from Otterbein University. She then fulfilled a lifelong dream of moving to San Diego where she earned a Master's degree in Counseling from the University of San Diego. Brooke previously worked at Point Loma High School in San Diego Unified before joining MVMS in 2015. Brooke lives in Escondido with her husband and their 16 year old cat. She is an avid reader, loves to be outdoors exploring all San Diego has to offer, spending time with her niece and nephew, and volunteering with Frosted Faces senior dog rescue. Brooke is a diehard sports fan who loves to cheer for her Ohio sports teams as well as the LA Kings. She enjoys working with middle school students because they are curious, fun, and always changing!

Mrs. Huppert (Intervention Counselor)

Beth Huppert is the Intervention Counselor at MVMS. Intervention Counselors help to support struggling students. This is Mrs. Huppert’s 21st year as a School Counselor in Poway Unified. Beth has been a high school Counselor (Mt. Carmel), middle school counselor (Black Mountain and Bernardo Heights) and an elementary counselor (most recently at Chaparral). Beth grew up on eastern Long Island in New York. She received her Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education with a minor in Psychology from York College of Pennsylvania. Beth attended National University for her Masters in Educational Counseling and has also received her Administrative Credential. Mrs. Huppert will be at Mesa Verde on Mondays, Tuesdays and every other Wednesday supporting students, staff and families. She is married with two wonderful daughters and has been a 16 year resident of Rancho Penasquitos. The Hupperts also love the beach and camping. She has been a co-leader for her daughters’ Girl Scout troops for nearly 10 years. Beth loves working with middle schoolers and feels blessed to have the best job in the world!

Mrs. Wright (Student Services Specialist)

Caia Wright is our Student Services Specialist this year at Mesa Verde.This is Mrs. Wright's 5th year in Poway Unified. Caia taught 6th grade At Webster Elementary in the San Diego Unified School District and previously worked at Chaparral as a Student Services Assistant. Caia grew up in Iowa and Missouri where she went to Longview Community College and earned her Associates Degree. She then moved to San Diego where she went to California State University - San Marcos to earn her Bachelors Degree and her Credentials in Elementary Education. Mrs. Wright is married with 3 children with one currently attending Mesa Verde. She has been a Rancho Penasquitos resident for 19 years! Caia has been the co-leader of her daughter's Girl Scout troop for 8 years now. In her free time she is loves to run, hike, cook, and spend time at the beach with her family. Caia loves working with middle school students because they are quirky, unique and fun to be around.

If you see something, say something

As part of Poway Unified’s ongoing efforts to improve school safety and security, we have been sharing this “See Something, Say Something” public service announcement with many of our students. But this message applies to our parents and community members as well: help spread the word by watching and sharing this video so that we have as many eyes and ears out there working to keep our students and staff safe from threats. Save the tip line number in your phone: 844-787-3847. Special thanks to our law enforcement partners who participated in this PSA and continue to monitor the tip line and investigate any threats.

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