MSMS School Counseling News

Week of May 18 - May 22

Hello Wonderful Marsteller Bulldogs!!!

Did you have a good week? Did you find any examples of things that were not quite true on-line this week? I know that sometimes it's hard to know what or who to believe. That's why it's very important to have those few people (trusted adults and true friends) who will be there whenever and will tell you the truth no matter what because it is what is good for you in the long run. It's not something that benefits them! Check out this week's challenge to focus and W.I.N. in all things!

This week's lesson is "Pause Before You Post" Good choices on this platform are more important than ever as school and most everything else has gone virtual at this time!!!! Are you making good choices online? Go to the Marsteller School Counseling Webpage -> Students to access it!

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:

Other Summer School Options - - more information will be coming soon!

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8th grade News

YEAR END T-SHIRTS - Even though we are not going to be in school to have our traditional Spring Fling 😢 we are still making plans to celebrate you and all that you have accomplished in Middle School and send you off to High School. Exact details are still a closely guarded secret, but it included the (free) class shirt that we present to the 8th graders every year. We need your name as you want it to appear on the shirt and the size that you wear. If you have not already ordered yours, go to:

and fill out the form. If you have problems accessing the link, it's on the Student page of the School Counseling Website or just email your name and size to Mrs. Wark or your counselor. We need this information by FRIDAY MAY 22

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! Do you W.I.N. at all times?????

Have you noticed a common aspect in many of the pictures this week? Many are sayings that were used by Coach Lou Holtz, a very successful coach at Notre Dame University. When he was working with his football players, he wanted them to be successful not only on the field, but in classes and life. He wanted them to always remember to W.I.N. - - - to think about What's Important Now. He encouraged them to stop at least 35 times a day and ask if themselves if they were focused to W.I.N. - What's Important Now. He means that when you are focusing on something, that gets all of your attention so that you do your best. If you are doing homework, only focus on that, if you are practicing something, only focus on that. If those stray thoughts come into your head, ask yourself - W.I.N.? How do you do when you try to do 2 assignments at once? I'll bet not nearly as well as if you did one at a time. If something might happen in 2 weeks, does it help you W.I.N. if you worry about it now?

This week, stop yourself 5 times and as yourself - - did I remember W.I.N.????

Drop your counselor an email about it!

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

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