MSMS School Counseling News

Week of April 27

Hello Wonderful Marsteller Bulldogs!

Welcome back! Did you have a good week? How did last week's challenge go? Did you go for a walk, go for a bike ride or just breathe deeply? Check out this week's challenge to help you DESTRESS AND LOWER ANXIETY.

This week's lesson is "The Future You" What better time to explore your options??? Go to the Marsteller School Counseling Webpage -> Students to access it!

Thanks to all who participated in the Virtual Spirit Week. It was fun seeing what you are all doing! 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 :

Mrs. Sara Correll (Last name A-K)

Mrs. Rebecca Powers (Last Name L-Z)

7th grade counselors:

Mrs. Stephanie Sturges (Last Name A-K)

Mr. John Lang (Last Name L-Z)

8th grade counselors:

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)


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.

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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8th grade News

High School Scheduling Information:

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

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7th grade News

1. Did you turn in your Course Request form for 8th grade? If not, go to complete one NOW!!!!

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!
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Challenge Time! Need a Little TLC?

TLC stands for “Talk to a Friend, Look for the Silver Lining, and Change the Channel.” If you are feeling anxious, you should talk to a friend/parent/trusted adult, then look for the silver lining (no matter how bad things are, there is always a silver lining or a way things could be worse) and then change the channel – which means find a positive distraction such as taking a walk, taking a shower, or doing a mindful breathing exercise.

Did you try this? Drop your counselor an email about it!

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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