School Counseling Department

Gainesville Middle School Quarter 2 & 3

School Counselors: Helping Build Better Humans

National School Counseling Week 2020

"School Counselors: Helping Build Better Humans", will be celebrated from Feb. 3-7, 2020, to focus public attention on the unique contribution of school counselors within U.S. school systems. National School Counseling Week, sponsored by ASCA, highlights the tremendous impact school counselors can have in helping students achieve school success and plan for a career. National School Counseling Week is always celebrated the first full week in February (ASCA, 2020)

Click here to learn more about National School Counseling Week!

High School Scheduling

Patriot High School & Stonewall Jackson High School came to GVMS on Thursday, Jan. 30th for academic advising/ high school scheduling.

8th grade students should bring home a copy for parent/guardian to review, sign & return.

Return signed copies to the Counseling Center by Friday Feb. 7th.

Reminder: Applications for Specialty Programs are due FEB 1st!

PWCS High School Course Catalog

download in multiple languages

7th Grade : GMU, Early Identification Program

Each year we nominiate several students for GMU's EIP program.

We are looking for 7th graders who meet the following nomination criteria:

 Current 7th grade student in participating public middle school

 The student’s parents may not have completed a 4-year college degree in the United States

 Academic potential to enroll in a pre-college curriculum in high school

If you meet this critera, and would like to be considered for a nomination please email

Mrs. Tracy or Mrs. Pashiardis, 7th grade counselors.

Upcoming Classroom Guidance Lessons

6th Grade: Technology Choices and Consequences

Learning Objectives:

1. Students will learn to demonstrate responsible behavior and to the skills necessary to communicate and interact effectively when using computers, smart phones, the internet and social media.

2. Students will learn to apply critical thinking skills in the analysis of peer relationships and interactions online and in the real world.

3. Students will learn the real world implications of poor decisions made online and will understand how their personal feelings influence decisions and effect actions.

4. Students will be able to identify supportive peers who can assist them in times of difficulty and responsible adults who can assist them in times of difficulty and/or crisis.

7th Grade : Pause Before You Post; Don’t Turn Off Your Brain When You Go Online

Learning Objectives:

1. Students will learn to demonstrate responsible behavior and develop skills necessary to communicate/interact safely when using electronic devices (computers, cellphones, social media, internet etc.).

2. Students will learn to apply critical thinking skills while fostering positive peer relationships and interactions online and in society.

3. Students will learn about the possible consequences of making poor decisions when using social media.

4. Students will be able to identify at least two supportive adults who may assist them if they should encounter trouble when using social media.

8th Grade: The Future You

Learning Objectives:

1. Students will be able to identify areas of interests.

2. Students will explore six areas of interests: Realistic, Investigative, Artistic, Social, Enterprising, and Conventional.

3. Students will be able to identify how their areas of interests relate to the world of work.

4. Students will explore a variety of careers occupations.

5. Students will explore the knowledge, educational requirements, skills, and abilities related to specific areas of occupations as well a job outlook for each career.

Girls On The Run

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Youth development program for girls grades 6-8

• Teams of 8-15 girls

• 10-week curriculum focuses on developing the five aspects of the whole girl: body, brain, heart, spirit, and social connection

• Build connections with others, practice communicating, expand awareness of others, and develop important life skills that make girls stronger and more confident

• Celebratory 5K run to end the season. Open to friends and family

Season Details Practice Location

Gainesville Middle School

On: Monday & Thursday From: 3:00 PM to 4:30 PM

Program Fees & Financial Assistance

Regular Program Fee: $175 Coach Daughter/Coach Family Fee: $110 Military Discount: $150 Sibling Discount: $150 for second child Fees for Qualifying Families with Financial Need: $22 (Free Lunch) or $75 (Reduced Lunch)


January 27 through February 25

Spring 2020 Season March 2 – May 20

For more information contact Kelly Raso

Hawks Ambassador Club

Our Hawk Ambassador's have been super busy these past few months spreading kindness to our school and community!

Here are some highlights of what our Ambassadors have been up to:

  • In October & November Hawks Ambassador's collaborated with Gainesville Pediatric Dentistry on Treats 4 Troops and the One Warm Coat Drive. Approximately 175lbs of candy was sent to our troops and we collected approximately 185 new or gently worn coats to donate.
  • In December & January students created Candy-Grams and Clay Hearts Ornaments for our lovely neighbors at Tribute at Heritage Village in Gainesville. We hope these student-made gifts provided a sweet treat and cheer! We plan to take a field trip to Tribute in March to play games, talk, and interact with the residences.
  • Every new student who has enrolled at GVMS, received a Welcome Gift Bag created by our Hawk Ambassadors.
  • Every new student who has enrolled was given a Hawk Ambassador tour of the school. This includes but is not limited to: showing the new student their locker, telling student about clubs and activities, walking them to their classes, meeting for lunch, and introducing them to others.

If you are interested in finding out more information about this club, please contact Mrs. Amy Shelton in the Counseling Department.

Kindness Matters Week

February 16- 23

The Hawk Ambassador Club is designing a bulletin board themed, "A Blizzard of Kindness." Students can pick up a snowflake from the board that has a kind message on it to give to a friend or staff!

We will also be implementing some of the resources from Random Acts of Kindness Org.

We will highlight the 6 Core Kindness Concepts


How amazing would it be if we all did one small act of kindness each day? Here are a set of monthly calendars that challenge us to do just that! Each day features a fun and low-cost way to do something kind. (

Military Connected Families

We are a proud to be a PURPLE STAR School!

School-Based Military Student Contact:

Ms. Karen Mosley
Director of School Counselor

Links with information for Military Connected Families

PWCS Military Families Resources & Support

VDOE Military Families Resources & Support for U.S. Military Families, funded by the U.S. Department of Defense and Coast Guard Mutual Assistance, is a program that provides on-demand, online tutoring and homework help at no cost to eligible service members and their dependents. With live, expert tutors available 24/7, military-connected students can receive academic help at their moment of need—anywhere they have an internet connection.


April 22, 2020


April is the Month of the Military Child, providing an opportunity to recognize and honor the service of Virginia’s youngest heroes, over 80,000 military connected children.

Show support for the annual Purple Up Day for Military Kids celebration by wearing purple on Wednesday, April 22nd.

Purple represents the blending of the colors of the five branches of our armed forces. Here in Virginia, we are proud to be home to Air Force, Army, Coast Guard, Marine Corps, Navy, National Guard and Reserve families.


Director of School Counseling

Ms. Karen Mosley

School Registrar/ School Counseling Secretary
Mrs. Patty Lopez

School Counselors by Grade Level/ Alpha:


· Ms. Amy Kaczkowski (last names A-O)

· Mrs. Erin Tracy (last names P-Z)


· Mrs. Ellen Pashiardis (last names A-M)

· Mrs. Erin Tracy (last names N-Z)


· Mrs. Amy Shelton (last names A-M)

· Ms. Karen Mosley (last names N-Z)