Welcome to the PHMS Counseling Page!

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Counseling Department

6th Grade Counselor: Briana Nelsen

7th Grade Counselor: Margi Orris

8th Grade Counselor: Lindsey Carmon

Contact Us at 605-367-8443

Upcoming events and info

No School:

April 2nd

April 5th

SD Assessment Dates:

March 31st & April 1st (Math Test)

SD Science (8th Graders only):

April 16th and April 23rd

- This will be during Panther time and 3rd period

MAP Testing:

April 27th (Math)

April 28th (Language)

May 4th (Reading)

How to be Successful on Tests

  • Get a good night's sleep before the test.
  • Eat a healthy breakfast the morning of the test-- your brain will need the energy!
  • Relax and do your best! Some of the things on the test may be difficult, but keep trying-- don't give up!

Sleep Benefits

Elementary School Visits

In early May, PHMS counselors will be visiting elementary schools to give students and families more information about middle school. A Google Form will be sent out for students to sign up for next year's classes. Be on the lookout for more information to come and if you have any questions, please feel free to reach out to the counseling office.

Running Start is a program for incoming 6th graders to learn about middle school and have the opportunity to tour the building, practice opening a locker, and much more. There are six different sessions to choose from during the month of July. Each session runs for four days either in the morning, or in the afternoon. Sessions do fill up quickly, so please submit your registration form to the PHMS office as soon as possible, or turn it into your current elementary office to be sent to PHMS. The dates for Running Start this summer are:

July 12-15 (8am-11:45am OR 12:15pm-4:00pm)

July 19-22 (8am-11:45am OR 12:15pm-4:00pm)

July 26-29 (8am-11:45am OR 12:15pm-4:00pm)

High School Contact Info & Other Resources

April CLAW Lesson

Our April CLAW lesson focuses on nonverbal communication. Did you know that emotions are conveyed:

  • 7% through verbal means

  • 38% through voice (tone)

  • 55% are conveyed through facial expressions and body language.

Meaning the majority of our communication comes from nonverbals. The way we say something and the facial expressions that we use are just as important as what comes out of our mouths. A way to help children learn about positive nonverbal communication is to model positive nonverbal communication.


- Be aware of your own tone of voice. If we have a negative or aggressive tone with our children, they will more than likely respond with the same tone.

- Use good eye contact and body positioning. Everyone wants to be heard and good eye contact and positioning your body towards someone when they speak conveys that you are fully hearing them.

- Think about physical space. You often don't want to be too close or too far away. Also, be aware of surrounding because if there's an audience, some discussions won't go well.

Check out your counselor's Schoology page or the website below to see the nonverbal communication activity students went through in class this month.