SMS Counseling

Office Hours and Information

Monday - Friday

7:30am-4:00pm

Counselors begin seeing students at 7:45am or parents by appointment.

Students are welcome to come in before and after school, or fill-out a request form to be seen during school hours.

Parents are welcome to call or email to schedule an appointment.


Our counselors divide their case-load by student last name.

Please see below to contact your child's counselor.

A-K: Mrs. Malais

anna.malais@simivalleyusd.org

L-Z: Mrs. Herzer

tammy.herzer@simivalleyusd.org

Registrar: Ms. Portillo, ext: 7012

ana.portillo@simivalleyusd.org

What does a school counselor do?

We are here to help all students solve their problems, reduce any fear, and contribute to the academic success for all students. Your school counselor can help all students with:


  • Academic achievement
  • Personal/social development

  • Career development

  • Conflict resolutions

  • Crisis Intervention

  • Bullying

  • Peer pressure

  • And anything else that you need help with!

Confidentiality:

We practice the following confidentiality policy in our office:

Everything you say in (here) stays in here, unless…

*You are going to hurt yourself.

*You are being hurt by others.

*You want to hurt others.

*You give me permission to share.

School counselors recognize their primary obligation for confidentiality is to the student but balance that obligation with an understanding of the family or guardians’ legal and inherent rights to be the guiding voice in their children’s lives.

(ASCA Code of Ethics, 2010, A.2.d).

Tips for a successful year:

  1. Make school a focus in your life. School is your job!
  2. If you are struggling, ask for help- start with your teacher.
  3. Talk about assignments with friends.
  4. Make your own study guide - the more you write things out the more you’ll remember.
  5. Make study cards.
  6. Stay organized throughout the year- make one day “backpack and locker cleanout day”.
  7. Dedicate a space for every class in your binder - make dividers with post it notes and blank paper. This way you can design them however you like!
  8. Use your agenda book! - if you don’t have one, we have free printed copies of agenda pages in the counseling office.
  9. Don’t wait until the last minute. Study a little every night the week before a test.
  10. Set up a study/homework spot - work with your parents to designate just the right space for you. (Some need quiet, some need music in the background.)