February Counselor's Corner

Mills Park Middle School

February is a busy month in the school counseling world. We start the month off recognizing National School Counseling Week the week of Feb. 3-7. National School Counseling Week, sponsored by the American School Counselor Association (ASCA), highlights the positive impacts school counselors can have in helping students achieve school success and plan for a career.

Some more about the roles of the School Counselor...

School counselors design and deliver comprehensive, developmentally appropriate school counseling programs that promote student success both personally and academically. Today’s school counselors are important members of the education team and work collaboratively with students, teachers, and families to help students in the areas of academic achievement, career and social/emotional development. In order to help today’s students become the productive, well- adjusted adults of tomorrow, the counselor is there to help remove barriers to learning and success by collaborating to teach students decision-making skills, character values, study skills, relationship skills, and coping skills in order to address the needs of the whole child.

Celebrating African American History Month

February is also the month we recognize the important contributions that African Americans have made to American history and helps deepen our understanding of our Nation’s history. Throughout this month, MPMS students will participate in a Black History Month poster contest with their homeroom classes as well as participate in other school-wide learning opportunities.

Tip of the Month...

February is also the month of Valentines Day when many Americans celebrate love and friendship. With love and friendship being a central theme of February, this is a good opportunity for parents to consider how well their child has developed a sense of kindness and compassion towards others. Did you know you can do specific things to help develop kindness and empathy in your child. The following article from the American Psychological Association outlines some important ways parents can help instill kindness and responsible actions towards others.


MPMS Student Services Department

Contact the School Counselor

6th Grade Pumas, Lions, and Bobcats

Ms. Rhonda Kennedy - rkennedy@wcpss.net

6th Grade Tigers and Jaguars

Ms. Alison Vroome - avroome@wcpss.net

7th Grade Gold Teams

Ms. Alyson Leiva - aleiva@wcpss.net

7th Grade Purple Teams

Ms. Alicia Wiggins- awiggins@wcpss.net

8th Grade

Mr. Michael Briggs- mbriggs@wcpss.net