The middle schools provide a guidance counselor for each grade level. These counselors remain assigned to the same students throughout the middle school years. Counselors meet with students individually, in small groups, and in larger group settings. In addition, the guidance counselors help to maintain open communication between school and home. They assist with appropriate placement of our youngsters in classes and facilitate the scheduling process for successive years. When our teaching teams meet formally each week, the grade level counselor is present to assist teachers in meeting student needs.
Group Guidance is administered by all of our counselors across all three grade levels. Group Guidance can be the same for some grades such as the orientation program or different at each grade level when a presentation is made concerning the areas of careers.
Each month the guidance counselor assigned to a grade will make relevant presentations in a classroom setting. Most of the time the counselor has a set of predetermined objectives to accomplish. Other times situations on a particular team may prompt the counselor to develop an alternative group guidance presentation.
Some of the most common group guidance presentations would be on the following:
- Orientation to the middle school and the role of the guidance counselor
- Study skills
- Interim progress reports/units needed for promotion
- Peer pressure/self awareness/self-esteem
- Course Selection