COUNSELING SERVICES

Middle School Counselors are committed to providing services to all students in need of academic, behavioral, social, emotional and/or career support. We pride ourselves on the work we do with and for the students in our caseloads.

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Students first!  Our number one priority is working directly with our students, your children.  We accomplish this in several ways: individual conversations, small groups (i.e. new students, lunch bunch, study skills), and whole classroom activities.  We also help open a lot of lockers!

Parents and families.  We encourage communication between home and school, and facilitate communication between teachers, students and families. Please feel free to contact your child’s counselor via email or phone to discuss a concern.  We are available for conferences and also periodically host parent programs.

Teachers and the school community.
  We work closely with teachers and administrators,  during meetings and presentations and individually, to support the needs of all students.

Crisis intervention.  When students experience emergency or crisis situations, counselors are available for immediate support and short-term counseling, and we work with families to provide referral services.

Intervention and Referral Services (I&RS)New Jersey Administrative Code requires each school to have an intervention and/or referral program for at-risk general education students who are experiencing personal, interpersonal or academic difficulties.  Counselors manage I&RS action plans to support individual students’ needs.  Please see our district website for complete information including forms that can be downloaded. 

Section 504.  Counselors manage individual 504 Accommodation Plans for students identified with academic struggles.  Please see our district website for complete information including forms that can be downloaded. 

Developmental guidance lessons.  The middle school counseling program recognizes the unique needs that present at each grade level.  We share time with the grade level teachers to deliver classroom lessons on a variety of topics.  Below you will find the areas of emphasis for each year of middle school.

 Grade 6:

  • Introduction to Middle School and Middle School Guidance
  • Peer Relations
  • Career Exploration: Knowing Your Learning Style

 Grade 7:

  • Academic Integrity
  • Stress Reduction
  • Career Exploration: Building on Your Strengths 

 Grade 8:

  • Goal Setting
  • Transition to High School
  • Career Exploration: Planning for High School and Beyond