Why Middle School Counselors?
“Middle School is an exciting, yet challinging time for students, their parents and teachers. During this time from childhood to adolescence, middle school students are characterized by a need to explore a variety of interest, and connecting their learning in the classroom to its practical application in life. Students search for their own unique identity as they begin turning more frequently to peers rather than parents for ideas and affirmation. Middle school counselors are professional educators with a mental health perspective who understand the needs presented by today’s diverse student population. They provide proactive leadership that engages all stakeholders in the delivery of programs and services to help students achieve success in school.” (ASCA, 2007)
After School Tutoring Hours
Tuesday & Thursday
(3:30pm – 4:30pm)
Parents are able to view their student(s) academic progress by using our online grading system called PowerSchool (http://powerschool.hesperiausd.org/public). PowerSchool provides parents with grades, class work, homework, and test scores. Parents are also able to communicate with their child’s teacher via e-mail. Students received their access codes at the beginning of the year. If you did not receive yours or have misplaced it, please feel free to contact the school at 760-244-6093.
School Counselors Help Children by…
- Promoting positive attitudes among students toward self, family, peers and community
- Assisting students in learning how school performance relates to future opportunities
- Working collaboratively with students, parents and teachers to identify and remove barriers to learning
- Helping students to recognize and make the best of their abilities
- Counseling with students individually and in groups
- Providing support during personal crisis
- Orienting new students
- Supporting students by teaching skills for achieving success
Counselors are the heart of the school by…
- Helping create a safe school environment where children can learn
- Working with students on attendance issues
- Coordinating referrals to outside agencies
- Helping design interventions to enhance student success
- Developing community partnerships to enhance student career awareness
- Helping students learn skills such as anger management, organization, conflict resolution, and mediation
Why do Parents Contact the School Counselor?
- Concerns over student achievement
- Family health problems
- New School Registration
- Test Interpretation
- Discussing special needs of their child
- Early discussion of potential crises
- Family difficulties or concern
How does a Student see a Counselor?
- Request of a counselor
- Parent referral
- Administrative referral
- Teacher or other staff referral
- Referral by friend(s)
Rachel’s Challenge exists to equip and inspire individuals to replace acts of violence, bullying, and negativity with acts of respect, kindness, and compassion. Rachel’s Challenge is based on the life and writings of Rachel Joy Scott who was the first victim of the Columbine school shootings in 1999. Through her example, Rachel’s Challenge is making a positive impact in the lives of millions of people everyyear.
Rachel’s inspiring story provides a simple, yet powerful example of how small acts of kindness and acceptance motivate us to consider our relationships with the people we come in contact with every day. Rachel’s Challenge renews our hope that our life has meaning and purpose. Rachel’s story gives us permission to start our own chain reaction of kindness and compassion, which positively affects the climate in our schools and communities
Safe School Ambassadors ( SSA ):
The Safe School Ambassadors (SSA) Program was developed in 1999 to help students prevent and stop mistreatment and violence amongst their peers. Students see, hear, and know things adults don’t, they are typically the first responders on the scene of an incident, and can intervene in ways that adults can’t. While adults may make and enforce the rules at school, students create and maintain the social norms that dictate what’s acceptable, what’s cool, and what’s not.
Research shows that the approximately 85 percent of students are passive bystanders to peer mistreatment; they watch or walk by when it is happening. Most often they do not intervene because they fear retaliation, humiliation, or don’t know what to do or say. But this silence speaks volumes because it reinforces an environment where it’s “cool to be cruel.”
The SSA program trains and mobilizes “socially influential” students (the students who shape the school’s norms) from diverse groups and cliques on campus to become agents of change – Ambassadors – and moves them from being bystanders to “upstanders” who are willing and able to stand up against mistreatment. The program begins with a two-day training in which students, with the support of a small cadre of adults, learn nonviolent communication and intervention skills to prevent and deescalate mistreatment when they see it on campus. It is sustained throughout the year via small groups called Family Groups, which meet and provide time for student Ambassadors to practice skills, share experiences, deepen bonds, and receive support from adult facilitators.
Ms. Yadira Moreno
Phone ext. 3314
Miss Genevieve Lewis
Phone ext. 3304