Welcome to Canonsburg Middle School's Counseling Department!

Announcements and News!!

Have a Safe Summer! See you on Monday, August 28th for a new school year!

For a few safety tips for your middle schooler online please read the article, "School's Out: Summer Safety Tips for Teens".



We are active in our schools by providing:

Crisis Intervention

Individual Student Counseling

Classroom Instruction

Parent and Teacher Consultation

Agency Referrals

Transition Services for New Students

Administering the School Testing Programs

Co-Facilitating Student Groups IE) friendship, grief and loss, divorce, study skills, among others



Contact Information

Mr. Gillespie - 724-745-9030; ext. 1204

Mrs. Hedderman - 724-745-9030; ext. 1203

Please click here for Our Credentials

What is bullying?

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, bullying is: 

  •         Unwanted aggressive behavior(s) from youth other than a      sibling or current dating partner;
  •          Observed or perceived power imbalance, which could be physical size, numbers of students, social status;
  •         Repeated or likely to be repeated, but does not have to be repeated;
  •         Meant to inflict harm or distress. 

What does bullying look like?

  • Direct bullying:  hitting, pushing, spitting, taunting, threatening
  • Indirect bullying:  exclusion, rumors, getting someone else to hurt a child
  • Cyberbullying:  ongoing intentionally negative communication that is directed at an individual or group of individuals conducted via electronic communication via texts, emails, instant messaging, social media, etc.

For more information on bullying go to:

Center for Safe Schools:   http://www.safeschools.info/bullying-prevention

Federal Stopbullying:  http://www.stopbullying.gov/

Don't be a bystander- be an Upstander!
Stand up against bullying!

What’s the Right Age for Teens to Start Dating? The Great Debate

Please use the link below to read this helpful article!


Two Excerpts...

"Boys and girls who start dating between the ages of 11-and-a-half and 13 may experience more academic and behavioral problems than their peers, according to a study published in the Journal of Adolescence. Their lack of maturity leaves them ill-prepared to handle some of the common emotions and issues that couples face..."

Most recommend 15 and 16 as the ideal ages to begin dating. For Ron Eagar, a pediatrician at Denver Health Medical Center, the magic number is 16. “There’s an enormous difference between a fourteen- or fifteen-year-old and a sixteen- or seventeen-year-old in terms of life experience,” he told HealthyChildren.org, the website for the AAP."