ACCORDING TO THE AMERICAN SCHOOL COUNSELING ASSOCIATION (2017)....
"Middle school counselors are professional educators with a mental health perspective who understand and respond to the challenges presented by today’s diverse student population. Middle school counselors do not work in isolation; rather they are integral to the total educational program. They provide proactive leadership that engages all stakeholders in the delivery of programs and services to help students achieve success in school. School counselors align with the school’s mission to support the academic achievement of all students as they prepare for the ever-changing world of the 21st century. This mission is accomplished through the design, development, implementation and evaluation of a comprehensive, developmental and systematic school counseling program. The ASCA National Model: A Framework For School Counseling Programs, with its data-driven and results-based focus, serves as a guide for today’s school counselor, who is uniquely trained to implement this program."
Credit: American School Counseling Association (2017); https://www.schoolcounselor.org/school-counselors-members/careers-roles/why-middle-school-counselors
At Mrachek Middle School, the counselors support our students by providing individual counseling, small group counseling, academic support, behavior intervention, career awareness and exploration, and social/emotional learning.
Each student participates in a Social Emotional Learning Curriculum called Lions Quest. Lions Quest Skills for Adolescence integrates social and emotional learning, character development, drug and bullying prevention, and service-learning for positive youth development. This curriculum is integrated into the 6th grade Wellness classes and 7th and 8th grade Social Studies classes.
All students also complete ICAP tasks (Individual Career Academic Plan) throughout each school year. Each task is aimed to allow students to explore career, academic and postsecondary opportunities. Teachers and counselors help students develop awareness, knowledge, attitudes, and the skills they need to create their own pathways to help them be career and college ready.