Counseling Department

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UPDATE ON 10/6/2017

Good morning, students. Today we are going to watch a short presentation from our counselors and psychologist. After watching the video, I will initial next to your name on our roster, indicating you have seen the video, as you will be held accountable for making sure you are making healthy choices in order manage your emotions. There have been many students from the class of 2024 who are exhibiting self harm behaviors, preventing North from achieving our vision of becoming a school where students exhibit high academic behavior in a positive climate. Let’s work together to be safer, smarter, and healthier. Thanks in advance for your time and attention to this presentation.

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Dear Parents and Guardians,

We are the School Counselors at North Middle School and we would like to take this opportunity to introduce ourselves. Christa Haycock joined the North Family during the 2016-2017 school year and is responsible for students with last names M-Z. Jordann Lewis joined the North family this school year and is responsible for students with last names A-L.

As School Counselors, our primary responsibility is to promote the academic, personal, and social development of all students. We look forward to offering support to the students, staff, families and community. We will be meeting with students individually and in small groups, conducting classroom lessons using the MindUp curriculum, meeting with parents, collaborating with teachers and staff, and consulting with community organizations to benefit and meet the needs of all North students and families.

Any student can request to meet with the Counselors or they can be referred by a teacher, administrator, or parent. We encourage you to reach out if you have concerns regarding your child. If you would like for us to meet with your child please do not hesitate to contact us.

We are here to help students achieve their personal/social and academic goals, as well as provide support for the parents and teachers. Mrs. Haycock can be reached by email at clhaycock@aps.k12.co.us or phone at 303-364-7411 extension 25643. Miss Lewis can be reached by email at jmlewis@aps.k12.co.us or phone at 303-364-7411 extension 25629.

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."

Middle School Counselors Implement the School Counseling Program by Providing:

School Guidance Curriculum

-Academic skills support

-Organizational, study and test-taking skills

-Education in understanding self and others

-Coping strategies

-Peer relationships and effective social skills

-Communication, problem-solving, decision-making and conflict resolution

-Career awareness, exploration and planning

-Substance abuse education

-Multicultural/diversity awareness

Individual Student Planning

-Goal-setting/decision- making

-Academic planning

-Career planning

-Education in understanding of self, including strengths and weaknesses

-Transition planning

Responsive Services

-Individual and small group counseling

-Individual/family/school crisis intervention

-Peer facilitation

-Consultation/collaboration

-Referrals

System Support

-Professional development

-Consultation, collaboration and teaming

-Program management and operation

Middle School Counselors Collaborate With:

Parents

*Parent information night

*Communication/networking

*Academic planning programs

*Parent and family education

*One-on-one parent conferencing

*Assessment results interpretation

*Resource referrals

*College/career exploration


Teachers

*Career portfolio development

*Assistance with students’ academic plans

*Classroom guidance activities on study skills, career development, etc.

*Academic support, learning style assessment and education to help students succeed academically

*Classroom career speakers

*At-risk student identification and implementation of interventions to enhance success

*Parent communication/education


Administrators

*School climate

*Behavioral management plans

*School-wide needs assessment

*Student data and results

*Student assistance team building

*Leadership


Students

*Peer education

*Peer support

*Academic support

*School climate

*Leadership development


Community

*Job shadowing, service learning

*Crisis interventions

*Referrals

*Parenting classes

*Support groups

*Career education

Credit: American School Counseling Association (2017); https://www.schoolcounselor.org/school-counselors-members/careers-roles/why-middle-school-counselors


cONCERNS

If you are concerned about your student, please complete this form HERE.

For more information, contact Ms. Haycock at clhaycock@aps.k12.co.us or Ms. Lewis at jmlewis@aps.k12.co.us or 303-364-7411.