Merrill Middle School Counseling Program

Welcome! Here you will find information about how the school counseling program serves Merrill Middle School students. We aim to provide comprehensive, developmentally appropriate, and culturally sensitive services to empower all students as they prepare for success in college, career, and the world. All students are encouraged to pursue high academic achievement, career exploration, and personal/social growth.

DURING 2019-2020, OUR School counsELING PROGRAM PROVIDES SUPPORT IN THESE AREAS:

Personal- Social

  • Individual or Group meetings
  • Peer/Friendship Concerns
  • Crisis intervention
  • School adjustment concerns
  • Referrals to community agencies

Academic

  • Study Skills
  • High School choice support/planning
  • Academic Planning
  • Transitions through grade levels
  • Goal Setting
  • Class Scheduling Support

CArEER/ COLLEGE

  • Individual Career and Academic Plans (ICAP) classroom and small group lessons
  • College and Career lessons for advisement
  • Provide support with AVID Program

Icap- Individual careEr and academic plans

ICAP lessons are the basic foundation for students to explore their career passions and opportunities. Starting with sixth grade and continuing throughout high school, students create and update an ongoing plan which includes counselor-led activities on career interest, goal setting, college opportunities, financial aid, and non-cognitive skills which increase academic success.

6Th Grade

  • Introduce note-taking and other study skills for middle school success
  • Complete learning style inventory
  • Take Holland Career Interest survey
  • View careers that fit their personality style
  • Introduce SMART goal setting

7th Grade

  • Create a resume
  • Review Holland Career types
  • Complete Strengths Explorer
  • Introduce post-secondary options
  • Discuss motivation and mindset

8th Grade

  • Explore Career Cluster Model
  • Attend 8th Grade Career Fair
  • Discuss High School Options (magnet, charter, traditional, and pathway)
  • Introduce credits/transcripts
  • Explore college costs/post-secondary options

Contact InformATION

LINDSAY UNKS-MERRILL MIDDLE SCHOOL COUNSELOR

702-424-0608