Welcome to Helen Keller Middle School Counseling Support Page

The goal to the HKMS Counseling Support team is to promote success and well being by working cooperatively working with students, parents, teachers, staff and the community. Each member of the HKMS counseling support team provides unique services within the HKMS community.

Talking about Race, Racism, and Violence with Children

Your Kids Aren't Too Young to Talk About Race: Resource Roundup

How White Parents Can Use Media to Raise Anti-Racist Kids

National Museum of African American History and Culture "Talking About Race"

Supporting Vulnerable Students in Stressful Times: Tips for Parents

Talking to children about terrorist attacks and school and community shootings in the news

Racism and Violence: How to Help Kids Handle the News

Say Their Names: A toolkit to help foster productive conversation about race and civil disobedience

Take Care of your Mental Health During Distance Learning

Coping with Distance Learning From the HKMS & SSES Counseling Department

  • Take breaks from the news stories about COVID-19. Too much information can overwhelming.

  • Take care of yourself by getting enough sleep, eating healthy, and making sure you are still moving.

    • Practice mindfulness

    • Take a walk outside

    • Have fun cooking healthy recipes

  • Make connections with family or friends virtually through Google hangout or Facetime

  • Practice hobbies and activities you enjoy.

Go to the Resources tab to see more like these:

The HKMS Counseling Support team provides a variety of services including:

Individual Counseling

Individual counseling is confidential (unless safety is a concern). During these sessions students issues are addressed, such as academic progress, problem solving, goal setting, personal problems affecting school and other issues that may be impacting learning.

Group Counseling

Groups are formed when a common needs arise for small groups of students. Some examples include, transition to middle school, preparing to transition to high school, balancing school/social life, and peer conflicts.

Click to read more about each team member

Ms. Kimberly Heran, School Social Worker,

Ms. Meredith Klatt, School Psychologist,

Mr. Timothy Sather, Academic Mentoring Counselor,

Dr. Patricia Thomas, School Counselor,

If you have any questions or concerns, parents are always welcome to contact us by phone, email or schedule an appointment.

Students are welcome to visit the counseling office. If someone is not available, students are should email to schedule an appointment.