Welcome to the MBMS Counseling Department!

6th Grade Counselor

Christina Robertson

7th Grade Counselor

Jen Grant-Rucker

8th Grade Counselor

Jeff Amaral

Student Success Counselor

Lauren Galbraith

Anti-Bullying Video


MBMS Social Emotional Learning (SEL) Week

From March 7-11, Manhattan Beach Middle School highlighted the importance of SEL by offering a week of activities and in-class instruction. These activities focused on building the skills and SEL competencies needed for students to thrive in and out of the classroom.

Students learned how to understand and manage their emotions and achieve personal and collective goals, feel and show empathy for others, establish and maintain supportive relationships, make responsible and caring decisions, and demonstrate behaviors that contribute to academic success.

Research shows SEL instruction can create more positive school climates, increase academic achievement, improve mental health and wellness.

Welcome incoming 6th Graders for 2022-23!
Check out this welcome video to MBMS

Incoming 6th graders and new students!

Check out our lesson from last year on getting to know your counselor!

6th Google Classroom Code


7th Google Classroom Code


8th Google Classroom Code


May is Mental Health Awareness Month

Mental Health Awareness week is May 10-16th. In an effort to increase our students’ mindfulness regarding their own mental health, the counseling department is presenting a very short video, each day, tackling one aspect of mental health. In an effort to connect school and home, we are asking that parents/guardians check-in with their children about the topics, each day. How about at dinnertime?

Below, you will find a framework to follow. We want this to be easy for children and parents, but most of all, we want to foster healthy discussion in your home about mental health. Thanks for your support in this process!

Monday: What is Mental Health? and What does Stigma mean?


Mental health affects how we think, how we feel, and how we behave. Stigma is a negative attitude toward something. For some, it is difficult to discuss one’s mental health because of the stigma around the subject.

Conversation starter at home: “Do we talk openly about our mental health in our family, or is there a stigma surrounding mental health in our home?”

Tuesday: Negative Self-Talk


Reinforcing that something across your day that was positive is a great start to combating negative self-talk. Some people will resist speaking positively about themselves. Sometimes it's the small things that help us build confidence. You can celebrate the small wins such as "I raised my hand in Math and got the right answer", "I turned my PE assignment in on time", "that girl who I thought hated me said ‘hi’ to me today."

Conversation starter at home: "Let's all share something positive that happened during the day?" Try modeling for them something that made you feel good about yourself that day.

Wednesday: Gratitude

Click here to watch the video

Practicing gratitude is important, especially during challenging times. When you express gratitude, you will experience a positive change in your overall well-being. Showing gratefulness on a regular basis will enhance your self-esteem, reduce anxiety, improve your sleep, and increase mental strength and resiliency. Take a Gratitude Walk and appreciate your surroundings.

Conversation starter at home: “I am grateful for my family because…”. “Something good happened this week…”“I am thankful for my friendship with… because…”“I am grateful for who I am because…”

Thursday: Self-Care


Self-care is proven to reduce stress and anxiety levels while increasing self-compassion. It is important to make time for things you enjoy! Even if it’s just 15 minutes a day, set aside time to do something you find fun or relaxing—it will release chemical messengers in your body that are good for your physical and mental health!

Conversation starter at home: Have each family member rank their top three self-care activities. “If there was more time during the week, what other fun things would each of us do?”

ACT for 2/24/21.mp4

2/24 SEL Lesson

ACT: Acknowledge, Care & Tell

2/10 SEL Lesson
Empathy and Kindness

Feb 10 Empathy & Kindness.mp4
SEL February 3, 2021 - Kindness.mp4

2/3 SEL Lesson Kindness

Can't find your files in Google Drive?? Here's how to Organize it!

How to Organize Google Classroom.webm

Wellness Wednesday 12/16:
Keep On...A brief lesson on resilience with a little laughter!

12/16 Wellness Wednesday.mp4

Wellness Wednesday 10/21:
Managing your Time & Staying Organized!

SEL 10/21 - Google Slides.webm

Wellness Wednesday:
Self Advocacy...you got this!!


Check them out HERE!