Counseling Office

618-566-2305

Appointments

Student appointments can be made by visiting the Counseling Office before school, during school, during class breaks, or after school. Parents may make appointments by phoning 618-566-2305 between 8:00-3:30 each school day.

New students may register Monday through Friday between the hours of 8:00am-2:00pm. All new students are required to schedule an appointment with the counselor.

Counselor

Counseling Secretary

Social Worker

Social Worker

Expectations for Transition to Middle School

What can I expect from my child during the middle school years?

Early adolescence, the middle school years, is a time of dramatic changes for your youth. At no other time of their lives will they grow more socially, emotionally, and physically than during the middle school years. This is a time of contradictions, challenges, and great rewards. During this time you might expect the following:

SOCIALLY

Develop loyalties to peer groups Strong need to feel connected to others Worry about fitting in Challenges authority figures, including parents and teachers, begin to develop meaningful relationships

EMOTIONALLY

Trying to identify their individual uniqueness. Continual hormonal growth triggers mood swings Extremely self conscious and vulnerable to episodes of low self esteem Feelings are intensified and they tend to take things personally If you don't like their attitude, wait a few minutes, it may change

PHYSICALLY

Dramatic physical growth Great appetites Bones grow faster than muscles Erratic growth often results in lack of coordination Acute awareness of physical development Physical growth occurs before social and emotional maturity

INTELLECTUALLY

Intense curiosity Learn best when actively involved in the learning experience Learn best when they see the activity as real and relevant to them Develop a sense of humor Put academics second to their social and emotional concerns

Mental Health Diagnosis in Children and Adolescents

Challenges Facing Students

Local Support

Depression and Suicide Communities Health Adolescent

Depression and Suicide (CHADS)

314-469-6644

Eating Disorders

McCallum Place

314-498-9495

Mental Illness (general)

Karla Smith Foundation

618-624-5711

1-888-644-5886 (Youth-staffed crisis line every day after 4:00pm)