Welcome to the WMS Counseling Department


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Welcome to the WMS Counseling Department

  1. 1. Welcome to the Counseling Department Walkersville Middle School
  2. 2. What is the purpose of today’s visit? <ul><li>Learn about the counseling department at WMS. </li></ul><ul><li>Learn about the students at WMS. </li></ul><ul><li>Discuss bullying, harassment and the consequences. </li></ul><ul><li>Discuss the procedure for scheduling a formal appointment. </li></ul><ul><li>Learn some tips for having a successful year at WMS. </li></ul>
  3. 3. School Counselors <ul><li>Grade 8 Mrs. Twilley </li></ul><ul><li>Grade 7 Mr. Mavis </li></ul><ul><li>Grade 6 Mrs. Manry </li></ul>
  4. 4. Secretaries <ul><li> Registrar Mrs. Fyock </li></ul><ul><li>Attendance Mrs. Marple </li></ul>
  5. 5. What does a school counselor do??? <ul><li>Helps students select courses and plan school schedule </li></ul><ul><li>Explores and identifies career options with students </li></ul><ul><li>Works with students individually and in small groups </li></ul><ul><li>Plans and participates in classroom lessons </li></ul><ul><li>Facilitates mediations between </li></ul><ul><li>peers </li></ul>
  6. 6. <ul><li>Helps students to solve problems at home and at school </li></ul><ul><li>Helps students to make good decisions </li></ul><ul><li>Recognizes Lions of the Week </li></ul><ul><li>Completes Individual Counseling Record with each student </li></ul><ul><li>Communicates regularly with teachers and parents </li></ul><ul><li>Monitors grades and attendance </li></ul><ul><li>Helps all students to be successful in middle school </li></ul>
  7. 7. Where can you see your school counselor? <ul><li>Counseling office </li></ul><ul><li>Classroom </li></ul><ul><li>Cafeteria/recess </li></ul><ul><li>Hallways </li></ul><ul><li>Before and after school </li></ul>
  8. 8. How do I schedule an appointment with the counselor? <ul><li>Self –referral (appointment request) </li></ul><ul><li>Parent referral </li></ul><ul><li>Referral from a friend </li></ul><ul><li>Referral from teacher or administrator </li></ul><ul><li>Request from counselor </li></ul><ul><li>The information shared is confidential except when someone’s safety is at risk. </li></ul>
  9. 9. Where is the counseling office? <ul><li>Near the front of the building across from the main office. </li></ul><ul><li>You must have a pass from a teacher before coming to the counseling office. </li></ul>
  10. 10. Who makes up the WMS family? <ul><li>About 80 staff members – administrators, counselors, teachers, support staff </li></ul><ul><li>802 students – grade 6 (267), grade 7 (283), grade 8 (252) </li></ul><ul><li>African American, American Indian, Asian and Hispanic – about 20% of total school population </li></ul>
  11. 11. What is diversity? <ul><li>The inclusion of people of different races and cultures in an organization </li></ul><ul><li>Differences, what makes each of us unique </li></ul><ul><li>Accept, respect and learn from each other </li></ul><ul><li>Follow the Golden Rule </li></ul>Respect & Celebrate Differences
  12. 12. What is bullying? <ul><li>An intentional and hurtful act </li></ul><ul><li>Any behavior that hurts, threatens, scares or creates fear in someone </li></ul><ul><li>Verbal, written, emotional, physical or electronic </li></ul><ul><li>Can interfere with learning, cause grades to suffer, lead to absenteeism, damage self-esteem, cause social & emotional problems </li></ul>
  13. 13. What can you do? <ul><li>Report the bullying incident to an adult </li></ul><ul><li>Complete a green Bullying Reporting Form </li></ul><ul><li>Speak up when someone is being bullied, offer support to the victim </li></ul><ul><li>Include students who are left out </li></ul><ul><li>Show respect to all classmates, no matter how different their interests, skin color, religion, culture, gender, income, physical appearance or abilities. </li></ul><ul><li>WMS is a bully free zone. </li></ul>
  14. 14. What are some tips for having a successful year at WMS? <ul><li>Attend school every day and be on time. </li></ul><ul><li>Follow all school rules. </li></ul><ul><li>Be organized. </li></ul><ul><li>Turn in assignments on time. </li></ul><ul><li>Participate in class. </li></ul><ul><li>Set aside at least 1 hour daily for homework. </li></ul><ul><li>Be respectful to everyone. </li></ul><ul><li>Ask for help when you need it. </li></ul>Have a positive attitude!
  15. 15. Homework – agenda entry <ul><li>Share letter and other information with your parents. </li></ul>Have a great year. Let me know how I can help. At WMS we R.O.A.R. to success