Meet Your School Counselors…
- Mrs. Andrea Verdream: Grade 5
- Mrs. Emily Rusnak: Grades 6 and 7
- Mrs. Jodi Williams: Grade 8
The Mission of the David E. Williams Counseling Program is to enable all middle school students 5-8 to experience educational success by providing guidance in the areas of academic, career, and personal/social development; counseling to help students overcome challenges that interfere with learning; and advocacy for an environment that supports high achievement for all students. Through our comprehensive developmental model we will assist all students in acquiring the skills, knowledge, and aptitudes needed to become effective students, responsible citizens, productive workers and lifelong learners.
The vision of David E. Williams Middle School Counseling Department is to create a positive culture and community among students by involving every student in the guidance curriculum. As a department we will provide a data driven program that includes individual counseling, small groups, large group forums and classroom programming to promote student success. No child will go unnoticed and every child will be involved in school beyond academics. Thus, enhancing the child’s sense of self worth and promoting interaction with peers beyond academic classes.
We follow the American School Counselor Association (ASCA) National Model as the framework for developing our school counseling program. Please visit the following website for more detailed information about the model: www.schoolcounselor.org/ and www.ascanationalmodel.org/.
Guidance & Counseling Services:
How can your child set up a meeting with their counselor?
- They can go to the counseling office any time of day and see if their counselor is available
- They can complete a Guidance Request Form and submit it to their HR teacher
- Parent call
- Email from student, parent, teacher, friend….
Types of Counseling:
Individual Counseling- Students are encouraged to use the counseling office for any academic, emotional, or social need. Please note, this is short term counseling and is usually solution focused in nature. In some cases, long term or external counseling is recommended to parents.
Group Counseling- Academic support, study skills, friendship, divorce, anger management, attendance, and new student groups are just some of the many topics we may cover during small group counseling. Group topics are chosen by grade level needs assessments.
Crisis Counseling- Student/Family Crisis and School/Community Crisis
Grade Level Guidance Lessons:
5th Grade- Test taking skills, study tips and organizational skills will be the focus for 5th grade. Bully Free Fridays (BFF) will begin in January.
6th Grade- Character Education and Test Taking Skills.
7th Grade- Relational Aggression (RA). Career Cruising will be introduced to your child during their 7th grade year. You child will explore the 16 career clusters as well as become familiar with the program. 7th grade students will also learn about time management.
8th Grade- Career awareness; continuation of the educational development plan using Career Cruising. This is the beginning of a 5 year plan and will be completed during the student’s computer classes. Individual Student Planning (ISP) is also be a focus as every single 8th grade student will meet with his/her counselor 1:1 at some point during the school year.
Please Note: Further classroom guidance lessons will be conduct according to the needs assessment for that particular class.