Parents, the press, administrators and the general public often wonder just what it is that school counselors do on a daily basis. Gone are the days of school counselors sitting in their office simply handing out college applications, making schedule changes for students who want to drop a class or meeting with the troublemakers in the school. Today's school counselors are vital members of the education team. They help all students in the areas of academic achievement; personal/social development and career development, ensuring today's students become the productive, well-adjusted adults of tomorrow. (ASCA website, 2012)
Mrs. Lipo is a former certified teacher and certified guidance counselor. Mrs. Lipo has over 20 years experience in counseling at the high school level. She comes to us with expertise in careers and what colleges expect from our students. Mrs. Lipo works with students whose last name begins with Li to Z.
Mrs. Baldwin is a certified guidance counselor that comes to us with over 13 years experience in community counseling. She has experience working with all age groups and in a variety of mental health environments. Mrs. Baldwin works with students whose last names begin with A to Le.
So what exactly can you expect from your child’s middle school counselor?
As your child’s counselor, we support them in their efforts to learn, assist them in their social and emotional growth, and guide them in their transitions into the Middle School and High School. We meet with students one-on-one and in small groups teaching skills in decision-making, problem solving, anger management, interpersonal issues, academic issues and career preparedness. We have also conducted small groups which ran for approximately eight sessions focusing on issues such as divorce, self-image, anger management, friendship, study skills and test anxiety as needed. If we cannot provide a solution, we make referrals to outside agencies that can provide more intensive services.
We are also members of the Student Assistance Team, Bully Prevention and Child Study Team. These teams further address the academic and emotional needs of our students. Referrals to the Student Assistance Team can be made by a concerned peer, parent, teacher or community member. The purpose of these groups is to identify children “at risk” and link them with appropriate services.
We work as partners with parents, teachers, community agencies and students to make the middle school years as productive as possible. We extend an open invitation to all parents to call us at any time with any questions or concerns, or just to keep us informed. We can be reached at (570) 842-4588.
Resources for Parents include:
Guidance: Although we have specific students for which we are responsible, we work very closely as a team. Therefore, it is never the case that a student can not be seen because the “assigned” counselor is not available. If we are out of the office for a meeting, the student can fill out a counselor request form. We make every effort to see a student within 24 hours of the request.
Faculty: Each team is listed on the public sight. Each teacher has a website that is updated regularly. If you click on the globe next to the teacher’s name you will be linked to the website and will be able to access important information such as dates for upcoming tests, or projects as well as homework assignments. Some teachers even have their handouts as a link to aid in studying.
Bully referrals: (This can be accessed online by clicking the superman symbol on the middle school website.) This form will be submitted anonymously to our bully committee and will be addressed within 3 school days. If the referral requires a more immediate response, it should be made directly to administration or guidance.
Home Access: Forms can be found on the public website under the parent tab, click on Home Access FAQ. This will allow you to see your child’s grades and missed assignments, etc.