The goal of the North Shore Middle School Counseling Department is to help students reach their full potential academically, explore themselves emotionally, build connections socially and develop a positive identity. As counselors, we are here to help students overcome many of the challenges facing middle school students today. Our vision is one in which every student is motivated, builds a sense of resiliency, develops a healthy self-esteem and feels empowered to make wise decisions. We are here to advocate for your children throughout their three years of middle school. As parents, you are critically important to their happiness and success. Together, we can work towards making this experience a strong and productive foundation for the future.
The North Shore school counseling program strives to empower students to become independent and productive individuals through a developmentally age-appropriate program. School counselors provide support in the area of academic, social, personal and college and career counseling services. We work collaboratively with other disciplines to ensure that our students are strong communicators and collaborators who can think and problem solve creativity while upholding personal and civic responsibility.
Students in the North Shore school district have the opportunity to work with a state-certified school counselor in a variety of different capacities, whether it is through classroom lessons, group, or individual counseling.
School Counselors support students personally and socially, academically and with college and career readiness.
School counselors help students grow personally and socially in:
• Developing self-knowledge
• Making effective decisions
• Developing relationship skills
• Making healthy choices
• Resolving conflicts
School counselors assist students in educational planning by:
• Setting, reflecting, and reaching goals
• Developing a positive attitude toward learning
• Understanding individual learning styles
• Developing an educational plan
• Providing academic advising
• Improving study and test-taking skills
• Recognizing and utilizing academic strengths
School counselors help students become college and career ready by:
• Exploring college and career opportunities
• Developing skills in college and career decision-making
• Analyzing the interrelationships of interests and abilities
• Understanding college and career readiness
• Using college and career planning tools to determine postsecondary options
School Counseling Services are delivered in three ways: individual student planning, responsive services and/or through consultation.
Individual Student Planning
School counselors work with students to identify short- and long-term academic, personal-social, and college and career goals. Utilizing these goals, counselors help students and families identify current and future courses of study, possible barriers to success, and solutions. In this way, school counselors and students are able to plan for goal-attainment while also reinforcing problem-solving and critical thinking skills.
School counselors are able to provide assistance to students and schools in moments of need through individual and group or classroom lessons. By building relationships with students, teachers, administrators, parents, and community members, counselors are quickly able to respond to one child or an entire school with resources and support.
The school counselor is available to parents, teachers, and other educational professionals to discuss student concerns and develop proactive plans for student achievement. School counselors are knowledgeable about the educational process; child and adolescent development; and local, state, and national resources. Through this collaboration and their awareness of the "whole" child, school counselors are able to build bridges to academic success.
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