School Counselor

School Counseling Department

Counseling services are available to all students and parents/caregivers to assist in educational, vocational, and personal/social/emotional concerns.  At the Gates Middle school, a school counselor is assigned to work with each grade of students.  This counselor loops with the grade allowing them to work with a student throughout their time at Gates. School counselors provide services to students, parents, school staff and the community through direct and indirect services.   Direct services include the delivery of school counseling curriculum to all students, individual student planning, and responsive services (individual or small group counseling and crisis intervention).  Indirect services are provided on behalf of students and can include referrals to outside agencies or resources and consultation and/or collaboration with staff.

School Counselors work intimately with their students to help develop and implement a successful middle school experience that meets their individual goals and objectives.Counselors meet with students individually throughout the year, along with small group meetings to discuss student interests, abilities and educational and vocational opportunities.  Working collaboratively with caregivers, students, faculty and administrators, counselors help students identify and implement strategies in addressing issues ranging from academic performance and motivation to depression, anxiety, substance abuse, peer and family conflict and more. Upon referral, the School Adjustment Counselor may provide services to students and families with more acute social, emotional, and behavioral needs. School Counselors may provide confidential individual and group meetings with students and families. 

In addition, School Counselors chair Section 504 Plans for students in their caseloads and are active members of the Rti, and Student Support Teams, which create, implement and monitor timely intervention and support plans for struggling students. Students and parents/caregivers are encouraged to consult with his/her school counselor at any time during the school year.  

School counseling classes are regularly scheduled throughout the year for all Gates students.  Classes in the 6th grade are taught independently by the 6th grade school counselor.  Classes in the 7th and 8th grade are embedded within the Wellness Block and are taught independently by the 7th and 8th grade counselor or collaboratively, with the Health Teacher.  The School Counseling curriculum is aligned with the Massachusetts Model for School Counseling as well as the American School Counselor Association and covers the following domains: Academic, Personal/Social/Emotional Development and Career Exploration and Workplace Readiness.  School Counselors utilize evidenced-based curriculum including Second StepThe Great Body Shop, and Break Free from Depression, to support their instruction.  At the start of each school year, counselors will share their prospective syllabus with students and families.  Here are some of the topics that may be covered:  Sixth Grade: Transitioning to Middle School, Goal Setting, Understanding Yourself, Working in Groups, Friends and Allies, Considering Perspectives, Disagreeing Respectfully, Being Assertive, Understanding Emotions and Emotional Management, Coping with Stress, Problem Solving.  Seventh Grade: Goal Setting, Becoming a Life Long Learner, Understanding Learning Styles, Study Skills, Working in Groups, Disagreeing Respectfully, Negotiation and Compromise, Giving and Getting Support, Understanding Anger, Staying in Control, Coping with Stress,  Empathy, Effective Communication, Problem Solving. Eighth Grade: Goal Setting, Becoming a Life Long Learner, Working in Groups, Leaders and Allies, Handling Differences, Negotiating and Compromise, De-escalating a Tense Situation, Coping with Stress, Career Exploration, Identifying Depression and Getting Help, Transitioning to High School, etc. 

 

Meet our Counseling Staff for 2019-2020:

6th Grade School Counselor:  Amy Mahoney, amahoney@scit.org      781-545-8760 x21106

7th Grade School Counselor:  Nancy Driscoll, ndriscoll@scit.org         781-545-8760 x21107

8th Grade School Counselor:  Nina Riley, nriley@scit.org                  781-545-8760 x21105

School Psychologist:  Cassondra McNamara, cmcnamara@scit.org 781-545-8760 x21108

School Adjustment Counselor:  Lindsay Newton, lnewton@scit.org   781-545-8760 

School Counseling Chair, PK-12:  Tammy Rundle, trundle@scit.org, 781-545-8750 x370

 

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SPS School Counseling Mission Statement

The mission of the Scituate Public Schools’ School Counseling Department is to provide a comprehensive and developmental school counseling program of services that promotes the academic, social/emotional, and career potential of all students. Through counseling, advocacy, collaboration, leadership, and systemic change, counselors navigate students to become life-long learners, responsible community members, and to achieve personal excellence.

 


 

 

 

 

 

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