Counseling Year in a Glance

The School Year For The PMS Counselors

Annual Student Meetings
Counselors will meet with each student once a year for their annual meeting. A survey is sent to students prior to the meeting, asking them to reflect on various aspects of student life. The survey is reviewed and discussed at the student’s meeting, which facilitates discussion. While counselors are always accessible throughout the year when issues arise or support is requested, annual student meetings are scheduled using the format below:
          6th Grade Students-Semester 1 (August-October)
          7th Grade Students-Semester 1 (October-December)
8th Grade Students-Semester 2 (January-March)

Early School Year Check In’s
We recognize that some students have needs for support early in the school year. Meeting with these students at the start of the school year is essential for setting them up for a successful start to the year. These include check in’s with new students to the district and students with Section 504 Plans.

Counseling Support
School Counselors use short-term and goal-focused counseling for individuals or small groups in the school setting. They do not provide therapy or long-term counseling in schools. They are prepared to recognize and respond to student needs and to assist students and families seeking resources. Support is available for all areas of student life, including but not limited to: academic struggles, organizational support, social dynamics, family life, mood changes, questions or concerns on campus, etc. Students or parents can contact the School Counselor to discuss counseling support as needed.

Conflict Resolution
The School Counselor is a neutral third party who assists in disputing students in resolving conflict through the use of communication and negotiation techniques. We see these as teachable moments to help students understand empathy, communication, ownership of actions, and to empower them to find a restorative outcome.

Crisis Response
Support for students in crisis are designed to meet a student’s immediate need or concern. The School Counselors will assist students and families as they navigate crisis and emergency situations. Student safety is a priority at PMS and we want to ensure your student’s physical and emotional safety are supported.

Student Support Team Meetings (SST)
An SST is a collaborative, school-based, problem-solving team that is organized to address academic, medical, behavioral/emotional and/or other problems which may interfere with a student’s ability to learn. The team includes the student’s teaching team, parents, the School Counselor, and other support staff as needed. Any person on the SST team can request a meeting. Your School Counselor will organize a meeting time and date.

School Counselors also communicate with stakeholders and attend various meetings throughout the school year.

School Counseling Curriculum & Programs

This curriculum consists of structured lessons designed to help students attain the desired competencies and to provide all students with the knowledge, attitudes and skills appropriate for their developmental level.

School Counseling Curriculum includes:

6th Grade Lessons during 6th Period (6 during 6)
Students participating in the 6th Grade Elective Wheel will receive additional lessons each time the wheel rotates. Each rotation there will be a teacher led, counselor supported lesson that covers 3 areas: Peer Mediation Skill Building, Backpack Organization & Mindfulness. The peer mediation topics are age appropriate skills with lessons are empathy, recognizing emotions, communicating with others, just to name a few. These lessons are a preview to the skills students can build upon further in the Peer Mediation Training available to 7th and 8th grade students.

Peer Mediation
Peer Mediation training is offered to students twice each school year, in the fall and spring.  Its goal is to educate and empower students to problem solve and resolve conflict, peer to peer.  It is a process by which two or more students involved in a dispute meet to work out problems with the assistance of a trained student mediator.  We want the Peer Mediation program to empower our students to resolve conflict with their peers, both on and off campus, regardless of where the conflict arises. Peer Mediators are encouraged to support students within the school environment, or they can request a confidential space to hold a mediation.

The Peer Mediation training is lead by the PMS Counselors. It’s a week-long, after school training for 7th and 8th grade students in the fall and spring.  Dates will be announced in our weekly Bulletin and shared on Schoology. Our 8th grade students who receive the training in 7th grade can help lead the training in 8th grade. All students are welcome and are encouraged to apply!

Safe School Ambassadors
The Safe School Ambassadors program is an “inside-out” approach to improving school climate, one that relies on social norms change and the power of students to help stop bullying and violence. Student bystanders see, hear, and know things adults don’t, can intervene in ways adults can’t and are often on the scene of an incident before an adult. They are a critical and under-utilized resource for positively impacting the crisis of bullying in our schools.

The SSA training is a one day event in the fall available for 6th, 7th and 8th graders.  After training, students continue to work in small groups, called Family Groups, with regular lunch meetings. These are supported by a faculty facilitator.  All students are welcome.

Courage Retreat
The Courage Retreat is an event for 7th grade students. Youth Frontiers is a nationally recognized organization that supports students development with specific skill building. PMS works with YF each year to provide a day to inspire students to follow their hearts instead of the crowd, use courage and make responsible decisions despite their fears. They also empower students to be themselves and take positive risks to help make a healthy difference for themselves, their peers and their school. All 7th grade student will participate in lieu of attending class for a day in the spring. PHS students support this incredible day by volunteering their time as small group facilitators and role models.

504 Case Managers

The PMS School Counselors are the 504 Case Managers. Responsibilities include assuring compliance with the Americans with Disabilities (ADA) Act, Sections 503 and 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, and other federal and state laws and regulations pertaining to persons with disabilities. In an effort to support students with a 504 Plan, Counselors will:

Wellness Center

PUSD also supports students with the The Wellness Center. It is located on the PHS campus, but the clinicians support students on PMS campus.  The support that is available through Wellness Center can be more continued and consistent support as they have smaller case load than the School Counselor.  Contact your School Counselor if you wish to make a referral for your student. There could be a waitlist, based on clinician availability. For more information, you can click on the following link: PUSD Wellness Center