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Windsor Middle School

Guidance & Counseling Office

Mr. Stoecklein, Counselor 636-464-4421
kstoecklein@windsor.k12.mo.us

Mrs. Ballew, Counselor 636-464-4422
dballew@windsor.k12.mo.us

Mrs. Hearst, Secretary 636-464-4495
lhearst@windsor.k12.mo.us

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Counselor / Student Case Loads

At Windsor Middle School, we generally assign students to the individual counselors’ caseloads as listed below.  But we also exercise flexibility with these assignments in order to keep siblings with the same counselor, to honor requests, to build on prior student-counselor familiarity, and to maintain current working relationships between students and families with an individual counselor.  Also, if a student comes into our office and his/her assigned counselor is with another student, or is out of the office, the student will always have the option to speak with the counselor that is available.  Our bottom line is always to do what works best for our students.

 Mr. Stoecklein:  Last names ending in A-K/L (flexible)

Mrs. Ballew:  Last names ending in L-Z (flexible)

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***Great Service!!***

By clicking on the APPLE below, you can access the latest issue of “Helping Students Learn.” Each monthly issue includes several topics that are typical for middle school students. Each edition is written for parents of pre-teens and early-teens, and it has tips and suggestions that you may be able to put to work immediately for yourself and your family.
Please take some time and read through the issue each month.

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The Parent Toolkit

A great online resource for parents of kids Pre-k through high school!

 http://www.parenttoolkit.com/

There are different sections for kids Pre-K through high school!  We recommend the middle school section:

http://www.parenttoolkit.com/index.cfm?objectid=11D8DA50-1360-11E4-98390050569A5318

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The Missouri Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force

www.moicac.org

Information and programs on how to keep children safe on the interent!

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Middle School Counselors: Who we are and what we do

Today’s young people are living in an exciting time, with an increasingly diverse society, new technologies, and expanding opportunities. To help ensure that they are prepared to become the next generation of parents, workers, leaders, and citizens, every student needs support, guidance, and opportunities during adolescence, a time of rapid growth and change. Early adolescents face unique and diverse challenges, both personally and developmentally, that have an impact on academic achievement.

Middle School Students’ Developmental Needs
Middle school is an exciting, yet challenging time for students, their parents and teachers. During this passage from childhood to adolescence, middle school students are characterized by a need to explore a variety of interests, connecting their learning in the classroom to its practical application in life and work; high levels of activity coupled with frequent fatigue due to rapid growth; a search for their own unique identity as they begin turning more frequently to peers rather than parents for ideas and affirmation; extreme sensitivity to the comments from others; and heavy reliance on friends to provide comfort, understanding and approval.

Meeting the Challenge
Middle school counselors are professional educators with a mental health perspective who understand and respond to the challenges presented by today’s diverse student population. Middle school counselors do not work in isolation; rather they are integral to the total educational program. They provide proactive leadership that engages all stakeholders in the delivery of programs and services to help students achieve success in school. Professional school counselors align with the school’s mission to support the academic achievement of all students as they prepare for the ever-changing world of the 21st century. This mission is accomplished through the design, development, implementation and evaluation of a comprehensive, developmental and systematic school counseling program. The ASCA National Standards in the academic, National Model: A Framework For School Counseling Programs, with it’s data driven and results-based focus serves as a guide for today’s school counselor who is uniquely trained to implement this program.

Middle School Counselors Implement the Counseling Program by Providing or Collaborating on:

School Guidance Curriculum
Academic skills support
Organizational, study and test-taking skills
Education in understanding self and others
Coping strategies
Peer relationships and effective social skills
Communication, problem-solving, decision-making and conflict resolution
Career awareness, exploration and planning
Substance abuse education
Multicultural/diversity awareness

Individual Student Planning
Goal-setting/decision- making
Academic planning
Career planning
Education in understanding of self, including strengths and weaknesses
Transition planning

Responsive Services
Individual and small group counseling
Individual/family/school crisis intervention
Peer facilitation
Consultation/collaboration
Referrals

System Support
Professional development
Consultation, collaboration and teaming
Program management and operation

Middle School Counselors Collaborate With:

Parents
Communication/networking
Academic planning programs
Parent and family education resources
One-on-one parent conferencing
Assessment results interpretation
Resource referrals
College/career exploration

Teachers
Career portfolio development
Assistance with students’ academic plans
Classroom guidance activities on study skills, career development, etc.
Academic support, learning style assessment and education to help students succeed academically
Classroom career speakers
At-risk student identification and implementation of interventions to enhance success
Parent communication/education

Administrators
School climate
Behavioral management plans
School-wide needs assessment
Student data and results
Student assistance team building
Leadership

Students
Peer education
Peer support
Academic support
School climate
Leadership development

Community
Crisis interventions
Referrals
Support groups
Career education

Why Middle School Counselors?
Middle school students are characterized by rapid physical growth, curiosity about their world and an emerging self-identity. Through a comprehensive developmental school counseling program, counselors work as a team member with school staff, parents and the community to create a caring, supportive climate and atmosphere whereby young adolescents can achieve academic success. Middle school counselors enhance the learning process and promote academic achievement. School counseling programs are essential for students to achieve optimal personal growth, acquire positive social skills and values, set appropriate career goals and realize full academic potential to become productive, contributing members of the world community. The professional middle school counselor holds a master’s degree and required state certification in school counseling. Maintaining certification includes on-going professional development to stay current with education reform and challenges facing today’s students. Professional association membership is encouraged as it enhances the school counselor’s knowledge and effectiveness.

Thanks to the American School Counselors’ Association (ASCA) for this description of what we do
for the benefit of our school, and for all of our children.

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