• Welcome  to the School Counseling Program at Northside Middle School !


    The school counseling program serves all the children at our school and helps students, teachers, and parents be their best.


    What does the school counselor do?


    · Teaches lessons in all classrooms several times throughout the year

    · Meets with students who want to get help solving a problem or chat about something on their minds

    · Facilitates small groups for students on topics like grief and anger management

    · Consults with parents and teachers on topics like parenting, discipline, building strong families, and students academic, emotional, and social success in school

    · Helps families connect with community resources

    · Coordinates our schools character education program

    · Organizes school-wide service learning projects

    · Serves on our schools Problem-Solving Team (PST)

    ·      - Works with teachers, administrators, and parents to develop and implement  the school counseling program



     What topics are taught in classroom lessons?


    · Emotions and coping skills

    · Conflict resolution

    · Friendship/social skills

    · Career exploration

    · Respecting individual differences

    · Character (responsibility, perseverance, trustworthiness, etc.)

    · Personal safety

    · Cooperation and teamwork

    · Academic readiness and skills for learning

    · And many more!

    * Ask me if youd like a complete list of standards or download the Guidance Curriculum Scope & Sequence on the  Alabama State Department of   Education website.


    W.     What do we do in small group and individual meetings?


    · Talk about little things, big things, or anything in between

    · Offer support and encouragement

    · Build confidence

    · Develop problem-solving abilities

    · Teach coping, social, or other needed skills

    · Gi- Give children the opportunity to connect with other students having similar experiences




    W.     When should I contact the school counselor?


                     Please dont hesitate to call or email if I can help your child or your family with anything, especially if you have questions or  concerns about the following:

    · Your childs emotional well-being

    · Stress or changes at home

    · Your childs relations with peers

    · Your childs behavior/accountability

    · Books or ideas on parenting or building a strong family

    · Getting help from resources in the community