Luray Middle School

Counseling Department
Stefanie Hamilton, School Counselor
smcleod@pagecounty.k12.va.us
540.843.2660 option #4

PCPS Guidance Counselor's Newsletter

Please note: Requests for schedule changes will be ONLY be considered from
August 28 – September 1

Please call the Counseling Office by 9:30am if your child is absent and you would like to pick up their assignments. Assignments may be picked up no earlier than 3:30pm in the Guidance Office.

Requests made  AFTER 9:30am may not be fulfilled due to time restraints and instruction.

Thank you for visiting the Counseling Center! Please read below for more information on the LMS Counseling Program and feel free to contact me with any questions.

Mission Statement

The mission of the Luray Middle School Counseling Program is to offer academic, social, and personal support to all students, as well as foster career exploration. The counselor will address the needs of students through individual counseling, small group counseling, and classroom guidance. The counselor will work in collaboration with parents/guardians, school staff, and community members to maximize student success and provide students with a strong educational foundation that will lead to a positive and productive future.

Philosophy

The counseling program operates under the belief that every person deserves to be treated with respect, regardless of race, ethnicity, gender, religion, age, or ability.


What does the School Counselor provide?

*Individual counseling
*Small group counseling (Some examples of possible groups: Social skills, Study skills, Self-esteem, *Grief, Friendship and many others) *Groups will be held during CSI or lunch.
*Classroom guidance (as needed)
*Conflict resolution for school-related problems  
                   conflict_resolution_tips.doc
*Crisis Intervention
*Schedule Changes
*Will create an Academic and Career Plan with each 6th grade student using the Virginia Education  Wizard 
                    VA_Wizard_info.doc
*Will provide parents/guardians with educational, mental health and community resources as needed
                   Page County Resource Guide
                   http://www.youthresourcealliance.org/

Please note: Requests for schedule changes will be ONLY be considered from
August 28 – September 1


RECOMMENDED BOOKS



1. Mom’s House, Dad’s House for Kids: Feeling at Home in One Home or Two  By: Isolina Ricci, Ph.D. *Great book for Students AND for Parents who are going through divorce OR working on co-parenting

2. Instant Help Book for Teens Series (available on Amazon)
Available on a variety of topics including: Self-Esteem, Managing Anger, Anxiety, Depression,
Self-Injury, Social Skills, and MANY MORE!
*Workbook format that provides activities and self-reflection related to the above topics. Your teen can work through it at home at their own pace.




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