The Role of the Middle School Counselor
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 (Source:American School Counselor Association).
Please contact your child's counselor for additional assistance:
Keri DeRito- all grades track 1
Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org or call at (919) 570-2260 ext 20299
Stacy Hayes- all grades track 2 and track 3
Contact: email@example.com or call at (919) 570-2260 ext 20265
Kinea Epps- all grades track 4
Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org or call at (919) 570-2260 ext 20267
The Counselors at RMS provide a data-driven comprehensive school counseling program through a variety of developmental, preventative and responsive interventions/activities. Below are the activities counselors provide to students and ways the counselors collaborate with stakeholders to ensure academic success for students.
School Guidance Curriculum
Academic skills support
Organizational, study and test-taking skills
Education in understanding self and others
Peer relationships and effective social skills
Communication, problem-solving, decision-making and conflict resolution
Career awareness, exploration and planning
Individual Student Planning
Education in understanding of self, including strengths and weaknesses
Individual and small group counseling
Individual/family/school crisis intervention
Consultation, collaboration and teaming
Program management and operation
Referrals: Rolesville Middle School Counselors are assigned to tracks and serve students from sixth through eighth grade. Counselors see students from referrals from parents, teachers, administrators, or students. Counselors meet with teachers each week to discuss student concerns and collaborate on ways to provide academic and personal/social support to students.