Counseling Department


Dear Parents and Guardians,

We are the School Counselors at North Middle School and we would like to take this opportunity to introduce ourselves. This year we have a counselor for each grade level:

Emma Stolz - 6th grade Counselor

Liz Young - 7th grade Counselor

Marlaine McMechen - 8th grade Counselor

As School Counselors, our primary responsibility is to promote the academic, personal, and social development of all students. We look forward to offering support to the students, staff, families and community. We will be meeting with students individually and in small groups, coordinating Second Step curriculum implementation, meeting with parents, collaborating with teachers and staff, and consulting with community organizations to benefit and meet the needs of all North students and families.

Any student can request to meet with the Counselors or they can be referred by a teacher, administrator, or parent. We encourage you to reach out if you have concerns regarding your child. If you would like for us to meet with your child please do not hesitate to contact us.

We are here to help students achieve their personal/social and academic goals, as well as provide support for the parents and teachers.

Ms. Stolz (6th grade) can be reached by email at estolz@aurorak12.org or phone at 303-364-7411 extension 25616.

Ms. Young (7th grade) can be reached by email at eayoung@aurorak12.org or phone at 303-364-7411 extension 25612.

Ms. McMechen (8th grade) can be reached by email at mbmcmechen@aurorak12.org or phone at 303-364-7411 extension 25643.

Counseling Department

Mission, Vision and Belief Statement

Mission Statement:

The mission of the North Middle School Counseling Department is to support all students with their social and emotional needs, as well as academic and career pathways while thriving as part of a diverse community. Students will develop the knowledge, skills, and character needed to succeed in further schooling, thrive in adulthood, and positively contribute to their communities.

School Counselors will support a positive school-wide climate and culture, the implementation of a guaranteed and viable curriculum while using data analysis that drives our decision-making. This is accomplished through supporting our students while building a partnership with parents/guardians, staff, and community members to enable all students to become successful, productive citizens and lifelong learners.

Vision Statement:

The North Middle School Counseling Department will empower all students to reach their maximum potential by using a comprehensive program that addresses academic, personal/social, and career goals. We will promote an environment to encourage personal inquiry and growth, social responsibility, and academic excellence. School counselors believe that every student can succeed through the collaborative efforts of school, home, and community leading to responsible and productive citizenship.

Motto:

Supporting all students in finding their TRUE North.

Beliefs:

The school counselors at North Middle School believe:

  • All children are unique and should be treated with respect and dignity.
  • Every student can succeed.
  • Learning is a lifelong process.
  • Every student can be a productive and thriving citizen in their community.
  • Fostering a positive self-image is the collaborative effort of the school, home, and community which leads to responsible and productive citizenship.
  • The diverse needs of all students are supported through the school counseling program.
  • Every student benefits from learning appropriate personal and social skills to achieve optimum academic results from the educational program.
  • A comprehensive, developmental school counseling program is not a support service but an integral part of the total education program.
  • A developmentally appropriate school counseling program provides important supports to individual students by addressing their intellectual, emotional, social, physical, and psychological needs.

Social/Emotional Support:

Parents have an opportunity to receive training on Signs of Suicide (SOS) for awareness and prevention purposes at our September Parent Coffee. 6th grade students also receive a 2 day training that same month. If you did not get to participate in this training, please scroll through the PDF presentation below to learn more. For more program information, you can go to sossignsofsuicide.org/parent:

Copy of SOS Parent Presentation.pptx (1).pdf

Second Step - A Social Emotional Learning Program:

Every student at North gets to experience the Second Step program, which is a research based program that helps students to navigate through daily social emotional needs and offers guidance on conflict resolution.

There are four units, which are delivered during Advisory class each week. Within each unit there are anywhere from 5 to 9 lessons. Unit 1 focuses on Mindset and Goals, Unit 2 focuses on Values and Relationships, Unit 3 focuses on Thoughts, Emotions and Decisions, and Unit 4 focuses on Peer Conflicts. At the end of each unit, there is a review and assessment.

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If a student needs to see a counselor...

Students can stop by the Counseling office with a pass from their teacher. If the student's counselor is not available, the student can submit an appointment request form on the laptop in the counseling office area. As soon as their counselor is available, they will seek out the student to discuss/support their needs.

Post-Secondary Information:

Parents - Are You Looking for More Information on College and Career Options?

Students have access to a useful post-secondary program called Naviance. This program has an abundance of information on career exploration and in-depth details on over 4600 colleges/universities. If you would like to access Naviance, you can log in with your student's credentials.

To login, students go to Clever, then click on the Naviance icon, then they will automatically be logged into Naviance. If logging in from outside of school, student can google "Aurora Public Schools Clever login" and access Naviance icon once logged in.

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North Middle School

2019-2020 Course Guide:

Course Guide North Middle School

COLLEGE & CAREER STUDENT EXPLORATION:

At North, we offer opportunities for students to have accessibility to explore college and career options. Each student has an ICAP (Individual Career and Academic Plan) portfolio that they take with them through each grade level. Activities explored are listed by grade level below:

6th graders - create a SMART goal, they will have a college field experience trip as well as our college and career fair at North Middle school.

7th graders - create a SMART goal, explore careers through a Career Key Cluster activity in Naviance, they will have a college field experience trip as well as our college and career fair at North Middle school.

8th graders - create a SMART goal, explore careers through a Career Cluster activity in Naviance, they will have a college field experience trip, they will take trip to the APS CareerTrek college/career Fair, they will assess their High School Readiness through a Naviance activity, as well as experience our college and career fair at North Middle school.

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All students have access to a useful post-secondary program called Naviance. This program has an abundance of information on career exploration and in-depth details on over 4600 colleges/universities. If you would like to access Naviance, you can log in with your student's credentials.

To login, go to student.naviance.com/northms - username is the student's id number and password is the student's 6 digit date of birth. ex. if birthdate is June 4, 2007 then type 060407 as the password.

Additional Information:

According to the American School Counseling Association (2017)....

"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. 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 Model: A Framework For School Counseling Programs, with its 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 School Counseling Program by Providing:

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

*Parent information night

*Communication/networking

*Academic planning programs

*Parent and family education

*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

*Job shadowing, service learning

*Crisis interventions

*Referrals

*Parenting classes

*Support groups

*Career education

Credit: American School Counseling Association (2017); https://www.schoolcounselor.org/school-counselors-members/careers-roles/why-middle-school-counselors

Concerns:

If you are concerned about your student, please contact:

Ms. Stolz for 6th graders at estolz@aurorak12.org or 303-364-7411 ext. 25616

Ms Young for 7th graders at eayoung@aurorak12.org or 303-364-7411 ext. 25612

Ms. McMechen for 8th graders at mbmcmechen@aurorak12.org or 303-364-7411 ext. 25643