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Middle school

What do school counselors do?

What Do Counselors Do?


As counselors we follow a model for counseling set in place by the American School Counselors Association known as the ASCA National Model.  Under this model we aim to balance our services between providing support in the areas of academics, students' personal and social lives, and identity (career) development.  We provide these services for any and all students. Here are some of the things we do:

Meet with students individually:
Counselors meet with students both on a preventative and responsive basis.  Through these meetings counselors can address struggles in the areas of friendship, academics, social skills, middle school transition, personal struggles, family changes, and career development. Students can either set up appointments with the counselors or ask their teachers when a good time would be to visit. Our doors are always open!

Run student support groups:
Throughout the course of the year the counseling department runs student support groups.  Generally, groups are split into boys and girls groups and are typically done during students' lunch periods.  These groups can meet for 6-8 weeks and can cover topics such as social skills, friendship issues, or academic struggles.  Groups are a great way for counselors to address multiple students at once and provides students an opportunity to learn and problem solve with their peers.  If you feel your student may benefit from one of these groups, please don't hesitate to let the counselors know!

Classroom lessons

Counselors also visit classrooms to present developmental guidance lessons.  These lessons are typically run monthly, during the advisory period.  Lesson themes are created to respond to classroom and student needs.  They also provide the opportunity for students to participate in initiatives such as Bully Prevention Month in October.

State/District Testing:
Every year the counselors assist with State and District level testing.  This includes MCA, WIDA Access, and NWEA.  Please see calendar for tentative testing dates and student resource page for tips on successful testing strategies.

504 Accommodation planning:
A section 504 accommodation plan is a resource students can use when they need additional assistance at school but may not need an Individualized Education Plan (IEP).  At Friedell, school counselors are responsible for writing and maintaining these plans.  Please refer to the 504 tab for additional information.
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