The middle school counseling staff offers counseling services to all students throughout the school year. We not only meet individually with students, but also provide yearly counseling groups, and work with classroom teachers to present lessons on a variety of topics.
While counselors and psychologists share some similar duties in the middle school, there are many differences between their positions. The American School Counselor Association provides a thorough description of middle school counseling responsibilities, while the National Assocation of School Psychologists describes the role(s) of school psychologists.
To make an appointment with a counselor or psychologist, please refer to the Middle School Counseling Homepage, or contact the counseling office secretary, Kate LaRocca at firstname.lastname@example.org. Pal-Mac school counselors meet with all middle school students at least once per year for an annual review meeting. Topics discussed in this annual meeting include:
- Short and long-term goals
- Career interests
- Academic progress and interests
- Extracurricular interests (in and out of school)
- High School preparation and course selection (during 8th grade meetings)
Counseling groups are offered annually to all students in grades 7 through 8. Counselors enter 7th and 8th grade classrooms in November to discuss the various groups and allow students to sign up, if interested. Parents and teachers are also more than welcome to recommend a student for a group. Groups usually begin in mid-January and typically run between five and ten weeks.
Counseling groups meet on a weekly basis for roughly 30 minutes at differing times, so that students do not miss the same class several times. Past counseling groups have included:
- Peer Relationships
- Study & Organizational Skills
- Academic Awareness
- Family Relationships
- Stress Relief
- Anger Management
- Grief & Loss
- Growth & Awareness (Self-Esteem)
- Skills for Life
- Career Exploration (7th grade only)
- College Exploration (8th grade only)
"Mini” counseling groups are occasionally offered for 6th grade students, beginning in May. These groups serve as an introduction to the group counseling process and operate on the same format of weekly, 30-minute meetings over the course of four weeks. Past 6th grade groups have included:
- Stress relief
- Anger management
- Organizational skills
- Communication skills
Most students end up participating in at least one counseling group during their three years at Palmyra-Macedon Middle School. If you are interested or would like more information, please contact the counseling office.
Counselors present classroom lessons throughout the year on a variety of topics including, academic achievement, goal setting, disability awareness, mental health, internet safety, and communication skills. All students this year received instruction on bullying and conflict, including strategies for addressing bullying situations, recent bullying-related legislation, and tolerance.
All counselors and psychologists introduce themselves to the incoming 6th graders at the beginning of the school year with a presentation on middle school counseling services. In addition, counselors meet every ten weeks with 6th grade students in their classrooms to review their report card, review academic responsibilities, and discuss how to set specific and achievable goals, including the steps necessary to achieve such goals.