A middle school counselor is …..
· A child advocate;
· An adult who helps all children;
· A resource person for parents, teachers and administrators;
· A contact person for outside agencies.
What does a middle school counselor do?
· Counsels students individually and in small groups about academic, social
and personal concerns;
· Teaches students how to resolve conflicts with others;
· Manages the course selection process and assists students in course decisions;
· Trains peer mediators and graduate students studying counseling;
· Conducts classroom guidance lessons on understanding self, peer relationships,
effective study skills, decision-making and coping strategies;
· Collaborates with teams of teachers to identify at-risk students and effective
· Consults with parents who are concerned about their child;
· Promotes a positive school climate.
What are some of the things students typically talk about with their counselor?
· Peer Relations/Peer Pressure;
· Academic concerns (grades, study skills, test-taking, organization);
· Family struggles;
· Anger management;
· Coping with the death of a loved one;
· Body Image/Self-Esteem
Students are encouraged to stop by between classes or with teacher's permission during class.
Albion's Library/Media Center has a number of books on parenting available in our Professional Collection. Simply click this link, Parenting Book Summaries to view summaries of these titles. Parents are encouraged to contact the Media Center to borrow them, or you can look for them at the public library or local bookstore.
SELF stands for Social Emotional Learning Forum and is a committee of the Strongsville PTA. Please click on this SELF link for more information.
Achievement Test Resources
The Ohio Achievement Assessments (OAA) are required tests administered yearly in Grades 3 - 8 that measure students on what they know and are able to do in mathematics, reading, science, social studies and writing. As of July 2009, the ODE has suspended administration of the Writing and Social Studies tests in grades 7 and 8.
Albion's testing will take place April 23, 25 and 29, 2013 with make-up exams given the following week, if necessary. Grade 7 will be tested in the following areas: Reading (4/23) and Mathematics (4/25). Grade 8 will be tested in: Reading (4/23), Mathematics (4/25) and Science (4/29). The Ohio Department of Education has produced practice tests which can be accessed through their website at: ODE Practice Tests
How can parents help their students do well?
Just making school a priority is a big step in helping with the learning process. Taking tests can be the hardest part of being a student. By taking the practice exams, students can build confidence and pride in themselves. Try not to put too much pressure on your children about achievement testing. If you are overly worried about it, he or she probably will be too. Practice reading comprehension at home and build your child's vocabulary through reading, talking and word games. Go through the Math Preparation booklets available in the Spring. Use the practice exams on the ODE website and make sure they are well rested, on time and well fed on the days of the exam. Together we can support our students to be successful and productive learners!
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