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Disenrollement

05/02/18

If you do need to dis-enroll your child you will need to do the following:

  • A parent or legal guardian must come to the Counseling Office (with a photo ID) and notify counselor of dis-enrollment
  • Allow counselor 2 days to complete necessary dis-enrollment paperwork
  • Make sure all books and student agenda are returned & all fees are paid to Truman Middle School
  • Inform counselor of the name and address of the new school student will be attending

Bully Prevention

05/02/18

Bullying is unfair and one-sided behavior. It happens when someone keeps hurting, frightening, threatening, or leaving someone out on purpose, in person or via multi-media.

To qualify as bullying, the incident must involve an imbalance of power between the target and the student who acts aggressively. Bullying usually involves multiple incidences, aggressor & the target have drastically different reactions to the incident, and target feels powerless to self-advocate.

PROCEDURE FOR REPORTING AN INCIDENT OF BULLYING BEHAVIOR

  • Referral form is given to the counselors, principal, or assistant principal.
  • Students may bring the incident to the attention of a teacher, counselor, principal, or any school personnel.
  • Students will be able to fill out a Student Harassment/Bully Report Form and turn it into the box in the counseling office or library. This box will be checked daily.

SCHOOL POLICY ON REPORTING INCIDENTS OF BULLYING

  • Anyone who sees or hears of a bullying incident must report through the referral system.
  • All referrals should be submitted within one day of incident or report of the incident.
  • If it is an immediate safety concern, the staff member will contact the office to escort the student who is acting aggressively to the front office to ensure student safety.

SCHOOL POLICY ON RESPONDING TO INCIDENTS OF BULLYING

  • Teachers and other school staff who witness or receive reports of acts of bullying will appropriately intervene and complete referral form.
  • An investigation will take place where all parties involved are interviewed. Findings of the investigation will be documented.
  • Teachers and other staff who are involved with the students will be notified to help monitor and prevent further bullying situations.
  • If it is deemed a bullying situation, parents of all students involved will be notified of the incident and outcomes that pertain to their children. Confidentiality will be maintained with all students.

SCHOOL POLICY ON DISCIPLINARY STEPS TO INCIDENTS OF BULLYING

  • Consistent response and consequences for students who act aggressively and bystanders when appropriate per APS district policies and Student Behavior Handbook.
  • Provide classroom guidance curriculum regarding the expected behaviors of the school or classroom, possible consequences for inappropriate behavior, and the school procedure to report incidents of bullying.
  • Counselors and administrator

Welcome to Counseling Services

Guidance and Counseling services are provided by a licensed mental health professional. Students, parents, teachers, and staff may consult with the counselor on a confidential basis. If a student is not feeling happy or successful at school, the counselor may be of help.

Services provided:

  • Consulting with community members
  • Individual counseling sessions with students upon referral
  • Small group counseling
  • Classroom guidance lessons at teacher request

When a child is referred for counseling services, the counselor will contact the parents/guardians before counseling sessions begin.

Meet the counselor to discuss any of the following:

  • Friendships & Relationships
  • Family changes
  • Grief issues
  • Mistreatment
  • Mediation
  • Safety concerns (for yourself or others)

The challenge of middle school

Middle school years are a time of rapid growth and change. Early adolescents face unique and diverse challenges, both personally and developmentally, that have an impact on their academic achievement.

Middle school counselors understand and respond to the challenges presented by today’s diverse student population. This is accomplished through the design, development, and implementation and evaluation of a Comprehensive School Counseling Program, which is based on the specific needs of the students in the school.

These programs are pro-active and preventative, developmentally appropriate, and essential for student to:

  • Achieve optimal personal growth
  • Enhance positive social skills and values
  • Set appropriate career goals

Realize their full academic and personal potential to become productive, contributing members of the world.

School Counselors
Contact Melanie Geddes  Melanie Geddes (505) 836-3030 ex: 58116 7th Grade Counselor
Contact Jennifer Hart  Jennifer Hart (505) 836-3030 ex: 58114 6th Grade Counselor
Contact Helen Sterling  Helen Sterling (505) 836-3030 ex: 58115 8th Grade Counselor

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