Welcome to the School Counselor Webpage!
Anytime you are not at school, if you need emergency mental health support, tell a trusted adult near you and call 911, your local hospital emergency department, the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at: 1-800-273-TALK (8255), or text "HOME" to 741741.
Below are links to contact information for the AVM School Counselors, for when school is in-session:Mrs. Allgood, Counselor for 6th grade and 7th grade students with last names A-JMrs. Hilton, Counselor for 7th grade students with last names K-Z and 8th gradeSchool Counselor Vision Statement: The School Counseling Department of A. Vito Martinez Middle school envisions a future where ALL students are successful in the pursuit of intellectually, socially, and emotionally fulfilling lives. Our students are leaders who are equipped with growth mindsets as well as the skills and compassion to take ownership of their individual growth and the needs within their community.School Counselor Mission Statement: The Mission of the A. Vito Martinez Middle School Counseling Program is to provide equitable access for all learners to a data-driven, comprehensive school counseling program, delivered by licensed professional school counselors to meet the needs of every learner. The school counselors collaborate with stakeholders to meet learners' identified needs, deliver interventions using research-based methods, and analyze data to continually improve. As a result, all learners will be empowered to be college and career ready and to develop, grow and achieve as productive citizens.When students are in-person at school:
1. HOW DOES A STUDENT SEE A COUNSELOR?
If a student would like to see a counselor, he/she should ask a teacher for a pass to go to the counseling office. Unless the student has an urgent need to see a counselor, the teacher may recommend a specific time for the student to leave class, so that the student does not miss too much important academic information. Additionally, a student is welcome to see his/her counselor during lunchtime.
When the student arrives in the counseling office, the student may select the counselor he/she wishes to see based on an established rapport and/or availability. Students will be seen immediately whenever possible. If the counselors are not available, the student may write his/her name on the counselor’s dry-erase board as a request for the counselor to send for him/her when possible.
2. HOW DOES A PARENT/GUARDIAN SEE A COUNSELOR?
Parents and guardians are welcome to meet with counselors and are asked to make appointments in advance, to ensure that the counselor will be available. You may call or email a counselor to set-up a meeting.
3. WHY WOULD A STUDENT SEE A SCHOOL COUNSELOR?
A. Academic/Educational Counseling – Students sometimes have academic problems in areas including study habits, expectations, time management, organizational skills, and the level of the curriculum. A counselor may assist students in exploring solutions to these and other academic problems.
B. Personal/Social Counseling – A counselor may assist students to develop skills to interact more effectively with others, identify personal values, talents and interests and transition into and out of middle school. The counselor will also provide support and assistance to students and families in crisis and can provide referrals to outside agencies for more extensive assistance including counseling, evaluations or treatment.
C. Career/Vocational Counseling – A middle school counselor may assist students in the early stages of career exploration.
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