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Counseling Department



School Counseling Mission Statement


     The mission of the McKee Middle School Counseling Program is to facilitate a safe, student-centered, academic environment through the emphasis of a comprehensive counseling program.  The program promotes the values of academic excellence, life-long learning, high expectations and responsible citizenship in preparation to compete in a global society.  As the School Counselor, I work with students on an individual basis, in small groups and in their classrooms.  The focus of the counseling program is on academic skills, career awareness, and personal/social skills.  I also facilitate Student Intervention Team meeting to support student success and attend parent-teacher conferences at the request of the parent/guardian or teacher.

Why might a 
students want to talk to the School Counselor?

"I had an argument with my best friend and she doesn't want to be my friend anymore."

"Some kids in my science class are talking about fighting after school."

"My parents argue all the time and I don't know what to do."

"My grandfather is really sick and I'm scared he's going to die."

"My mom just had a baby and she doesn't have time for me anymore."

"We're moving again!"

"My dad wants me to be an engineer like him, but I want to be a pilot."


How does a student see the School Counselor?


If a student would like to see the counselor, he/she should fill out a counseling request for or ask a teacher for a pass to go to the counseling office. Unless the student has an urgent need to see the counselor, the teacher may recommend a student fill out a counseling request form, so that the student does not miss important academic information.  Additionally, a student is welcome to see the counselor before school, after school or during lunchtime.


Why might a parents/guardian want to talk to the School Counselor?

"This is John's third school this year, and he's having difficulty adjusting."

"My husband is being deployed in two weeks and Carolyn may need some help coping with this change."

"Sam used to be excited about school, but lately he doesn't seem to care."

"My wife and I recently separated and our daughter could use some help understanding this."

"My son seems to be the target of some teasing and bullying after school.  Can you help?"


How does a parent/guardian request an appointment with the School 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.