We would like to take this opportunity to explain the Rogers Middle School Counseling and Guidance program. As school counselors, we will provide classroom guidance, small group counseling, individual counseling, assistance with academic needs. We will also plan two parent education meetings.
Classroom guidance is designed to reinforce life skills. Each month a guidance lesson will be presented during 5th period classes based on our monthly guidance focus. During the lesson, students may view a video, play a game, hear a story, or participate in other activities that reinforce the life skill. Some examples of life skills that may be taught during guidance include respect for self and others, decision making, goal setting, responsibility, problem solving, appreciation of others, organizational skills, and college and career exploration. We will also present lessons on Anti-victimization, Anti-Bullying, Internet and Social Media Awareness, Early Mental Health Intervention, Alcohol and Drug Awareness, and Healthy Relationships. Developmental levels will be taken into consideration as we present our lessons.
Some children may participate in a counseling group of 4-6 students. Groups will be held once each week for 30 minutes, usually for the duration of a six-week period. Activities relevant to the participants’ needs will be chosen for the group (i.e. divorce, healthy friendships, or grief and loss). Groups will only be offered on an as-needed basis. If you feel that your child is having difficulty in school and would benefit from participating in a small counseling group, please contact your counselor anytime during the school year.
Children may also visit the counselor individually. Parents and staff members may refer a child for individual or group counseling. Although we do not provide therapy and intensive counseling at school, we are here to help your child be successful at Rogers. Students also may refer themselves to the counselor. If your child met with their school counselor last year, and you would like for counseling services to continue this year, please let us know. Children who visit the counselor on a regularly scheduled basis must have a signed parental permission form.
We also want to make you aware of our anonymous online reporting form. You can access our form from any device. You can access it from our Rogers’ home page. It is a quick and easy way to make our administrative team aware of situations concerning our students. The principals and/or counselors look into all reports made.
We look forward to great year at Rogers MS!
Cindy Edmundson and Sandy Hicks