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BLMS Counseling

Mission Statement

We provide counseling services based on the American School Counselor Association (ASCA) model. Working through an equity lens, our goal is to partner with students, families, staff, and community agencies to provide a comprehensive support system that facilitates and encourages academic success, social-emotional health, and high school and beyond readiness. All students should feel welcome at BLMS and we advocate for every student to have a sense of belonging.

What Does a School Counselor Do? 

School Counselors aim to develop and deliver a comprehensive program. Program services include:

 

  • Provide short-term counseling for students to support academic achievement and personal well-being (examples include peer conflicts, family and friendship concerns, support with teachers, academic planning and support, goal setting, etc.)

  • Facilitate small group counseling activities determined by student need

  • Teach school counseling classroom lessons based on student success standards, including zero-tolerance harassment expectation and the importance of creating a safe and welcoming school climate

  • Collaboration with families/teachers/administrators/community to advocate for student well-being and success

  • Support students and their families during times of crisis and/or provide school and community resource information and referrals for long-term support

  • Advocacy for students at individual education plan meetings and other student-focused meetings 

  • Data analysis to identify student issues, needs and challenges

  • Assist students with transitions including 8th grade students making a successful transition to high school, welcoming 5th grade students and parents to BLMS, and supporting new students throughout the year

How Do I Talk to My School Counselor? 

Just reach out in the way that is most comfortable for you. Send us an email/ Canvas message or give us a call. Students are welcome to come visit our office during lunch time or say hi to us in the hallways. Parents- we love hearing from you and partnering with you to support your families. We are happy to schedule an appointment with you to discuss how to cultivate well-being for your student(s). 

Confidentiality 

Counselors at Beaver Lake take student and family confidentiality seriously. Conversations with school counselors are confidential, meaning that we only share information with other important people if you give us permission. Like all school employees, we are mandatory reporters.  We must break confidentiality if students reveal any of the items below:

 

  • If someone is harming them 

  • If they are harming themselves 

  • If they are going to harm someone else 

Keeping students safe is our #1 priority.  Please feel free to contact us anytime if you are concerned about a student.