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The Marietta Middle School SCHOOL COUNSELING PROGRAM offers a wide variety of services to young adolescents and their families. These services include:

  • Individual counseling for students for academic and personal assistance
  • Small-group counseling on topics such as communication skills, organizational strategies, and study skills
  • Classroom guidance lessons focusing on decision making and problem solving skills, interpersonal communication skills and career awareness
  • Helping students though transitions
  • Coordinating testing and test interpretation
  • Providing liaisons with community resources.

A SCHOOL COUNSELOR is a PROFESSIONAL who:

  • holds an advanced graduate degree in counseling
  • works with students to help them develop academically, personally, and socially
  • consults with parents and teachers to maximize a child's learning potential
  • coordinates and facilitates the efforts of school services and community agencies.

SERVICES provided by a SCHOOL COUNSELOR are delivered through:

  • Scheduled appointments with individual students and parents
  • Small group counseling
  • Telephone consultations
  • Parenting seminars and courses
  • Classroom activities
  • Crisis intervention.
counselor    
Dr. Andrea Francis & Ms. Kim Wheeler
 
 
 
The School Counselors at Marietta Middle School are committed to promoting and enhancing student achievement. We do this by providing direction on achieving academic success, overcoming obstacles to social development, as well by as helping students have a successful transition to high school.

Counselors work with students, teachers, administrators and parents to ensure that student needs are met. In addition to this, external resources may also be secured through the MCS Social Work Services, depending on the needs of students.
 
   
 

Guidance Staff:

Andrea Francis, 7th Grade Counselor, 770-422-0311 Ext. 1242
Kim Wheeler, 8th Grade Counselor, 770-422-0311 Ext. 1241
Sheila Hypsher, Registrar, 770-422-0311 Ext. 1240
Kristin Lopez, Secretary, 770-429-3169 or 770-422-0311 Ext. 1243

Office Phone Numbers and Hours:
Main Office #: 770-422-0311
Voice Line into Guidance Office: 770-429-3169
Fax Line: 770-429-3161

Office Hours: 7 a.m. to 3 p.m.
New Student Registration Hours: 9:00 am-12:00 Noon

Announcements

  • From the Counselors to you: WORDS TO THE WISE


    Read actual comments from a Facebook dialogue below and test your No To Bullying IQ

    T.    I can’t stand her. She is just a huge whale, puffin pantin' and wheezing like she running out of air. She thinks everybody likes her Rhianna wannabe with her fake self she just fake if she says anything to me I swear I hope she reading this post you fat and ugly…

    R.    Yeah…and don’t let a twinkie get close to her she will run you over to get to that thing

    S.     No body wants to fight her, if she sit on you you mashed potatoe

    M.    LOL!!!!! this is too funny

    Question:


    T is the only cyberbully in the above exchange.

    True False Answer: False


    All the participants in the above exchange are supporting and encouraging mean and hateful comments about another person.

    Any kind of demeaning, threatening and or hurtful comment directed at another student with the intention to intimidate, harass, and isolate using electronic means is cyber bullying.

    You may not be the one who posted the initial hurtful and or demeaning comment about another student on social media however, if you post any kind of agreement such as “like” or extend the cruel comment, you are just as guilty of cyber bullying as the original writer.
     
    STUDENTS 
     
    It is not easy to resist peer- pressure. Be brave.

    It takes courage to go against the group, to opt out of the conversation, to show care for others, by posting, “dislike” or better yet, making no comment at all, blocking or refusing to participate.

    There are consequences to bullying. We all know of the terrible outcomes. The most extreme are the young people who hurt themselves and or others because of the anger, shame, and deep hurts from being bullied.

    But there are also legal consequences for the bullies, and consequences for those who egg on or support the bully; those who post comments supporting bullying.

    The victim and his or her family may file charges which may lead to fines or jail time for young people who were just “following the crowd.”

    Parents:

    Check on the sites your child visits. Do random checks of your child’s  social media activities. When you do this you are not meddling or invading space. You are showing love by protecting your child from danger. Talk with your middle school child daily. The peer pressure is particularly strong at adolescence. Continue to encourage your child to be the best he or she can be.

    Ask the counselors at Marietta Middle for more tips and advice.

    Visit the websites below for additional information on bullying.

    www.ncpc.org/cyberbullying
    www.stopcyberbullying.org/


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