2020-21 COUNSELOR WELCOME LETTER

Short Version

Dear IMS Families,

 Welcome back! The IMS School Counseling Department is reaching out to share how we can support your student.  Middle school is an exciting time for students to grow academically, emotionally, physically, and socially.  Our hope is to provide resources that are useful and engaging to both students and parents alike!

 

School Counselor Role: Our role is to support student academic performance by providing social/emotional, academic, and career related interventions.

Contact Information:

·          6th Grade: 

o    Dylan Slatton: Students whose last names begin with A-B dslatton@lwsd.org

o    Tiffany Jones Students whose last names begin with C-Z tifjones@lwsd.org

·         7th Grade:

o    Dylan Slatton: Students whose last names begin with A-C dslatton@lwsd.org

o    Scott Paul Students whose last names begin with D-Z spaul@lwsd.org

·         8th Grade

o    Dylan Slatton: Students whose last names begin with A-C dslatton@lwsd.org

o    Karyn Summers Students whose last names begin with D-Z kasummers@lwsd.org 

 

When should I consider contacting the school counselor:

·         If your student is experiencing any social/emotional distress

·         If your student is having an academic concern that isn't resolved after working directly with the classroom teacher contact us. 

·         If there is a significant change in your student’s behavior If you're unsure, please call or email.

Remote Learning 101 Quick Start Tips

·         Step 1: Help your student set up their remote learning space in a way that is conducive to learning

·         Step 2: Encourage your student to check email, Teams calendar, And Teams assignments daily

·         Step 3: Support your student to follow the daily schedule posted on the IMS website

·         Step 4: Ask your student to read, then re-read all directions regarding assignments

·         Step 5: Check to make sure your student reviews work prior to turning it in!

 

      We look forward to serving as your school counselors and will send out a monthly newsletter letter with additional resources and information to support your student and your family during remote learning. Please don’t hesitate to reach out if you have any questions or concerns.

Sincerely, IMS Counseling Department

 

Long Verson

Dear IMS Families,

Welcome back to the 2020-2021 school year!  While it’s not what we expected, we are all on this journey together. Now that the 1st month of remote learning is over the IMS School Counseling Department would like to reach out and connect with our families to share some important information about the IMS School Counseling Department.

Role of a School Counselor

        Our role is to support student academic performance by providing social/emotional, academic, and career related interventions.  This may include in-class presentations, brief individual counseling, peer mediation, small group counseling, and other targeted interventions.   We also can serve as a liaison/advocate for parents and students when working with education staff.

 

     Our school counseling program is designed around Inglewood Middle School's unique needs.  On an annual basis the school counseling department conducts a survey to determine our student’s needs and design a tiered intervention model based upon these needs.  Middle school is an exciting time for students to grow academically, emotionally, physically, and socially.  Our hope is to provide resources that are useful and engaging to both students and parents alike!

 

How Can my student access the school counselor?

    Students and parents can access the school counselor by emailing them to set up a Microsoft Teams Meeting.  Additionally, students and parents can call their school counselor directly to discuss any emergent concerns.

 

When should I consider contacting the school counselor?

You are welcome to contact us for any concern, however there may be concerns that are more directly related to our role as defined above.  For example,  

·         If your student is experiencing any social/emotional distress during remote learning please contact us. 

·         If your student is having an academic concern that isn't resolved after working directly with the classroom teacher contact us. 

·         If there is a significant change in your student’s behavior that indicates the need for extra support please contact us. 

·         If you're unsure, please call or email.

 

IMS School Counseling Program Overview

Academic Support: School counselors monitor student grades and proactively check-in with students who are experiencing academic difficulties. The school counselor can provide academic coaching to individual students on organization, time management, and test taking.

Social Emotional Support: School counselors conduct an annual needs assessment to get a sense of our student population’s social emotional needs.  We provide classroom-based lessons on stress management and suicide prevention.  Additionally, we provide short term group and individual counseling. School counselors are available to consult with parents on supporting their student’s social emotional needs.

Career Exploration & Academic Planning: Our students are starting to develop career interests and planning for the future.  School counselors support our students using an online platform called Xello (career exploration tool).  We conduct annual classroom-based career exploration lessons. Additionally, counselors support students & families with planning out their academic pathway.

 

Remote Learning 101 Quick Start Tips

The IMS counseling department has created a remote learning “Quick Start” guide for you and your students to review. It’s posted HERE or on the IMS website under Counseling.  Below are a few steps from the video power point.

 

·         Step 1: Help your student set up their remote learning space in a way that is conducive to learning

·         Step 2: Encourage your student to check email, Teams calendar, And Teams assignments daily

·         Step 3: Support your student to follow the daily schedule posted on the IMS website

·         Step 4: Ask your student to read, then re-read all directions regarding assignments

·         Step 5: Check to make sure your student reviews work prior to turning it in!

 

 

      We look forward to serving as your school counselors for the 2020-2021 school year!  Our plan is to send out a monthly newsletter letter with additional resources and information to support your family during remote learning.  Please don’t hesitate to reach out if you have any questions or concerns.

Sincerely,

IMS Counseling Department