Guidance Services

Mission Statement

The Memorial Middle School counseling program provides a safe supportive, and stimulating environment with regular student contact and counselor/student support. Counseling sessions are initiated by the counselor or requested by the student to monitor academic progress and personal growth. Counselors work as a cohesive team to ensure academic development, promote social awareness, and support career development. In collaboration with faculty, administration and community, counselors work to provide a positive learning environment for the students.

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Ms. Miele
Ms. Amy Miele
Guidance Counselor
(732) 701-1900 ext. 2310
Mrs. Bradley
Mrs. Marcie Bradley
School Social Worker
(732) 701-1900 ext. 2314
Ms. Macdonald
Miss Megan MacDonald
Guidance Counselor
(732) 701-1900 ext. 2311
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Ms. Jennifer Kelly
Guidance Counselor
(732) 701-1900 ext. 2309
Krista Johnson
Ms. Krista Johnson
School Psychologist
(732) 701-1900 ext. 2417
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Ms. Debra Marra
LDT-C
(732) 701-1900 ext. 2313
Ms. Bordzuk
Ms. Karen Bordzuk
Guidance Secretary
(732) 701-1900 ext. 2312
Mrs. Turner
Mrs. Lynn Turner
Special Services Secretary
(732) 701-1900 ext.2328
I. Academic


Scheduling

The counselors assist in scheduling students into heterogeneous classes that are average in size (student/teacher) ratio. Students are scheduled into four core classes - Language Arts, Math, Science & Social Studies. Students are then scheduled into Related Arts - six-week cycles that include, but are not limited to; Foreign Language, Technology, Computers, Home Economics, Physical Education, Music, Journalism and Character Education. Eighth grade students have the option to choose a full year of Spanish or Italian. The Academically Talented students are scheduled into (6) six-week cycles of Language Arts, Math, Science, Social Studies, Health & Physical Education. Following consultation with administration and faculty, counselors organize this information and input the data into the Star-Base computer system.

Counselors are also instrumental in preparing eighth grade students for their transition to high school. The counselors further educate the parents and eighth grade students on their high school placement and course selection. The Personalized Learning Plans are used to help schedule the students appropriately.

Testing

The school counselor frequently interprets the results of standardized tests and consults with teachers, parents and students about test results. The counselor coordinates the state required standardized testing program and other grade level tests (PARCC)

Record Keeping

The counselor maintains constant records on student's personal, academic, and career development. They analyze and interpret transcripts from students' previous school years and record and organize student data for their permanent files. Counselors also monitor students' academic and social progress.

Academic Development Counseling

Counselors support the student learning process and promote academic success. It is the counselor's objective to help the students promote positive attitudes, knowledge, and skills that contribute to effective learning, and understand the relationship of academics to the world of work, life at home and in the community. The counselors also monitor students' performance to ensure they are meeting school and state requirements

II. Personal/Social


Counselors guide students in developing positive attitudes, knowledge, and interpersonal skills to help them understand and respect themselves and others. The students will make decisions, set goals and take appropriate action to achieve their goals. The counselor's goal is to help students be active participants in the community, develop into critical thinkers and become lifelong learners.

• Coping with personal needs and how they affect performance
• Referrals to other supportive services
• Foster student independence
• Supporting transitions
• Managing adolescent issues
• Conduct individual, crisis, and problem centered counseling
• Oversee conflict resolution
• Coach stress management
• Teach effective study skills
• Build self esteem and encourage positive thinking
• Support communication, problem-solving, decision making, and coping skills
• Facilitate the New Student Breakfast
• Facilitate "Mix it Up Day"- to promote tolerance and diversity
• Administer group counseling

Social Skills Development- Students meet to develop social skills and enhance team building,
acquire self-confidence, learn age appropriate behavior, improve leadership skills and
appropriate assertiveness. Through discussions and role playing, the students build self-esteem
and improve their abilities to initiate and maintain interactions with peers.

Peer Mediation- Students resolve conflicts by talking out the problem with other peers. All
decisions are kept confidential unless it brings harm to other people.

Special Needs Groups- Develop groups according to the needs of the student population.

Bullying- Develop and supporting bullying programs.

Bereavement group- "Kids Helping Kids" support group helps students who have experienced
a death of a loved one
III. Career

Counselors assist students in exploring vocational goals and careers. The students will acquire
the skills to investigate the "world of work" in relation to the knowledge of self, and will employ
strategies to achieve future career success and satisfaction. The students will also understand the
relationship between personal qualities, education, training and the world of work.

Career Fair - Counselors invite professionals to the school from a variety ofover thirty careers
to present and meet with the eighth grade students. The counselors distribute packets with an
assortment of activities and lesson ideas that may be incorporated into the Language Arts
curriculum.

Personalized Learning Plans - Distribute career interest inventories and explore the results ofthe students' career data
Begin student portfolios for career exploratory
IV. Responsive

Responsive services are available to students to meet their immediate needs and concerns. These
needs and concerns may require counseling, peer or teacher facilitation, as well as referrals to
other school personnel or outside agencies. This aspect of the program is available always and is
often initiated by the individual student. Parents, teachers and administrators may also make
referrals for responsive services. Responsive services can include, but not be limited to, the
following situations:

Individual or Group Counseling
Personal Concerns
Difficulties with peer relationships
Difficulties with teacher relationships
Academic difficulties

Individual Crisis Counseling
Emotional distress
Suicidal ideations
Divorce
Domestic Violence
Family Death
Family Illness
Personal Illness
Homelessness

School Wide Crisis
Student Death
School Personnel Death
Natural Disaster
Fire
Homeland Security

Social Skills – Group Counseling
Students learn to develop social skills to enhance team building, acquire self-confidence, learn more age-appropriate behavior, improve problem-solving and leadership skills, learn appropriate assertiveness, and develop conflict management skills. Through group discussions and role playing, a child builds self-esteem and improves their ability to initiate and maintain interactions with peers.

Peer Mediation
The Peer Mediation Program at Memorial Middle School is open to all students who have conflicts with others. Our goal is to help resolve these conflicts by talking through the problem with other peers. Students are not forced to be in this program, but we highly recommend it. All decisions are kept confidential unless it brings harm to other people. Conflicts happen often among peers and we try to resolve them the best we can. There are mediators available

Problem- Centered Counseling
Problem centered counseling helps students who are experiencing difficulties which impede their progress in school. The problem centered focus addresses the needs of students.

Crisis Counseling
Crisis counseling responds to students who need immediate, short-term help to deal with events which block the educational process, such as the death of a family member or classmate, or substance abuse. Any event perceived as immediate or detrimental to the student may require multiple counseling interventions.
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Homework Requests

Requests can be made by calling 732-701-1900, ext. 2343. Parents can pick up homework from the homework basket located in Guidance after 2:15 p.m. We are not allowed to open your child's locker so if books are needed then you must get your child's locker number and combination to retrieve the books or notebooks.

Team Meetings
Parents may request a meeting with their child's teaching team. If you would like to schedule a Team Meeting, please contact Mrs. Bordzuk at Ext. 2312.

Parent Portal
The Point Pleasant School District employes the use of an electronic grade book. The district believes that the Parent Portal will facilitate a positive free flow of communication between students, parents and teachers. It will give parents real time access to student achievement data, attendance data and assignments. Parents, students and teachers will have the same data access, which will result in more productive parent conferencing, more awareness of student responsibility and more expectation for achievement – as well as an understanding by parents. For more information about the Parent Portal, Please visit the district's portal information page.
Key to Grades:
A+ = 97 - 100
A = 93 - 96
A- = 90 - 92
B+ = 87 - 89
B = 83 - 86
B- = 80 - 82
C+ = 77 - 79
C = 73 - 76
C- = 70 - 72
D = 65 - 69
F = 64 and below
I = Incomplete
M = Medical
P = Pass

COMMENTS

1. Disrupts classroom procedures 15. Good work habits/self-reliant
2. Fails to use class time wisely 16. Achieving course goals
3. Fails to participate in class 17. Participate in class
4. Fails to make up work/hand in on time 18. Attendance affecting grades
5. Comes to class unprepared 19. Outstanding work & attitude
6. Has low test/quiz scores 20. Shows improved attitude
7. Shows little or no effort 21. Parent conference requested
8. Assignments missing/incomplete 22. Inconsistent grades
9. Inadequate use of agenda book; parent should
initial daily
23. Well organized
10. Needs organizational skills 24. Currently passing
11. Must request extra help 25. In danger of failing
12. Motivated 26. Call to speak with teacher
13. Pleasure to have in class 27. Parent conference requested
14. Shows improvement in work 28. Seek extra help

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