School Counseling

  • This page provides you with information about the school counseling program and resources.

    Mission: Cramerton Middle School Counselors facilitate the academic, career, and personal/social development of all students. School Counselors are integral members of the instructional team. They directly impact student achievement by delivering comprehensive services that meet the needs of the 21st-century school community.

    What does this mean for your child? This means that we pay close attention to every student in the building and how he/she 'connects' to his/her education and therefore achieves the maximum level possible.  We support your child and all school stakeholders to creatively problem-solve any issues that may (temporarily or otherwise) pose an obstacle to the learning process and your child's academic achievement. 

    Vision: Professional School Counselors are uniquely trained leaders who promote success for all students. They collaborate with school stakeholders using data‐driven decisions to facilitate the success of the 21st-century learner in an ever‐changing society. As a result, the student will:

    • achieve to his/her maximum potential
    • demonstrate academic, career, and personal/social problem-solving skills
    • recognize and appreciate individual and cultural differences
    • develop communication, citizenship and employability skills to make positive contributions to the community
    • access human and technological resources for support and information 

    What is Connections? 

    Each middle school day begins with a connections period. Connections is a dedicated time for students to check in with teachers and get organized for the day and week, which supports executive functioning. Connections also include an intentional focus on social-emotional learning and study skill development and provides time for academic support during study hall.  Following advisory, students head off to core and specialist courses (math, science, Spanish, physical education, music, art, and technology) for the remainder of their day. Depending on the Semester, sixth through eighth-grade students will have concentrated music, fine arts, or technology experience.

    What is a School Counselor?

    We are certified, trained, and caring professionals who works with all students, parents, teachers, staff and the community, in order for every student to achieve academic and social success. School Counseling services are delivered in four specific ways:

    Classroom Counseling Curriculum- We teach classroom lessons to all students on topics such as social/emotional, academic, and career needs.

    Individual Student Planning- assisting students with goal formation/planning (behavioral, academic, etc.)

    Responsive Services- meeting immediate student needs: counseling, crisis intervention, consultation, referral, and peer mediation.

    System Support- schoolwide program planning and implementation (PBIS), consulting with other professionals, coordination of various supports for students and families.


    How does your child experience school counseling services?

    Individual Counseling - We provide a safe and confidential environment for students to discuss many topics regarding their social/emotional needs, career goals as well as academic success. Some topics that we may discuss include: friendship issues, stress, time management, goal-setting, academic planning, bullying, family changes, social skills, organization, career exploration and development of problem solving skills.

    Small Group Counseling- A process where students sharing similar issues or concerns work together in a small group environment consisting of about 3-6 peers. Topics are based on the needs of the students and may include: divorce or changing families, grief and loss, friendship and social skills, study skills, conflict resolution, anger management, self-esteem, and stress-management.

    Classroom Counseling lessons- We develop and implement middle school classroom curriculum driven by national and county school counseling outcomes.  We often co-plan and co-teach lessons with other professionals in the building to support social and emotional growth across curricular areas.  

    Academic Interventions - We provide many academic interventions to enhance student success. We work individually with students on their time management skills, study skills, and organization. We occasionally conduct classroom observations or complete weekly assessments of student's academic progress. We work with teachers to provide supplementary interventions unique to each student's specific needs, in order to ensure that every student will excel to their highest academic potential.