Counselors are an integral part of the educational team at TAISM. There is a counselor for each divisional level. Counselors at TAISM are trained to provide short-term individual and group counseling to address mental, physical, and emotional concerns that may be impacting students’ learning and/or their well-being. If a student requires long-term counseling, counselors can assist with locating resources outside of school to help support the student. TAISM counselors offer support and information to parents in a variety of ways: individual meetings, email, newsletter, parent forums, etc. Parents are encouraged to conference with their child’s counselor by phone, email or in person regarding any aspect of their child’s well-being while at TAISM.
The TAISM school counselors believe:
- All students can learn and grow intellectually and personally into positive, active global citizens.
- All students should thrive academically, socially and emotionally in a learning environment where the values of honesty, respect, responsibility, and compassion are paramount.
- All students have the ability to learn in a developmentally appropriate manner.
- We should celebrate and draw upon the diversity among our students.
- All students face significant life choices and need support in making wise and healthy decisions.
- Our primary role is in being an advocate for every student.
- All students must have an equal right to access a school counselor and to participate in a comprehensive counseling program designed to ensure their personal growth.
The role of the counselor at the Middle School level:
- Welcomes new students and their families to TAISM, by facilitating the orientation programs which include academic scheduling and any other transition concerns. The MS Counselor also facilitates the exiting process when students leave TAISM.
- Coordinates referrals from teachers and parents, and facilitates the Student Support Team (SST) meetings.
- Collaborates with teachers, parents, administrators and other educators to discuss, design and implement specific interventions based on students’ individual needs.
- Provides outside mental health resources in the community and serves as a resource to families.
- Supports and assists students entering the middle school from 5th grade and those transitioning to enter High School.
- Coordinates the Advisory Program and provides lessons as needed in order to reach the Advisory objectives.
- Co-teaches certain aspects of the Middle School Health curriculum via Counselor Connection. This is a mini-lesson given by the Counselor focusing on the mental and emotional aspects of each Health unit.
- Coordinates external testing.
- Encourages leadership development through programs such as Middle School Student Council and Student Ambassadors.
A collection of parenting books are available in the Library and the Counselor’s Office.
Kids Health: http://kidshealth.org/parent/
Please feel encouraged to contact us if you have any questions regarding these services.
Andrea Callaway, TAISM Middle School Counselor