Student Services

Student Support Services

860-870-6864

 Mrs. Janis Bouley – School Counselor, Grade 6 and Team 7 Blue

jbouley@tolland.k12.ct.us

 Mrs. Alicia Miller– School Counselor, Grade 8 and Team 7 Gold

amiller@tolland.k12.ct.us

 Mrs. Brenda Waterhouse – School Psychologist

bwaterhouse@tolland.k12.ct.us

Mrs. Michelle Bates – Secretary

mbates@tolland.k12.ct.us

 

  • Requests for homework for long-term absences are processed through the guidance office via note or phone call to the guidance secretary.  24 hour notice is necessary to provide such work.

 

 Tolland Middle School Counseling Program

The TMS counseling program is designed to support middle school students and their families as they navigate through the unique and diverse challenges of adolescence.  In this effort, we provide all students with strategies for academic achievement, personal and social development, and understanding the relationship between school and the world of work.

 Program Components

 The four components of the TMS counseling program are as follows:

  • Individual Planning – Emphasis is on the individual with regard to academic advising, appraisal, and long-term planning.
  • Responsive Services – Emphasis is placed on counseling, consultation, and referral.  Students may participate in small group counseling such as stress management, divorce, bereavement, peer issues, organization, girls group, boys group, and anger management.  These groups are not intended to be therapeutic, but allow students the opportunity to share common thoughts and experiences, and learn coping skills and strategies.
  • Program Support – Support is provided for curriculum, staff and program development, parent newsletters, community speakers, records management, orientation programs, etc.
  • Curriculum – Counselors visit classrooms regularly to present lessons promoting academic, personal/social, and career development.  Topics generally focus on skill development in the following areas: self-understanding and interpersonal relations; self-direction; decision making and problem solving; teamwork and cooperation; cultural awareness; career/postsecondary investigation, options and planning; organization and time management; communication; peer pressure and conflict resolution.

Roles of the School Counselor

The counseling program provides major assistance in the development of student’s self-respect and involvement in their own learning process.  In so doing, counselors function in a number of different capacities including:

  • Counselor:  The counseling role provides a broad range of opportunities for problem solving and skill development to assist students in setting realistic goals. 
  • Advocate:  The counselor recommends or supports courses of action which enhance student achievement.
  • Leader: The counselor facilitates the integration of resources from the school and community to establish a complete network of services for academic, personal/social and career development. 
  • Consultant and Collaborator: The counselor as consultant provides professional expertise to staff, parents and other community members, as well as collaborates with this group to enhance student achievement.
  • Teacher:  The counselor as teacher delivers a planned, sequential guidance curriculum addressing the developmental needs of all students in the school community.

Questions and/or Concerns

Please contact your child’s school counselor with any academic, personal/social, or school-to-career related concerns.


2013-14 Guidance Calendar

End of August/September

Activities of the Month:

  • Student schedules finalized and mailed home (late August)
  • Work with principal, reading specialists, and math remediation staff for exit/entry in reading and math support for second semester
  • Meeting with teams, case managers  regarding students
  • Fine tuning schedules
  • New student registrations, tours, and scheduling
  • New student lunch groups

Classroom Guidance lessons:

  • Grade 6- Transition and Study Skills
  • Grade 7- Transition and Time Management

On-Going Counselor Activities*

October

Activities of the Month:

  • High School Options program- grade 7
  • Interested grade 8 students meet with representatives from alternate high schools
  • Mid-term grade reviews
  • Career Day 2014 preparation- publicity and recruitment of volunteers

 

Classroom Guidance lessons:

  • Grade 6- Decision Making with a Group
  • Grade 7- Identifying Individual Learning Styles
  • Grade 8- Interpersonal Relationships and Communication Skills

 

On-going Counselor Activities*

 

November

Activities of the Month:

  • Quarter 1 grade review
  • Meet with 8th grade students applying to alternate high schools regarding admissions and application progress
  • Quarter 1 Rite of Passage Experience (ROPE) All Day Challenges (10/29 and 10/30) and Graduation (TBD)
  • Career Day 2012 preparation- publicity and recruitment of volunteers

Classroom Guidance lessons:

  • Grade 6- Conflict Resolution
  • Grade 7- Conflict Resolution
  • Grade 8- Diversity/Tolerance

On-going Counselor Activities*

December

Activities of the Month:

  • 8th grade alternate high school applications processed
  • Parent teacher conferences (12/12, 12/13)
  • Mid-term grade review

 

Classroom Guidance lessons:

  • Grade 6- Role of a Student
  • Grade 8- Naviance

 

On-Going Counselor Activities*

 

January

Activities of the Month:

  • Schedule changes- second semester electives
  • Work with principal, reading specialists, and math remediation staff for exit/entry in reading and math support for second semester
  • Quarter 2 ROPE All Day Challenges (1/22 and 1/23) and Graduation (TBD)

 

Classroom Guidance lessons:

  • Grade 6- Naviance/Goal Setting/ Career Awareness
  • Grade 7- Career Exploration
  • Grade 8- Orientation to THS

 

On-Going Counselor Activities*

 

February

Activities of the Month:

  • Career Day 2014- preparation
  • Quarter 2 grade review
  • Mid-year status reports with students in danger of failing for the year; team meetings, letters to parents sent home
  • Career Day 2014- final recruitment information sent to volunteers
  • Mid-term progress report review
  • Letters sent home to 8th grade regarding high school course challenge levels recommendations

 

Classroom Guidance lessons:

  • Grade 6- Refusal Skills I

 

On-Going Counselor Activities*

 

 

March

Activities of the Month:

  • Parent teacher conferences (3/5)
  • Career Day 2014 – 8:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. Biannual event (3/5)
  • CMT administration and make-up testing 
  • Individual meetings with 8th grade students regarding high school planning

Classroom Guidance lessons:

  • Grade 6- Refusal Skills II

On-Going Counselor Activities*


 

April

Activities of the Month:

  • Quarter 3 grade eview
  • Quarter 3 status reports with students in danger of failing for the year; team meetings, letters to parents sent home
  • Quarter 3 ROPE All Day Challenges (4/1 and 4/2) and Graduation (TBD)
  • Placement process begins (grade 5 to 6, grade 6 to 7, grade 7 to 8)
    • Parent questionnaires sent home
  • Individual meetings with 8th grade students regarding high school planning

On-Going Counselor Activities*


 

 

May

Activities of the Month:

  • Mid-term grade review
  • Individual meetings with 8th grade students regarding high school planning
  • Annual reviews- PPT’s and 504’s*

    *Counselors plan and chair 504 meetings

  • 6th grade dance
  • Course request forms distributed

Classroom Guidance lessons:

  • Grade 5 tours of TMS (5/22 - 5/28)
  • Grade 7- Orientation to 8th grade
  • Grade 5- Orientation to 6th grade at TIS

On-Going Counselor Activities*

 

June

Activities of the Month:

  • Grade 6- Orientation to 7th grade
  • Grade 8 tours of THS
  • Parent orientation for grade 5 parents (6/5, 7:00 p.m.)
  • Quarter 4 ROPE All Day Challenges (6/10 and 6/11) and Graduation (TBD)
  • Annual review PPT’s and 504’s finished
  • Promotion/retention hearings for students failing 2 or more subjects
  • New student visitations
  • Individual transition needs
  • Incoming 7th and 8th grade math level recommendations mailed home

On-Going Counselor Activities*

*On-Going Counselor Activities Throughout the Year

Attend team meetings

Parent conferences

PPT’s, 504’s- case coordinator’s, EIP’s- case coordinator’s

Student progress reviews

Small group counseling:   Examples- divorce, stress, girls, boys, organization,  peer pressure, grief & loss, coping with illness in the family

Student mediations- facilitate problem solving between students

Daily individual counseling, including walk-ins and appointments

Professional development

PBIS coaches- attend training and monthly school team meetings

Consulting and collaborating with Tolland Human Services and other community counselors

Weekly RtI meetings

 


Something To Aim For
Parenting Books in Guidance Library |Videos
 |
Kids Self Help Books/Pamphlets
|
High School Options|

To view these documents, you will need to have Adobe Acrobat reader which you can download from the following web site: Adobe Acrobat Reader .