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Rivera, Dea
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Swift, Patty
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College Information

CSUMentor.com: An informative link to the California State University application/admissions process.

Assist.org: Community College transfer information for the CSU and UC system.

Calstate.edu: Information on the California State University schools.

Petersons.com: Contains everything you wanted to know about any college.

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Universityofcalifornia.edu: U.C. information and requirements.

Counselors' Page

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School Counselors 
Why We Are Here ...

Counselors provide academic, personal/social, and career development support to the approximately 1150 students at Madison Middle School. If at any time you need assistance in any of these areas, please do not hesitate to ask. We have a wide variety of resources available to help students in all areas of life so please come see us if you need support with your academics, your post-high school planning or with any personal issue you may have. Students may see counselors at lunch, before, and after school.

Please contact Counseling Secretary, Mrs. Cross, to make an appointment with a counselor.


Who are the Counselors of Madison MS and where are they located?

  • Mrs. Patty Swift (Students w/ last names beginning with E-Z) EXT. 62008
  • Mrs. Dea Rivera (English Learners & Students w/ last names beginning with A-D) EXT. 62007
  • Mrs. Abby Koerner (M,W,F) EXT. 62013
  • Their offices are located in the Administration Building

What are some reasons to see a counselor?

There are many different reasons to see a counselor. However, a student would regularly see a counselor if they are experiencing academic difficulties, are going through some personal struggles, need some assistance in resolving conflict with peers, or would just like help in planning for college or a career.

What does "confidentiality" mean as it relates to a counseling session?

In a counseling session, confidentiality means that whatever is said in the session "stays in the session" with the people who were in the session.

What would be some reasons to break this "confidentiality"?

A counselor may need to share information with other staff, administrators, parents, or other community resources (police, CPS, social workers, etc.) if students mention things about themselves or others:
-hurting oneself
-hurting another person
-destroying property
-being involved in abuse

When can students see a counselor?

The counselors at MMS have an "open door" policy. This means that if a student walks into a counselor's office and that person is available, then the counselor would be more than happy to meet with that student at that time.

A student can meet with a counselor before school, after school, or during lunch. However while in class, if a student is going through a crisis and needs to speak to a counselor, that student will need to ask their teacher for permission to see a counselor.

Lastly, another way to see a counselor is to fill out a blue "Counselor Appointment" slip and leave that with Mrs. Clem or Mrs. Cross in the Counseling Office. When the counselor is available, the counselor will send an "office call slip" to the student in class to come and speak with them.

Parents' Guide to Homework

Helping your child establish habits to complete homework assignments in a timely and appropriate manner is a challenge that all parents face. Preparing yourself and your student for the time commitment and discipline required for successful homework completion will pay off in the long run with higher grades and overall academic success. Below you will find suggestions to help you and your child manage this area of responsibility. Parents' motivation and support are the keys to a child's success in school.


Success Tips

  • Encourage Independence and Responsbility: Help your student learn to keep track of assignments and due dates in their planner and on a master calendar.
  • Foster Good Student Habits: Provide a special place to do homework during a specific time frame each day.
  • Create New Friendships: Help your child foster new relationships by encouraging participation in clubs, sport teams, and social functions.
  • Learn to Self-Advocate: It's not too early to help your child learn to approach their teachers or counselor when they are struggling with an assignment or difficulty at school.
  • Prepare the Evening Before: Have a special "ready to go" place at home where backpacks, jackets, and lunch are ready to head out the door. Choose an outfit to wear the next day to alleviate slow starts in the morning.
  • Eat Healthy Meals and Snacks: Students are able to concentrate in school if they have an ample diet of protein, fresh fruits, and vegetables.
  • Enjoy the Experience: The Middle School Years will pass quickly; it's important to plan family outings and activities to help your student ease the transition and reduce feelings of stress and anxiety. Balance is the key!