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.
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 another person
-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.