• Welcome to the GMS Counseling Center


    In response to the current public health crisis, the GMS counselors wanted to share some social and emotional wellness resources for you all to try at home! If you have any questions or concerns, the counselors are still available to help. Please do not hesitate to reach out via email. We love and miss our students and are sending positive thoughts your way!

    -Ms. Troxel, Ms. Hodgkins, and Ms. Miller

    Here are some worksheets explaining how we can be physically healthy as well as mentally healthy

                                                             So You've Got Questions About Coronavirus                                  What Can I Do If I'm Feeling Worried?                                                                   

    This is a list of Apps for relaxation, mindfulness, and meditation. Check them out for FREE!

    Apps for Relaxation

    Some days might be more stressful than others. Try to find the good and positive at the end of each day with these daily quarantine questions. Also try to shift your mindset to more positive thoughts.

    Daily Quarantine Questions                   Mindset Shift


    Just remember...

    Control Circle                                        Not Cancelled


    "The professional school counselor is a certified/licenses educator trained in counseling with unique qualifications and skills to address all students' academic, personal/social, and career development needs.  Professional school counselors implement a comprehensive school counseling program that promotes and enhances student achievement". 
    (American School Counselor Association http://schoolcounselor.org)


    Gayle Middle School Counselors

    Sarah Troxel (Director, last names A - L) - troxelsf@staffordschools.net

    Kelly Hodgkins (last names M - Z) - hodgkinskl@staffordschools.net

    Denise Miller (Mondays, Tuesdays & Wednesdays) - denisedw@staffordschools.net



    Judy Basluke - basklukejl@staffordschools.net


    Middle school counselors enhance the learning process and promote academic achievement for all students by providing services to students, parents/guardians, school staff, and the community in the following areas:

    • Academic support services
    • Individual or group counseling
    • Crisis management and responsive counseling services
    • Transition programs
    • Referrals to support services or community resources
    • Advocacy
    • Classroom lessons
    • Parent conferences
    • School-to-parent communication
    • Provide recommendations and assist students with the post-secondary application process
    • At-risk student identification and implementation of interventions to enhance success
    • Improve school climate
    • Assist with behavioral management plans
    • School-wide needs assessments
    • Career Education

    We welcome your phone calls and visits to the Counseling Center for assistance.  Please call  (540) 373-0383 or email your counselor to make an appointment.  It will be a pleasure to work with you during this exciting time for you and your child!




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