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. Reid, and Mr. Fulton
Online Safety and Awareness
Technology is a great resource to connect with others, stay up to date on information and new, and complete schoolwork. There are many benefits to technology; however, there are some dangers, as well, that we want students to avoid. Check out this Handout for Online Safety Resources and take the quiz at the end to test your knowledge!
September is National Suicide Awareness & Prevention Month
This handout provides information links, self-care and self-help strategies for when you might feel low, and a wellness activity to make sure your life is balanced in all areas. Your counselors are here for you. Remember, YOU MATTER.
Social-Emotional Wellness Links
Social Distance Selfie Bingo Challenge:
Stay Resilient During COVID-19:
Social-Emotional Learning Activites:
Check out this Virutal Calming Room from SHS!
On the left hand side, you will find multiple videos, tools, activities, and apps to help manage emotions.
Care for Caregivers:
The Parent Connection: Coping with the Closure Workshop:
How to Talk to Kids About Race (video):
Talking to kids about discrimination (article):
Activity Workbook for African-American Families:
What can I do when I feel stressed and overwhelmed?
This is a list of Apps for relaxation, mindfulness, and meditation. Check them out for FREE!
Shift your mindset
Need More Resources?Additional social-emotional resources can be found on the county website: https://www.staffordschools.net/Page/29319
You can use Naviance to learn which career cluseter you are most interested in by taking the Career Cluster Finder and explore jobs around the USA through RoadTrip Nation! Here are the instructions on how to get to Naviance:
There is also a new feature to Naviance called NAVIANCE CURRICULUM.
Log in to Naviance and scroll down to the bottom to find a blue button titled "Naviance College, Career and Life Readiness Curriculum" Click the blue "Get Started" button in the first box titled "What do you know?".
These are fun interactive 15-20 minute lessons to get you thinking about your career goals.
"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, 8th Grade) - email@example.com
Alieka Reid (7th Grade) - firstname.lastname@example.org
Adam Fulton (6th Grade) - email@example.com
Judy Basluke - firstname.lastname@example.org
WHAT DOES YOUR SCHOOL COUNSELOR DO?
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
- 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!