• 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!

    Technology Awareness and Online Safety Resources

    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.

    National Suicide Prevention and Awareness Month Handout

    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.


    For Parents

    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?


    gratitude    coping


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

    Apps for Relaxation

    Shift your mindset

    Daily Quarantine Questions    Mindset Shift    planted


    Just remember...

    Control Circle   Not Cancelled

    tips    define

    Need More Resources?
    Additional social-emotional resources can be found on the county website: https://www.staffordschools.net/Page/29319

    Career Exploration

    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:Naviance Instructions

    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) - troxelsf@staffordschools.net

    Alieka Reid (7th Grade) - reidat@staffordschools.net

    Adam Fulton (6th Grade) - fultonam@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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