• Welcome to the H. H. Poole Middle School Counseling Center!

    From L to R:  Ms. Brown, Ms. Johnson, Ms. Rinker, Ms. Dernbach and Ms. Donaldson

     From L to R: Ms. Brown, Ms. Johnson, Ms. Rinker, Ms. Dernbach and Ms. Donaldson



    Ten Easy Steps for Registering for high school classes: Use this sheet and the Program of Studies booklet to help you decide which classes you need to take and which classes you would want to take.

    Make a list and keep it safe so you can use it when your counselors meet with you in January and February to pick your classes online.

    10 Easy Steps to High School Course Selection


    SY 2021-22 High School Program of Studies 

     The Program of Studies is important because it tells you descriptions of the classes, which high schools will have the classes, and what classes you might need to take before other classes.

    Ms. Dernbach will be visiting English classes starting the beginning of February to meet with students.  Prior to these meetings, students should have their Course Selection Sheets ready by February 1st. 

    You will find all the Course Selection Sheets under the High School News tab! 


    Ms. Dernbach 



    Greetings to our Marvelous Mustang Students & Families!

    We want to thank everyone for your patience, understanding and perseverance to adapt to our new way of learning in this virtual setting.  We are so proud of you!  You are working hard, you are doing your best and  learning a new digital learning system, completing your assignments and caring for others while practicing good safety and social distancing practices.   You are doing amazing! You should be proud of yourselves for what you have accomplished these last few weeks. Many of you have thrived during this time and some of you have had challenges within this environment and both of those reactions are OKAY! We know that teachers, students and families are overwhelmed, you all have had to learn a ton of new ways of doing things. Everyone is making their best effort to work hard and come together to overcome the challenges.Taking care of yourself is essential to be at our best. Remember to take time away from your screens, get active, do something that brings you joy or helps you relax as forms of self care.   As your Counseling Team we are here for you to celebrate the great things you are accomplishing and to support you when you are feeling sad, anxious and overwhelmed.  We certainly miss seeing your faces come into the Mustang  Counseling Center, but we are finding new ways to meet you and talk with you.  We are working on our own Google Classroom page where we will provide various resources for you to access as needed and we will share this with you soon.   Each of us have set up counselor office hours from 3-3:30 pm every day that we are in school.   If you want to set up a more specific time or individual meeting we can arrange time in the morning hours between 8-10 am.  You can send us an email or contact us using the Student or Parent/Teacher Referral forms below to set up an individual meeting.  We look forward to talking with you soon and having a great year!



    Your Counseling Team

    Ms. Denise Dernbach, Ms. Heather Brown,  & Ms. Danielle Donaldson


    Have a counseling question that you need answered or need assistance?

    If you have general questions regarding academic/educational issues, please feel free to call or email your students school counselor. The counselors contact information is listed below.

    Students:  If you would like your counselor to meet with you, please complete the Student Self Referral Form

    Parents and Teachers: If you would like one of the counselors or the social worker to meet with your student, please complete the Parent/Staff Referral Form  to refer a student for counseling or social work services at H.H. Poole Middle School.

     ** Please note: If this is an EMERGENCY or you (or the person you're referring) is in immediate need of assistance, and it's during school hours, please connect with the social work in-person or via phone. If you cannot reach the school social worker, please contact one of the school counselors, nurse or administration. If it is after hours and there is an emergency, please call 911 or the RACSB Emergency Services Dept 540-373-6876. **


    September is Suicide Prevention Awareness Month. 

    We wanted to share these Suicide Prevention Resources if you should need more information and support during this time.  We wanted to acknowledge and bring awareness to this topic.  People are more isolated, anxious and lonely than ever before, mental health concerns are rising and it's so important to make sure that we seek professional help if we need it.   

    Everyone struggles with emotional pain at some point in their lives. Unfortunately, it can be difficult to know when someone is suffering and needs help.  Some people struggling may find it too difficult to talk or ask for help. People who are suffering in silence often have feelings of shame, isolation and hopelessness.  This can lead to thoughts about suicide.

    Most people thinking about suicide show some signs that they need help. When you learn to recognize the signs and how to start a conversation you can be there when it matters most. Suicide is preventable!

    Recognize, Talk, Act

    H.H. Poole Middle School is in its second year using the Recognize, Talk, Act Program.  If you would like more information, please contact Melissa Rinker, School Social Worker at rinkerms@staffordschools.net .


    National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-TALK (8255) - National Suicide Prevention Hotline

    Identifying Warning Sign/Risk Factors

    How to help someone who is suicidal:  https://youtu.be/CAMAnPRLMH8

    For those considering suicide: https://youtu.be/IqqIV8x82Qc


    For information and resources from VDOE regarding COVID-19 click here 


    The mission of the H.H. Poole Middle School Counseling Department is to provide a proactive, comprehensive, and developmentally appropriate program to address students' academic and career goals in addition to supporting their personal and social needs.


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    The Role of the School Counselor 

    Parents, the press, administrators and the general public often wonder just what it is that school counselors do on a daily basis. Gone are the days of school counselors sitting in their office simply handing out college applications, making schedule changes for students who want to drop a class or waiting for a crisis to occur. Today's school counselors are vital members of the education team. They help all students in the areas of academic achievement, career and social/emotional development, ensuring today's students become the productive, well-adjusted adults of tomorrow.


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    Naviance Access

    We are so excited to introduce our middle school students to Naviance! Naviance is a comprehensive college and career readiness solution that helps districts and schools align student strengths and interests to postsecondary goals, improving student outcomes and connecting learning to life. Students can connect their interests to potential career paths early ensures active participation in their own academic success and opens their eyes to the wide world of career opportunities. The career planning tools in Naviance allow students to understand how their strengths, goals, skills, and interests can lead to exciting careers. 


    To log into Naviance, click here.


    Don't forget to check your studentvue and parentvue accounts regularly for grades and other information. For parentvue/studentvue instructions and tutorials click here.


    Meet Our Counseling Team!

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