Welcome to the Guidance Department at Blanchard Middle School
Our guidance department works to support all students' intellectual, social and personal development. As always, if there are any questions or concerns regarding your student, we would like to hear from you. You can contact us at 978-692-5582 or send us an email at the email addresses listed below.
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Middle School Students & Their Developmental Needs
Today's young people are living in an exciting time, with an increasingly diverse society, new technologies, and expanding opportunities. To help ensure that they are prepared to become the next generation of parents, workers, leaders, and citizens, every student needs support, guidance, and opportunities during adolescence, a time of rapid growth and change. Early adolescents face unique and diverse challenges, both personally and developmentally, that have an impact on academic achievement. Middle school students are characterized by rapid physical growth, curiosity about their world and an emerging self-identity. Middle school is an exciting, yet challenging time for students, their parents and teachers. During this passage from childhood to adolescence, middle school students are characterized by a need
to explore a variety of interests, connecting their learning in the classroom to its practical application in life and work; high levels of activity coupled with frequent fatigue due to rapid growth; a search for their own unique identity as they begin turning more frequently to peers rather than parents for ideas and affirmation; extreme sensitivity to the comments from others; and heavy reliance on friends to provide comfort, understanding and approval.
Role of Middle School Counselors
Through a comprehensive developmental school counseling program, counselors work as a team member with school staff, parents and the community to create a caring, supportive climate and atmosphere whereby young adolescents can achieve academic success. Middle school counselors enhance the learning process and promote academic achievement.
School counseling programs are essential for students to achieve optimal personal growth, acquire positive social skills and values, set appropriate career goals and realize full academic potential to become productive, contributing members of the world community. The professional middle school counselor holds a master's degree and required state certification in school counseling. Maintaining certification includes on-going professional development to stay current with education reform and challenges facing today's students. Professional association membership is encouraged as it enhances the school counselor's knowledge and effectiveness.
Middle School Counselors Implement the Counseling Program by Providing:
School Guidance Curriculum Academic skills support Organizational, study and test-taking skills Education in understanding self and others Coping strategies Peer relationships and effective social skills Communication, problem-solving, decision-making and conflict resolution Substance abuse education Multicultural/diversity awareness Individual Student Planning Goal-setting/decision- making Academic planning Career planning Education in understanding of self, including strengths and weaknesses Transition
planning Responsive Services Individual and small group counseling Individual/family/school crisis intervention Peer facilitation Consultation/collaboration System Support
Professional development Consultation, collaboration and teaming Program management and operation Parent information nights Communication/networking Academic planning programs
Parent and family education One-on-one parent conferencing Assessment results interpretation Resource referrals College/career exploration Assistance with students' academic plans Classroom guidance activities on study skills, career development, etc. Academic support, learning style assessment and education to help students succeed academically Classroom career speakers At-risk student identification and implementation of interventions to enhance success Parent communication/education Positive school climate Behavioral management plans School-wide needs assessment Student data and results Student assistance team building Leadership Peer education Peer support Academic support Leadership development Community support Crisis interventions Referrals Parenting classes Support groups Career education