Guidance

Middle school is a major transitional stage in your child’s life. Our goal as counselors is to support them in the areas of academic, career and personal/social development so that they may become college, career, and life ready.

Guidance Contacts: 

Grades 6 & 7: Laura Dahlin  ldahlin@pasco.k12.fl.us

Grades 7&8: Janice  Haniford  Jhaniford@pasco.k12.fl.us

Services Provided:

New Student Scheduling

Academic Advising

Classroom Guidance Lessons

Individual Counseling and Consultation

Small Group Counseling

Crisis Counseling

Section 504

Tips for parents:

Listen and Communicate well with your child

Most middle school children express that their parents do not listen to them. They often describe their parents as the “yeller” or “the uh-uh” parent. This type of listening/communication style creates a barrier between you and your child.

  • When your child is speaking, make eye contact and actively listen (this lets them know that they have your undivided attention).
  • Engage your child by asking questions (this reassures them that you are listening and interested).
  • HELP them come up with positive solutions (This is critical for problem solving)

Maintain structure and be consistent

Children who know what to expect on a day to day basis, cope better with life’s ups and downs.

  • Expectations in your home should be clear and concise (make your bed & pick up your clothes/toys off the floor VS. clean your room)
  • Consequences need to be immediate and age appropriate (lack of follow through will result in continued negative behaviors)
  • Give advanced warning or offer choices to the child (avoid making threats).
  • Have a routine (children thrive on stability and predictability)
Manage gaming, social networking, internet use

Majority of middle school students do not have the emotional maturity to handle the issues that arise on social media. They are bombarded with negative messages constantly and this ultimately effects their academic/social/and emotional functioning.

  • Assess your child’s maturity and determine if they are ready for social media (Most middle school children are not).
  • Set ground rules and monitor accounts constantly.
  • Limit time on internet.
  • Revoke internet privileges if your child is not able to use it appropriately.

Utilize School website to monitor assignments, grades and attendance.

We are living in an age where most information is at your fingertips. You are able to access information about your child’s academic success via MYSTUDENT. This will help you understand your child’s successes and challenges.

Acceptance, Respect, and Love

Acceptance, respect, and love are the most crucial of all. Treat your child with the same respect as you would an adult. Show your child you accept them and love them unconditionally.

Additional support staff:

Ms. Asay, Registar

TBA, School Psychologist

Ms. O’Connell,  Compliance Resource Teacher

Ms. Bryant, ESE Secretary

Ms. Sellers, School Social Worker

Ms. Cossette, School Nurse

Mr. Jackson, Attendance