Brandi CarltonSchool Counselor
Phone: (757) 229-8051 (ext. 21115)
Grade: 6-8
Last Names: A-L
Mairead ConnellySchool Counselor
Phone: (757) 229-8051 (ext. 21150)
Grade: 6-8
Last Names: M-Z
Sarah AyalaAdministrative Assistant/Registrar
Phone: (757) 229-8051 (ext. 21104)

Academy Day 2022

March 16th, 2022|

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The school counseling department at Berkeley Middle School empowers all students to achieve their greatest potential, prepared for high school graduation, college success, and career opportunities. The school counseling team delivers a comprehensive, data-driven program that promotes academic achievement, career exploration, and social/emotional growth. We collaborate with students, parents, staff, and community stakeholders to advocate for equity, access, and success for every learner.

Counseling Services

In order to meet the needs of our students and families, we offer the following counseling services:

  • Individual counseling: we meet one on with students to address academic, career, and emotional concerns.
  • Small group counseling: we meet with 4-8 students for eight weeks to address various topics, including academic achievement, empowerment, stress management, and other topics.
  • Classroom instruction: we provide 60 minute lessons each semester to discuss academic success, career exploration, and managing emotions. 
  • Appraisal and advisement: we guide students in developing and managing specific short-term and long-term goals informed by student inventories, interests, and strengths. We also help students prepare for major transitions.
  • Consultation and collaboration: we partner with teachers, administration, and staff to advocate for equity, access, and student success.
  • Referrals for community services: we connect families to outside agencies to help students maximize personal and academic achievement.

School/Community Partnerships

  • Griffin Mentoring Program: a mentoring program sponsored by the College of William and Mary that offers weekly mentoring during lunch
  • Griffin After School: an after school program sponsored by the College of William and Mary that offers tutoring on Mondays and Wednesdays. Students also receive enrichment opportunities including field trips.
  • Key Club Partnership – These are lessons put together (per a JHS student and the Key Club) to teach you how you can take the initiative on your own, to boost your self-esteem! There is a lesson on self-esteem, self-talk, goal setting, comparison and friendship. The lessons are on Nearpod, and consist of games, interactive videos, informative slides, open ended questions and more! Each lesson is self-paced and should take about 45 minutes to complete. It is suggested to complete one lesson a week, but it is completely up to you how long you take to go through the lessons! For the curriculum, the only supplies you would need are paper, a pencil and occasionally additional supplies that are listed in the lesson.

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