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Mission Statement

Cleveland Counselors care about student's educational, personal, and social growth. We are committed to helping them achieve success by providing a comprehensive, preventative counseling program that is responsive to each student's needs.

Counseling Services

Guidance and Counseling services are provided by a licensed mental health professional. Students, parents, teachers, and staff may consult with the counselor on a confidential basis. If a student is not feeling happy or successful at school, the counselor may be of help.

Services provided:

  • Consulting with community members
  • Individual counseling sessions with students upon referral
  • Small group counseling
  • Classroom guidance lessons at teacher request
  • When a child is referred for counseling services, the counselor will contact the parents/guardians before counseling sessions begin.

Meet the counselor to discuss any of the following:

  • Friendships & Relationships
  • Family changes
  • Grief issues
  • Mistreatment
  • Mediation
  • Safety concerns (for yourself or others)
Counseling Notes

Social Media and the Middle School Student

04/06/18

One of our biggest challenges in the counseling department is dealing with issues surrounding social media.  With the majority of our students in possession of cell phones and smart phones, the number of applications available in which they can connect with others is staggering.  Instagram, Kik, Snapchat, Twitter, Vine, Facebook, Youtube, Text messaging, etc. are just a few of the phone and computer applications that middle school students use to connect with their social circles.  Unfortunately, anyone can create and use a profile on any of the various apps and communicate with your student.  We have had instances of anonymous individuals interacting with Cleveland students in an unsafe and inappropriate manner.  Cyberbullying has also become more prominent, creating an emotionally unsafe environment and disrupting the educational process. 

While the middle school student may be more technologically savvy than their parents, they often lack the maturity and life experiences to make safe and appropriate decisions.   At this age, it would be prudent for parents to monitor their child’s social media activity and engage in honest and open conversations. There are a number of phone and computer applications available that allow parents to monitor and track all of their student's phone and online activity. It is not an invasion of privacy, it is a safety issue!  With the level of social media engagement consistently increasing, the inherent risks that comes with digital communication rises, including exposure to inappropriate content and sexting.  Online bullying can and does lead to depression and create a multitude of mental health challenges for the middle school student.

As always, the best plan of action for parents is to talk openly, honestly, and frequently with your student about their social media use and presence.  They need to know that their actions online and on their smart phone becomes a permanent record and that even the most secure privacy setting is not a guarantee that their information won’t be shared.  Below is a URL to a website that provides resources and valuable information on social media and internet/phone safety:

 

The more you know, the better for you and your student!  


Counseling Secretary
Contact Sharon Taylor  Sharon Taylor ex: 43512 Counseling Secretary
Students A - L
Contact Linda Cage  Linda Cage ex: 43506 Counselor

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Students M - Z
Contact Blasa Munoz  Blasa Munoz ex: 43507 Counselor

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