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School Counseling Office: 301-645-1334 or 301-753-1788



Meet Your Professional School Counselors

 

Dr. Yvette Thomasson, 6th Grade

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Mr. Michael Shorter, 7th Grade
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Ms. Foster, Department Chairperson & 8th Grade

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  Mrs. Karen Dennis, Counseling Secretary
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Our Mission

The mission of Benjamin Stoddert’s 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. This is accomplished through a partnership with parents/guardians, staff, and community members to enable all students to become successful, productive citizens and lifelong learners in a diverse and changing world.

Our Vision

The Benjamin Stoddert Counseling Department will empower all students to reach their maximum potential by using a comprehensive program that addresses academic, personal/social, and career goals. We will promote an environment to encourage personal inquiry and growth, social responsibility, and academic excellence. School counselors believe that every student can succeed through the collaborative efforts of school, home, and community leading to responsible and productive citizenship


Our Beliefs

Benjamin Stoddert's school counselors believe:

  • Every student can succeed.
  • Learning is a lifelong process.
  • Fostering a positive self-image is the collaborative effort of the school, home, and community which leads to responsible and productive citizenship.
  • The diverse needs of all students must be addressed through the school counseling program.
  • Every student needs appropriate personal and social skills to achieve optimum benefits from the educational program.
  • A comprehensive, developmental school counseling program is not a support service but an integral part of the total education program.
  • A developmentally appropriate school counseling program provides important benefits to individual students by addressing their intellectual, emotional, social, physical, and psychological needs.

    Why School Counselors?

    Today’s young people are living in an exciting time, with an increasingly diverse and mobile society, new technologies, and expanding opportunities. To help ensure that they are prepared to become the next generation of parents, workers, leaders and citizens, students need support, guidance and opportunities during their school years. School counselors provide services to students, parents, school staff and the community in the following areas:
  • School Counseling Curriculum
    This curriculum consists of lessons designed to help students gain the knowledge and skills appropriate for their developmental level. The service provided will help students:
    - Demonstrate personal and academic growth.
    - Make appropriate educational and career decisions.
    - Have productive interactions with others.
  • Responsive Services Responsive services are preventative and/or intervention activities meeting students’ immediate and future needs. These needs may be addressed in any of the following activities:
    - Individual or group counseling.
    - Consultation with parents, teachers and other educators.
    - Referrals to other school support services or community resources.

    It is through a comprehensive developmental school counseling program that counselors work as a team member with school staff, parents, and the community to create a caring, supportive atmosphere in which students can achieve academic success.

    School Counselors can help in many situations…..
    “My parents are getting a divorce. I don’t know what’s going to happen.”
    “I’m new here and I’m having trouble making friends.”
    “My child scores high on standardized tests but hardly makes passing grades in school.”
    “My child is telling me that there is no homework, but I found out that the homework is not getting done.”
    “The student hasn’t been acting like himself lately. He seems to be preoccupied with something.”
    “The student has been absent from school for many school days. She is now having difficulty in school.”

    Meetings and Conferences
    Parents
    To meet with a BSMS, school counselor, please feel free to contact us via e-mail or phone. Parent teacher conferences (PTC) are scheduled by a school counselor. PTC’s are held on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays starting at 3:15 PM (appointments only).

    Students
    To receive counseling services, a “Request to See the School Counselor” form has to be filled out by you or the person(s) making the request. A school counselor will meet with you within 24 hours. Emergencies are addressed immediately. Request forms will be located in the school counseling suite, main office and in your classrooms.

Frequently Asked Questions:

How do I REGISTER my child?


Parents MUST complete a registration packet in order to register their child. We suggest that you complete the paperwork electronically via our county website at http://www.ccboe.com/ss/how-to-register/.  The link will provide you with information that you will need to ensure a smooth registration process at our school. Please contact Mrs. Dennis, our Counseling Secretary, to schedule an appointment to register your child. If you prefer to fill out the hard copy version of the registration packet, please feel free to stop by our school counseling office to pick the registration packet up any time during the school day. If possible, to expedite the registration process, please complete the registration packet prior to your arrival.

How do I WITHDRAW my child?


Parents/guardians MUST come to the school counseling office to sign the withdrawal form. Please allow a minimum of 48 hours to prepare the withdrawal packet. Students must return all school owned reading materials.

If I have a question on a grade my student received on his/her report card, whom do I contact?

With any academic concern, you should always contact your child's teacher first. The teacher is the one who knows your child the best and will be able to answer specific grade related questions. If you are unable to reach your student’s teacher, please contact his or her grade level school counselor. The school counselor will do his or her best to ensure that your concerns are addressed.


How can I contact my child’s teacher(s)?

Please contact your child’s teacher via e-mail or you can call Mrs. Miller, our school’s main office secretary and leave a message requesting that the teacher(s) return your call.

What is the purpose of a parent teacher conference?

A parent teacher conference can be used as either a preventative, proactive or responsive measure to ensure that your child is performing

optimally, academically, socially, emotionally and behaviorally.


What are alternatives to parent teacher conferences if I wish to contact my child's teachers in regards to her/his progress, or to express my concerns?

The most direct route is to contact the individual teachers first. Individual teachers will be happy to speak with you by phone, e-mail or in person (with an appointment).

How is a student invited to a counseling group?

Students are invited to become a participant in a group that promotes academic, career, or personal/social development through self-referral, staff recommendation, and/or parent request.

How do I request homework/classwork if my child is going to be absent from school?

It is the responsibility of the student to request missing homework or class work directly from their teachers if they miss less than three days of school. If a student is absent for more than three consecutive days, you may call the counseling department and Mrs. Dennis will handle homework/class work requests. We must give teachers a minimum of one day notice to prepare and provide work for parents/guardians to pick up. Please pick up all requested homework/classwork packets from Mrs. Dennis in the School Counseling office. It is the responsibility of the parent/guardians to pick up their child’s work in a timely manner.


ATTENTION 8th graders & Parents/Guardians:

To plan for the completion of middle school, starting the month of March, 8th grade students will be asked to provide two current proofs of residency. Please keep in mind these documents are necessary to plan for their high school scheduling and transition. Every student transitioning to a new school within Charles County Public Schools is required to provide residential verification. Our Counseling Department will be making announcements, robo calls, and emails to remind you of this paperwork. We appreciate your assistance! Student records will not be forwarded without these proofs.