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Ms. Harris, 6th Grade

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Ms. Foster, 7th Grade

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Our Mission:

At Benjamin Stoddert Middle School, the Counseling Department is here to serve the students and parents by providing assistancewith social/emotional needs, personal decision making, academicsuccess, and career planning. We hope to assist in the development of students through individual counseling, group counseling, and classroom guidance activities

Who We Serve:

The Counseling Department is here to serve YOU! Our primary goal is to promote student success in the areas of personal, social, academic and career development. Our school counselors collaborate with the school staff, parents, and the community to create the optimal educational experience where students can attain the skills necessary for future endeavors.

How We Serve Students:

  • Individual Counseling
  • Group Counseling
  • Peer-Mediation
  • Mentoring Programs
  • Classroom Guidance Lessons
  • Career Exploration & Planning
  • Academic Planning
  • Support with Transitions

Operations of the Counseling Department:

Registrations:

Please visit the Registration Page to find all mandatory items needed for registration.

Contact Mrs. Martin, the Counseling Secretary, to schedule an appointment with the appropriate school counselor to register your child.  Parents must also complete a registration packet in order to register their child.  These packets must be completed and provided at the time of registration.  Parents may pick up registration packets at any time during the school day.

Withdrawals:

Parents must complete the necessary withdrawal paperwork in order to withdraw their child. Only a legal guardian may withdraw a student. Students must be cleared by the librarian and have no overdue books or outstanding fines. All textbooks must be returned to the child's teachers. If books aren't returned, then the parent/guardian must pay for the book. Please contact the Counseling Secretary, Mrs. Martin, to obtain necessary withdrawal paperwork and information.

Effective Communication between parents/teachers:

Our staff makes every effort to communicate routinely with parents via telephone calls, e-mails and interim progress reports. View our staff directory and feel free to e-mail your child's teachers.

Parent/Teacher Conferences:

Parents/guardians wishing to meet with only one teacher should contact that teacher directly via telephone or email. If a parent desires to meet with more than one teacher, please call the appropriate school counselor to schedule a conference. Parent/ teacher conferences will take place on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, or Thursdays either before school from 8:00am-8:15am or after school from 3:05pm-3:30pm. Conferences need to be scheduled with one day notice. Please sign-in with the front office secretary and obtain a visitor's pass before your conference. To make the most of your child’s conference please be on time because we must adhere to ending times listed. Make sure your child is present for the conference.

Home/Classwork Requests:

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. Martin will handle home/class work requests. School counselors must give teachers a minimum of one day notice to prepare and provide work for parents/guardians to pick up.

Please pick up all homework packets requested in Counseling Office with Mrs. Martin. If students/parents fail to pick up requested assignments, we will hold the packet for 24 hours and then return the work to his/her teachers. If work is requested and picked up, and not returned, the student will receive zeros for all work supplied.

*A note for 8th graders:

To plan for the completion of middle school, 8th grade students will be asked to provide two current proofs of residency before the end of the year. 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, calls, and mailers to remind you of this paperwork. Click here for the link to the CCPS acceptable proofs of domicile.  We appreciate your assistance!