Welcome to the Counseling Department of John Hanson MS

Meet the Team
Why School Counseling
CCPS Promotion Policy
Student Registration & Withdrawal
Academic Support





 Bullying, Harassment and Intimidation Policy #5117 - Refresher 

Meet the Team


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6th Grade Counselor Nichole Thomas This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
7th Grade Counselor April Magee This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
8th Grade Counselor Neal Bankenstein This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 
Counseling Department Secretary Mrs. Jeanne Back This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

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Why School Counseling?

Why Middle School Counselors?
Middle school students are characterized by rapid physical growth, curiosity about their world and an emerging self-identity. Through a comprehensive developmental school counseling program, counselors work as a team member with school staff, parents and the community to create a caring, supportive climate and atmosphere whereby young adolescents can achieve academic success. Middle school counselors enhance the learning process and promote academic achievement. School counseling programs are essential for students to achieve optimal personal growth, acquire positive social skills and values, set appropriate career goals and realize full academic potential to become productive, contributing members of the world community. The professional middle school counselor holds a masters degree and required state certification in school counseling.

Middle School Students' Developmental Needs

Middle school is an exciting, yet challenging time for students, their parents and teachers. During this passage from childhood to adolescence, middle school students are characterized by a need to explore a variety of interests, connecting their learning in the classroom to its practical application in life and work; high levels of activity coupled with frequent fatigue due to rapid growth; a search for their own unique identity as they begin turning more frequently to peers rather than parents for ideas and affirmation; extreme sensitivity to the comments from others; and heavy reliance on friends to provide comfort, understanding and approval.

Meeting the Challenge
Middle school counselors are professional educators with a mental health perspective who understand and respond to the challenges presented by today’s diverse student population. Middle school counselors do not work in isolation; rather they are integral to the total educational program. They provide proactive leadership that engages all stakeholders in the delivery of programs and services to help students achieve success in school. Professional school counselors align with the school’s mission to support the academic achievement of all students as they prepare for the ever-changing world of the 21st century. This mission is accomplished through the design, development, implementation and evaluation of a comprehensive, developmental and systematic school counseling program. The ASCA National Standards in the academic, National Model: A Framework For School Counseling Programs, with its data driven and results-based focus serves as a guide for today’s school counselor who is uniquely trained to implement this program.

Middle School Counselors Implement the Counseling Program by Providing:
School Guidance Curriculum

  • Academic skills support
  • Organizational, study and test-taking skills
  • Education in understanding self and others
  • Coping strategies
  • Peer relationships and effective social skills
  • Communication, problem-solving, decision-making and conflict resolution
  • Career awareness, exploration and planning
  • Substance abuse education
  • Multicultural/diversity awareness

    Individual Student Planning
  • Goal-setting/decision- making
  • Academic planning
  • Career planning
  • Education in understanding of self, including strengths and weaknesses
  • Transition planning

    Responsive Services
  • Individual and small group counseling
  • Individual/family/school crisis intervention
  • Peer facilitation
  • Consultation/collaboration
  • Referrals

    System Support
  • Professional development
  • Consultation, collaboration and teaming
  • Program management and operation

Middle School Counselors Collaborate With:

Parent information nights
Academic planning programs
Parent and family education
One-on-one parent conferencing
Assessment results interpretation
Resource referrals
College/career exploration

Assistance with students’ academic plans
Classroom guidance
Academic support
At-risk student identification and implementation of interventions to enhance success
Parent communication/education

School climate
Behavioral management plans
Student data and results
Student assistance team building

Peer education
Peer support
Academic support
School climate
Leadership development

Job shadowing
service learning
Crisis interventions
Support groups
Career education

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CCPS Promotion Policy

Core Subjects Related Arts
Language Arts/Reading Art
Mathematics Band/Strings
Science Computer Skills
Social Studies Health
You are required to take all 4 core subjects each year. Music/Chorus
  Physical Education
  Gateway to Technology/Technology Education
  World Language

The following subjects are required middle school core subjects and related arts that you must pass to be promoted to 7th, 8th, and 9th grade:
Superintendent’s Rule 5131.32

Except as provided in 5131.33, in order for a sixth, seventh, or eighth grader to be promoted, the student must:

1.Pass Language Arts/ Reading; and
2.Pass Middle School Mathematics; and
3.Meet one of the following:
a) Pass Science and Social Studies and at least one related arts course; or
b) Pass Science and at least two related arts courses; or
c) Pass Social Studies and at least two related arts courses.

  • Middle school students failing a required core subject during the school year must attend summer school to achieve a passing grade.
  • Middle school students failing a high school level math course (Algebra, Algebra II, and Geometry) can repeat the course in high school.
  • Middle school students who fail a high school level math course will be promoted as long as they meet all other promotion criteria. They must, however, repeat the math course either in summer school or during the next school year.

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Student Registration & Withdrawal
How to Register:

All children entering Charles County Public Schools must have the following:
1. A physical examination by a physician or a certified practitioner
2. Proof of required immunizations against communicable diseases
3. A copy of the most recent report card
4. Child's birth certificate or other acceptable proof of birth (e.g. passport/visa; physician's certificate; baptismal or church certification; hospital certificate; or birth registration).
5. Two proofs of Domicile
*Note-Parent(s)/guardian(s) are responsible for promptly notifying the school system of any change in address. Failure to do so may result in the student being immediately transferred to the school zoned for the student's correct address*

Acceptable Proofs of Domicile - Proofs must be current within 30-45 days of registration:

  • Deed, mortgage statement/bill or settlement papers (with appropriate signatures)
  • Current signed verifiable lease or rental agreement (with signatures of both parties)
  • Current utility bill (complete with name and address)
  • Verification of Domicile form accompanied by two acceptable proofs of Domicile for the owner/lessee of the property
  • Ratified purchase contract and letter with settlement date
  • Property tax bill for domicile (not assessment)
  • Most recent property insurance bill
  • Current pay check with name and address
  • Property title record
  • Current court document with name, date, and home address
  • Current government issued documents that include name, date, and home address such as documentation of benefits from Social Security Administration Written documentation of home visit by a pupil personnel worker
  • *Note - Any proof of Domicile, bill, or other document must be in its entirety with parent/guardian name and both the residence/service address as well as the mailing address including city, state, and current date.

Unacceptable Proofs of Domicile:

  • Drivers License
  • Voter Registration
  • Car Registration
  • Credit card statement/bill
  • Cellular or telephone bill
  • Cable bill
  • General mail, advertising mail, mail to occupant
  • Any mail/bills with no resident named and/or address
  • P.O. Box addresses and no street or road address
  • Lot numbers and property numbers
  • Termination of service notices
  • Deeds, titles, or tax bills to property with no dwelling on it. The property must be lived on by the
  • party to qualify as a residence
  • Letters or notes from individuals other than a staff pupil personnel worker or school administrator,whether notarized or not

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Academic Support
Need additional help with Math? The websites below will make a great start!

Custodial/Noncustodial Parents
CCPS Counseling Services
Maryland Community Services Locator
National Bullying Prevention Center