The Guidance Department is a support system to help your child negotiate the middle school years, a time of great physical, mental, and emotional change. It is my goal to get to know your child as an individual, and to develop a positive, trusting relationship which is essential for effective counseling. I encourage you to contact me with any concerns that you may have for your child.
Through individual and group counseling, students are to become more aware of their personal and social skills and demonstrate learned techniques in their daily life. Both group and individual counseling are non-therapeutic in nature and should not be in lieu of outside therapy.
As many of you know, the Anti-Bullying Bill of Rights was signed into law and is now in effect starting with the 2011-12 school year. This bill aims to ensure that schools maintain positive school climate and cultures that promote civility, respect and caring. In the Guidance Office, I am responsible for investigating reports of bullying and to offer support to students directly involved with each incident and the school as a whole. As LPMS’ Anti-bullying Specialist, I help to ensure that each incident of suspected bullying is investigated thoroughly and that support and guidance is offered to those students in need. Lincoln Park Middle School aims to foster an environment where every student feels safe and cared for in their school. Through the Week of Respect and various other assemblies and activities, we hope to teach the students how to be Upstanders in their school community. Upstanders are students who offer aid to one another and who do not tolerate bullying, harassment or intimidation in their school. Together we can make a difference!