Role of the School Counselor
The school counseling program at Quioccasin Middle School is designed to aid children in mastering the academic, social/emotional, and career tasks which are essential to the development of academic, technical, and life skills. School counselors help students understand the link between academics and future plans, develop skills in career exploration, acquire and maintain positive personal/social relationships, and ultimately become responsible and productive citizens.
Since the purpose of the school counseling program is help students succeed in school and in life, school counselors engage in activities with and for students that help them achieve student competencies identified by the American School Counselor Association National Standards. Student competencies define the knowledge, attitudes, and skills students should obtain and demonstrate in academic, career and social/emotional areas as a result of participating in a standards-based school counseling program.
21st century comprehensive school counseling:
- Ensures equitable access to educational and career exploration opportunities for all students
- Promotes a rigorous academic curriculum for all students
- Provides strategies for closing equity gaps
- Supports the development of skills to increase student success
- Fosters advocacy for all students
These program services are balanced between prevention and intervention and are based upon the needs of students
Program Delivery Services include:
- individual counseling
- small group counseling
- school counseling curriculum (classroom lessons)
- consultation with the important adults in children's lives
- coordination of the school-wide counseling program and services with community agencies
At Quioccasin Middle School, school counselors work with the same group of students as they progress through their middle school years. This allows school counselors to build strong relationships with students and families. School counselors provide meaningful lessons for students on a variety of topics including, but not limited to stress/anxiety management, conflict resolution, bullying prevention, decision-making, problem-solving, goal-setting, course planning, and career exploration.
The mission of the Quioccasin Middle School counseling program aligns with the school's mission which is to create a safe and inclusive learning environment where the focus is every Griffin, every day. We strive to ensure that every Griffin, every day is finding a way to feel connected; every Griffin, every day is being challenged by new learning and experiences; and every Griffin, every day knows that they have a Champion they can turn to. School counselors strive to provide a comprehensive, developmental counseling program that addresses the academic, career, and personal/social needs of all students. Together with students, staff, parents and community members, school counselors strive to facilitate a positive, supportive and culturally sensitive program that ensures our school community has options and opportunities that meet the diverse needs and interests of our students.
Working in the Virtual World
School counselors will continue to provide quality services for students through a virtual model for at least the first marking period of the 2020-2021 school year. We will utilize Microsoft Teams to provide individual and small group counseling to students. In addition, we will partner with teachers to deliver school counseling curriculum through live classroom lessons as well as on-demand lessons posted in our Schoology course, to help students continue to build skills in the areas of academics, career and social-emotional skills, while also providing resources and tools to help students navigate through this very different school year.
All students will be added to our QMS School Counseling Schoology Course - We will continue to post resources, tools, announcements, student-paced lessons, discussion questions, etc. to keep students and families informed, while also helping everyone navigate this school year!
School counselors can be reached by phone (804/750-2636) or through email between the hours of 8:00 AM - 3:30 PM, Monday-Friday. Our registrar, Ms. Gallmeyer, will manage our office phone as school counselors will alternate working from the building and from home. Students can request a meeting with their school counselor by using this link. The link will be monitored during school hours, Monday-Friday from 8:00 AM - 3:30 PM - Student Needs to See Their School Counselor
For Assistance Outside of School Hours
Regular business hours for school counselors are Monday-Friday, from 8:00 AM - 3:30 PM. Please note that School-Based Mental Health Teams are not available to provide guidance, resources, or intervention services for mental health emergencies outside of school hours.
If you or your child are experiencing an emergency or crisis, please call 911 or go to your nearest emergency room for immediate assistance.
For additional mental health services, Henrico Area Mental Health may be accessed at the following numbers: 804-727-8515 (same day access) or 804-727-8484 (emergency).
To report suspected child abuse or neglect, please contact Child Protective Services at (804) 501-5437 (Mon.-Fri., 8-4 pm) or the VA Child Abuse & Neglect Hotline outside of business hours at 1-800-552-7096.
If you are experiencing or have experienced domestic violence, sexual violence, or human trafficking, please contact Safe Harbor’s 24 hour helpline at (804) 612-6126.