Guidance Office

What do counselors do?

 The primary function of the counselor is to counsel with students on any matter that they feel is important. Many students expect a counselor to solve problems. What a counselor can do is help students (and their families) select a possible solution to a problem and continue to help select possible solutions until things improve.

How do students get to meet with a counselor?

The counselor makes an effort to meet and build relationships with their students. Students are always welcome at the guidance office and can come for advice and support throughout the school day.

How are students referred to a counselor?

Students are referred to the counselor through self-referrals, teachers/staff, other students, parents, administrators, and the nurse.

What can counselor help with?

Some of the topics that have been discussed with counselor include peer relationships, divorce, loss of a loved one, peer pressure, self-esteem, personal difficulties, choices, drugs and their dangers, personal/family difficulties, expressing and managing feelings (anger, sadness, jealousy, etc.), effective communication, homework, grades, student/parent relationships, student/teacher relationships, courses required for graduation, career exploration, setting goals, and other concerns. All issues discussed with a student and/or parents are kept in strict confidence.

In addition to the services mentioned above, counselor work with students in group settings, such as group counseling and mediation, to effectively reach those with common concerns and issues. Group counseling provides a safe haven for students to share feelings and receive support when facing certain issues such as divorce, etc.  

What other things can counselors help with?

•Facilitation of parent/teacher conferences. Requests by either teachers or parents for team meetings are scheduled through the guidance secretary and usually take place during a team-meeting period (when a team of teachers share the same free period).

•Academic planning occurs in January for scheduling eighth grade students into the ninth grade. An important part of this process is the involvement of the parents/guardians. The middle school counselor work in conjunction with the high school counselors to make this a smooth process.
•Orientation for incoming sixth grade students helps ease the tensions for both students and parents.
•Schedule changes are done only on an as needed basis.
 

Can counselors recommend resources outside of school?

Counselors maintain working relationships with agencies that may be of help to families in need. Please contact your child's counselor for recommendations.

What services does the Psychologist offer?

The psychologist also identifies students who are in need of special education services or 504 Accommodation Plans. Please contact your child's guidance counselor for more information.

How are students referred to the Psychologist ?

Students can be referred to the psychologist by parents, teachers, the principal, the counselor, or themselves. Long-term counseling services will only take place with parental consent.  

How can I contact my child's counselor?

The counselors can be reached during the school day at (304) 369-4464. They can also be reached at the following e-mail addresses:

 Terra Hager -- thager@access.k12.wv.us

How do I request homework for my child?

Homework can be requested if your child is absent from school. Please call the main office before 8:30 AM in order for homework to be requested for that day. Homework is available to be picked-up in the main office after 2:00 PM.

How can I help my child prepare for the state assessments?

Additional resources, including sample assessments, for students to prepare for the West Virginia state assessments can be found on the West Virginia State Department web site.