Welcome to the RMS Counseling Department
Student last name A-L: Kiel Des Jarlais [651.423.7620], M-Z: Betsy Rose (Monday-Thursday), Don Hayes (Friday) [651.423.7623]
As school counselors, our mission is to promote academic achievement, personal/social growth and career exploration to empower all students to reach their full potential.
* Academic Achievement - Our counselors are available to work with students, parents and teachers to help students overcome possible barriers to academic achievement. Counselors also work with students and parents to ensure that registration and transition processes are easily understood and effective.
* Personal/Social Growth - RMS counselors are available to meet with students for both individual and group counseling. Counselors also coordinate and facilitate the RMS Olweus Anti-Bullying Program. This includes weekly classroom meetings to help students with peer relationships and decision-making.
* Career Exploration - Our counselors help students explore career paths by implementing classroom career lessons at each grade level using software programs from MCIS Jr., the ACT website, and Naviance.
Online Career Info
Students at RMS can now access two different career information websites from school and from home. Both of them allow students to explore hundreds of occupations, and find answers to questions dealing with preparation, pay, job tasks, required skills, etc.. Here they are:
1. MCIS Jr. - username: rmsirish and password: rmsirish
This program is great for younger students. All 7th graders were introduced to this program in FCS during the first week of March, and all 6th graders will be introduced to the program sometime during the 3rd Trimester.
2. Explore (no user name or password required)
This program was designed by the ACT Company, and is used in conjunction with the results of the Explore Test in Grade 8. Just click on the "World of Work Map" to find links to 26 career areas, and about 500 careers.
Naviance is a program that will be used extensively at Rosemount High School. It has many applications, but it will be especially valuable in helping students and counselors organize and track college information (test scores, college applications, college profiles, scholarship offers, etc..)
It also has a great career component. At the middle school, we will be using Naviance with 8th graders to help them explore future careers. All 8th graders will learn how to log-on and use Naviance before the end of the 1st Trimester in their FCS classes. They will also be able to access Naviance at home, and parents are encouraged to log on with their 8th graders.
A comprehensive K-12 school guidance and counseling curriculum is developmental and systematic in nature, sequential, clearly defined, and accountable. It is jointly founded upon developmental psychology, educational philosophy, and counseling methodology. The school guidance and counseling curriculum is integral to the educational enterprise. The curriculum is proactive and preventative in its focus. It assists students in acquiring and using life-long learning skills. More specifically, school guidance and counseling curricula employ strategies to enhance academics, provide career awareness, develop employment readiness, encourage self-awareness, foster interpersonal communication skills, and impart life success skills for all students.
The school guidance and counseling curriculum has characteristics similar to other educational curricula, including a scope and sequence; student competencies; activities and processes to assist students in achieving these competencies; professionally credentialed personnel; materials and resources; and accountability methods.
School guidance and counseling curriculum is developed by design, focusing on needs, interests, and issues related to the various stages of student growth with an emphasis on helping students to learn more effectively and efficiently. Therefore, a guidance and counseling curriculum becomes the foundation of all instruction. As children grow into young adults, they experience stages of growth referred to as "developmental tasks." Recognizing that all children do not develop in a linear fashion according to a certain timetable, there is intentional overlapping among grade levels (elementary, middle, and high school).
The primary goal of the school guidance and counseling curriculum is to promote and enhance student learning through three broad and interrelated areas of student development: academic development, career development and personal/social development. Each of these areas of student development encompass a variety of desired student learning competencies, which in turn are comprised of specific knowledge, attitudes and skills, which form the foundation of the developmental school guidance and counseling curriculum.
The school counselors work with teachers, students, administrators and parents to help make school a successful experience for all children. Counselors help students to develop academically, personally, and socially. They do this by offering many different services to fit the needs of the students. Some of these services include:
Individual Counseling- Students have the opportunity to work one-on-one with counselors on specific issues or concerns.
Group Counseling- Groups consist of 4-8 students and a counselor. The main purpose for groups is to let students know they are not alone with their thoughts and feelings. Groups that have been offered in the past based on need are:
- Real Life (variety of topics)
- Family Change
- Discovery (Social Skills)
- Grief and Loss
- Lunch Bunch
Crisis Intervention- Counselors work with students and families to help them deal with stressful events that may occur such as family problems, loss of a loved one, or conflicts with friends.
Parent Education- Parent involvement in school activities helps to make students more successful. Classes are offered to parents that focus on issues such as family relationships and ways to help your child successfully through the middle school years. Classes will be offered at various times throughout the year. Watch for advertisements.
The counseling program at RMS focuses on the following:
- Teaching students to take responsibility for their actions.
- Respect for self and others.
- Teaching basic life-management skills: communication, decision-making, problem-solving and conflict resolution.
- The belief that students who feel good about themselves and have positive relationships with others achieve more and are more successful in and out of school.
What else are the RMS counselors responsible for?
- Assist in career unit- Career Day- 8th grade
- Presidential Academic Awards breakfast
- Attendance Program/Groups
- 6th and 7th Grade Registration
- Spring- RHS students share with 8th graders
- 5th Grade student and parent orientation
- 6th Grade- August orientation
- Meet with new students and parents in the summer and throughout the year
- Academic support
- Extended Day coordinator
- New student registration and orientation of new families
- 9th Grade registration process
- Achievement testing
- You Miss School- You Miss Out program
- Summer School coordinator
- 6th Grade Guidance Presentations
The school counselor is a professional available to all students to help them in dealing with personal, social, educational and career concerns. Counselors realize that all persons need help as they routinely pass through childhood, adolescence and adulthood. School counselors play an important role in helping young people deal with concerns they face, whether big or small, and reduce the growing pains that are often associated with teen and young adult life. For most students and parents, the middle school counselor is a new person to become acquainted with during their first year in middle school. But why would a middle school student have use for a counselor? Students do see the middle school counselor for many and varied reasons.
Here are some documented reasons for seeking the use of a counselor:
- "My locker won't open!"
- "This boy/girl knows my combo!"
- "My homework isn't done because of some things that happened last night..."
- "My best friend hates me and now everyone is against me!"
- "Can I join one of your support groups?"
- "I hate my teacher!"
- "They call me names on the bus and I never have a place to sit."
- "Can I change my schedule?"
- "My dad left us last night and I don't feel so good!"
- "Something happened to me and I need to tell someone."
- "Can we borrow your office so my friend and I can talk about a problem?"
- "I don't have anyone to eat lunch with..."
- "I just need to talk to someone!"
- "Can I talk to you about some family problems?"
- "This kid hits me all the time at my locker."
We also ask students to see us for many different reasons. Some of those reasons are:
- Meet with a student at teacher request
- Low grades or not working up to expectations
- Repeated behavior problems
- A student is missing an abnormal number of school days
- Meet in a support group
- Help a student and teacher work out a problem in a three way conference
- Help students work out their personal peer group problems
- Work with a student on his/her "contract" for behavioral or academic concerns
- Helping a new student become adjusted
- Work on a locker problem
Parents request that we see a student for many reasons, for example:
- A death in the family
- Classroom conerns
- Trouble with peers
- Homework concerns
- family divorce, death of a pet, etc.
|Rosemount Police Department
|AA, Al-Anon & Alateen Information
|B. Robert Louis House
|Crisis Nursery of Dakota County
|Community Action Council
|Children Are People, Inc.
|Dakota County Adolescent Health
Coordinator, Shannon Bailey
|Dakota County Social Services
|Eating Disorders Institute
Methodist Hospital System
|Suicide Awareness Voices of Education (SAVE)
Links and Resources
- Focus Groups Olweus
- Olweus Bullying Prevention Program
- Olweus Tracking Form (MS Word format) RAISING TEENS TOGETHER
- Raising Teens without Ruining Your Marriage
- Raising Teenagers DIVORCE
- Johnson, L. & Rosenfeld, G. Divorced Kids- What You Need to Know to Help Your Kids Survive a Divorce
- Divorce & Teens
- Life After Parents Divorce
- Dealing with Divorce
- Helping Kids Cope With Divorce
- Kids in the Middle SHYNESS
- Finding Out About Shyness
- The Shyness Homepage GRIEF
- The Stages of Dealing with Grief
- Children and Grief
- Grief and Loss
- Stages of Grief
- Helping Teenagers Deal with Grief EATING DISORDERS
- More Information
- Emily Program - Burnsville ALCOHOLISM IN THE FAMILY
- Alcohol and Other Drug Information for Teens
- Hornik -Beer, Edith L. For Teenagers Living With a Parent Who Abuses Alcohol/Drugs
- Living With An Alcoholic Parent
- Other Resources HOMEWORK
- Rosemond , John. Ending the Homework Hassle
- Whitley, Michael; Bright Minds, Poor Grades
- Helping Your Teen with Homework
- Tips on Getting Your Teen To Do Their Homework DISCIPLINE
- Nelson, J. and Lott, L. Positive Discipline for Teenagers
- Tracy, Louise Felton. Grounded for Life?! CYBER BULLYING & CYBER SAFETY
- CyberBullying Overview article
- iSafe Organization
- Bully Online
- McDonnell,Lynda - Star Tribune Article
- This site goes into detail about specific social media sites and their pitfalls. It includes interviews with college admissions officers, employers, military recruiters, a county attorney and a high school principal. It also offers solid advice from people who learned cyber lessons the hard way.
- This website offers reviews and advice to parents and educators about video games, social media sites, movies, music, books, etc OTHER TOPICS
- Rice, Wayne. Enjoy your Middle Schooler
- Wolf, Anthony. "Get Out of My Life, But First Could You Drive Me and Cheryl to the Mall?
- Campbell, Ross. How to Really Love Your Teenager
- Ford, Judy. Wonderful Ways to Love a Teen- Even When it Seems Impossible
- Bauman, Lawrence. The Ten Most Troublesome Teenage Problems and How to Solve Them
- Dinkmeyer , D. The Parent's Handbook
- McBride, Angela. How to Enjoy a Good Life with Your Teenager
- Glenn, S. & Nelson, J. Raising Self-Reliant Children in a Self-Indulgent World
- Popkin , Michael. Active Parenting of Teens
- Walsh, David; No! Why Kids of All Ages Need to Hear It
- Counseling Resources **Note: This list was compiled for information purposes only. RMS does not endorse these particular books or websites or agree with all information contained. Please pick and choose the ideas that make sense for you and your family.