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Welcome to Williamsburg
Please join us on March 11th at Kenmore Middle School for a great workshop sponsored by the READY Coalition titled "What to Expect When You're Expecting a Teenager". The workshop goal is to educate parents about the physical, social, cognitive, and emotional development of their teens/pre-teens. Click Here for event flyer.
Mission Statement of the Williamsburg Middle School Counseling Team
The mission of the Counseling Team at Swanson Middle School is to provide a comprehensive, developmental, dynamic and responsive counseling program that supports student achievement, working collaboratively with all stakeholders to nurture a love of learning in middle school students. By addressing the individual needs of this diverse community, in terms of socio-emotional, academic and career development, school counselors create opportunities for students to have trusting relationships with at least one adult as they transition from elementary school to high school. Through proactive guidance lessons, individual and group counseling, programs and presentations, counselors equip students with the skills of self-advocacy, conflict resolution and educated decision making. Counseling initiatives promote resiliency, good character development and improved peer interactions. Counselors support the APS mission to help students transform into “productive and global citizens”.
Through programming, data collection and the delivery of services based on needs assessments, state counseling standards and aligned with the ASCA National model, the Williamsburg Middle School Counseling Team provides valuable support to APS’ strategic goal of “meeting the needs of the whole child.” Our collaborative efforts support Swanson’s collective goal to instill in each student a desire for “scholarship, service and spirit.”
In confidential settings, students are assisted in understanding their feelings, attitudes, concerns, and behaviors. Counselors establish a relationship characterized by respect, understanding, openness, acceptance and trust.
Group counseling may assist students experiencing commonly shared concerns and/or developmental difficulties in areas such as interpersonal relationships with peers and/or adults, school attendance, academic achievement, or coping with life changes such as grief and loss.
Through a series of planned classroom learning experiences, counselors assist teachers with meaningful activities targeting the personal, social, academic, and career development of all students.