The ISB Middle School counseling department consists of two counselors, working on each grade level and a psychologist (Mr. Ryan Ruhl) who works across the elementary and middle school divisions. The MS office can direct parents to the relevant counselor for their grade.
The counselors work in partnership with students, parents, teachers and administrators and are committed to creating a safe and positive environment where students can receive academic, social, and emotional guidance that enhances their ability to achieve their academic potential.
Counselors assist with the admissions process by meeting with students and families to discuss subject selection and any personal learning needs. They play a role in assisting new students to settle into school by providing support in the form of new student lunches, monitoring for friendships, and providing orientation programs for new students.
The counselors respond to referrals from parents, teachers and administrators in order to address concerns. Parents are informed of any on-going counselor involvement with students. Students are free to self refer in order to obtain guidance and support. Counselors may work with students on an individual basis and will provide an assurance of confidentiality if appropriate.
The counselor at each grade level coordinates the Student Support Team (SST) which consists of the school learning specialists, an administrator, teachers and parents. The Support Team meets regularly to discuss students who are experiencing difficulties with learning. The purpose of the SST is to identify and address any areas of concern to ensure students receive services to assist their learning. Parents are always involved when a student is referred to the SST.
At times the counselors may respond to a need that is best met through a group approach. Social skills groups, friendship groups or other concerns may be addressed by bringing together students with similar needs. These groups will be offered by invitation and parent permission obtained.
The Middle School Counseling team is an experienced and dedicated team working in partnership with staff and parents to provide the support required for all students to be successful.
Middle School Counseling Department
The Middle School Counseling Department consists of two counselors and a school psychologist.
Grade 6 Counselor Karen Kinsella firstname.lastname@example.org
Grade 7 Counselor Gold House: Karen Kinsella email@example.com/ Black House: Colleen Coady firstname.lastname@example.org
Grade 8 Counselor Colleen Coady email@example.com
School Psychologist Ryan Ruhl firstname.lastname@example.org
The Middle School Counseling Secretary is Khun Nam Wan email: email@example.com
Please contact the counseling secretary should you require an appointment with a counselor.
Phone : (662) 963-5800 # 4406 / (662) 963- 5893