Midway's Counseling Department
Vision of the Forsyth County School Counseling Program
"To empower all students to achieve personal success. To grow strong in mind, body, and spirit. "
Mission of Midway's School Counseling Program"The mission of the Midway Elementary Counseling Program is to promote educational performance, providing all students with the opportunities to acquire the academic, career, personal, and social competencies necessary to achieve quality learning and life-long success while recognizing and supporting their individuality as learners and as people."
All students have dignity and worth.
All students have the right to be served by a professional school counselor as well as to have access to a developmental and comprehensive school counseling program.
The school counseling program will be evaluated on goals related to student competencies and will be consistent with expected developmental stages of learning.
Professional school counselors will use data to drive counseling program development and evaluation, and will actively monitor student results.
The school counseling program shares responsibility with the community and family for student success. Therefore, the school counseling program will have an advisory committee comprised of state certified professional school counselors as well as representatives from the school and the community for planning, coordinating, and evaluating the program.
Professional school counselors will participate in ongoing professional learning opportunities to maintain a quality school counseling program.
All professional school counselors will abide by the ethical guidelines and mandates of the American School Counselors Association and the Georgia School Counselors Association.
Our Professional School CounselorsMrs. Stacy Hodges, Grades K-2Mrs. Mandy Malcolm, Grades 3-5
What is a School Counselor?*A certified, specially trained professional educator*A special friend when a child needs someone to listen*A caring person who provides help and guidance to teachers, parents, students, and administrators*Someone who counsels students both individually and in groups*Someone who goes into the classrooms to educate students on skills and standards according to the Georgia School Counseling Competencies*Conduct a comprehensive and developmentally appropriate guidance and counseling program*Conduct staff development for faculty*Utilize referral services and community resources*Conduct parent and teacher conferences*Provide guidance lessons for each class regarding academic, career, personal/social and personal safety topics
*Work with identified groups of children with specific needs
*Provide individual counseling for students struggling academically or socially/emotionally
*Help students set positive goals, exercise responsibility and improve academic success
*Help provide support during a crisis
A child may see the counselor for:*Any problems that they may have that are impacting academic performance*Divorce or changing family issues to minimize negative academic impact*A loss of a family member or close friend
*Significant individual or family crisis
*Decision-making and problem-solving skills*Improvement and aid in the development of positive self-esteem*Developing and increasing social and organizational skills as it relates to academic performance