SCHOOL COUNSELING AT MMS
The school counseling program at MMS offers a variety of ways of assisting students. This may include opportunities for students to be seen individually for short-term counseling, in a small, goal-focused group, and in the classroom/large group setting. In each setting students will have the opportunity to learn life skills that enhance their ability to succeed academically and socially. Our school counselors also provide community resource and referral information to assist caregivers in meeting children’s needs.
Each service is aimed at helping students learn and develop to their highest potential. Some of these services include:
- Individual sessions to help children with academic or personal/social concerns
- Small Groups to help children cope with difficult life events or to help them develop positive peer relationships
- Classroom/Large Group sessions to deliver important information to students
- Parent/Guardian and teacher consultations as necessary to help students achieve success
Marietta Middle School counselors are available to assist students to effectively deal with personal or school problems and to provide educational support and career information. Services may be requested by students, parents, or staff. Students may get a pass from one of their teachers to come to the School Counseling Office and make an appointment to see their assigned school counselor.
- Teams 8-1, 8-2, 8-3 & 8-4: Ms. Whitney Hancock
- Teams 7-1, 7-2, 7-3 & 7-4: Ms. Margarita Poche
- Teams 8-1, 8-2, 8-3 & 8-4: Dr. Andrea Francis
MMS counselors look forward to collaborating with you to help your child succeed. If you have questions, please do not hesitate to contact your child’s counselor.
SCHOOL COUNSELING STAFF-Phone: 770-422-0311 FAX: 770-429-3161
- Andrea Francis, AFrancis@marietta-city.k12.ga.us Ext. 5623
- Whitney Hancock, Whancock@marietta-city.k12.ga.us Ext.5585
- Margarita Poche, MPoche@marietta-city.k12.ga.us Ext. 5624
- Sheila Hypsher, Registrar SHypsher@marietta-city.k12.ga.us Ext. 5619
- Kristin Lopez, Secretary KLopez@marietta-city.k12.ga.us Ext. 5620
The Marietta Middle School Counseling Program is based on the following fundamental beliefs:
- All students can learn and achieve academic success.
- All students have the potential to become productive and contributing citizens.
- All students should be treated with dignity and respect.
- All students deserve a safe and caring environment in which to learn and develop.
- All students should have access to school counseling program supports that meet their individual needs.
- Embracing the diversity of our students will strengthen our school community.
The mission of the Marietta Middle School Counseling Program is to lead and support the creation and enhancement of a safe and caring learning environment for all students so that they can acquire the knowledge and develop the skills necessary to achieve academic, personal/social and career success.
The vision of the Marietta Middle School Counseling Program is that our students will develop as inquiring, knowledgeable and caring young people who reach their fullest potential as lifelong learners and responsible and productive citizens in an ever-changing global community, and who help create a better and more peaceful world through interpersonal and intercultural understanding and respect.
From the Counselors to you: WORDS TO THE WISE
Read actual comments from a Facebook dialogue below and test your No To Bullying IQ
T. I can’t stand her. She is just a huge whale, puffin pantin' and wheezing like she running out of air. She thinks everybody likes her Rhianna wannabe with her fake self she just fake if she says anything to me I swear I hope she reading this post you fat and ugly…
R. Yeah…and don’t let a twinkie get close to her she will run you over to get to that thing
S. No body wants to fight her, if she sit on you you mashed potatoe
M. LOL!!!!! this is too funny
T is the only cyberbully in the above exchange.
True False Answer: False
All the participants in the above exchange are supporting and encouraging mean and hateful comments about another person.
Any kind of demeaning, threatening and or hurtful comment directed at another student with the intention to intimidate, harass, and isolate using electronic means is cyber bullying.
You may not be the one who posted the initial hurtful and or demeaning comment about another student on social media however, if you post any kind of agreement such as “like” or extend the cruel comment, you are just as guilty of cyber bullying as the original writer.STUDENTS
It is not easy to resist peer- pressure. Be brave.
It takes courage to go against the group, to opt out of the conversation, to show care for others, by posting, “dislike” or better yet, making no comment at all, blocking or refusing to participate.
There are consequences to bullying. We all know of the terrible outcomes. The most extreme are the young people who hurt themselves and or others because of the anger, shame, and deep hurts from being bullied.
But there are also legal consequences for the bullies, and consequences for those who egg on or support the bully; those who post comments supporting bullying.
The victim and his or her family may file charges which may lead to fines or jail time for young people who were just “following the crowd.”
Check on the sites your child visits. Do random checks of your child’s social media activities. When you do this you are not meddling or invading space. You are showing love by protecting your child from danger. Talk with your middle school child daily. The peer pressure is particularly strong at adolescence. Continue to encourage your child to be the best he or she can be.
Ask the counselors at Marietta Middle for more tips and advice.
Visit the website below for additional information on bullying.