Guidance

7th Grade Counselor (Mon-Wed) - Ms. Karley Blake ext 243369, blakek@svusd.org

8th Grade Counselor (Mon-Fri) - Mrs. Lynnette Bills ext 243364, billsl@svusd.org

We are the counselors at RSM Intermediate School. Our hours are 7:45 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. The best way to contact us is by e-mail, since most of our time is spent with direct student contact. We do our best to return all phone calls within 24 hours. Please encourage your child to utilize us as a resource.

Our Role as your Child's Counselor
The purpose of a school counseling program is to promote and enhance the learning process, improve attendance, behavior and academic achievement. RSM's school counseling program supports student development in three broad areas: Academic development, Career development, and Personal/Social development. School counselors support the educational mission of RSM by assisting students to become effective learners to achieve the high academic expectations established by national, state, and local standards. As a district, we are in the process of aligning our school counseling program with the American School Counseling Association (ASCA) model. There are established school counseling standards, just as there are standards for all curricular core areas, which direct our intentional guidance activities.


We are fortunate to have two wonderful Student Services Technicians (according to your child's grade)

7th grade: Mrs. Terri Rex, ext 243362, teresa.rex@svusd.org
8th grade: Mrs. Robin Burney, ext 243363, robin.burney@svusd.org

These ladies can assist you with any questions or concerns you have regarding:
  • Enrolling your child at RSM
  • Dis-enrolling your child
  • Change in your address or phone number
  • On-line grading
  • Your child's schedule

OUR SCHOOL COUNSELING PROGRAM :

  • Reaches every student
  • Is preventative in nature
  • Is comprehensive in design
  • Monitors student progress
  • Uses data to drive intentional guidance activities
  • Seeks improvement each year based on results data
  • Is implemented by a credentialed school counselor in collaboration with other educators, families, and the community
  • Uses the ASCA national standards as the foundation for guidance curriculum
Our guidance activities include, but are not limited to, the following :
  • Grade level planning guide presentations. These PowerPoint presentations are conducted in September/October to review Intermediate promotion requirements, High School graduation requirements, college admission requirements, post-High School options, and school success strategies. Students are provided with a SVUSD educational planning guide.
  • Coordinate SBAC testing
  • Identify and work extensively with At-Risk Students - Use data to evaluate for placement in various intervention programs.
  • Collaborate with 6th, 7th, 8th teachers - to identify At-Risk students for appropriate placement and intervention. Participate in incoming 7th grade parent orientation.
  • Monitor and track all students for SVUSD promotion requirements
  • Facilitate parent teacher conferences
  • Participate in Student Study Team Meetings (SST)
  • Facilitate and coordinate 504 Plan meetings
  • Coordinate Peer Tutor Program
    • Conflict Resolution
    • Crisis Counseling
    • Group Counseling
  • Mandated reporting - required by law to report suspected child abuse to Child Protective Services
  • Work with designated student populations:
    • Special Education - collaborate with case carrier
    • English Learners (EL) collaborate with site EL coordinator
    • Honors students - assist with honors placement
  • Assist with 8th grade end of year activities and promotion
  • Assistance League Referrals
  • Attend monthly meetings - Leadership, District Guidance meetings, staff meetings, professional growth and development, including Trish Hatch ASCA national model training
  • Collaborate with Staff, administrators and parents to ensure the success of all students. Support Professional Learning Community (PLC) philosophy

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