- Need To Talk With Your School Counselor?
- Counseling Team
- School Counselor Role
- Our School Counseling Program
- Counseling Programs/Activities
- Student Planning Guides
- CJSF - California Junior Scholarship Federation
- School Service Award
- Study Skills Guide
- Tutoring and Homework Help
If you are experiencing a crisis or mental health emergency call 911 or utilize the crisis response numbers below. Do not email or text school personnel for urgent or emergency situations.
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline – Call 800-273-TALK (8255)
Crisis Text Line – Text NAMI to 741-741
Please email your counselor for assistance. If you would like information, resources or support with non-emergency mental health, see SVUSD Mental Health Resources.
School Counselors are available to support students with academics, college & career planning and social-emotional concerns during regular school business hours.
Mrs. Lisa McCormick, email@example.com
I am the counselor at La Paz Intermediate School. The best way to contact me is by e-mail, since most of my time is spent with direct student contact. I do my best to return all phone calls within 24 hours. Please encourage your child to utilize me as a resource.
Student Services Technician
Mrs. Rebecca Husson, Rebecca.firstname.lastname@example.org
Mrs. Husson can assist you with any questions or concerns you have regarding:
- Enrolling your child at La Paz Intermediate School
- Dis-enrolling your child
- Change in your address or phone number
- On-line grading
- Your child's schedule
The purpose of a school counseling program is to promote and enhance the learning process, improve attendance, behavior and academic achievement. La Paz Intermediate 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 LAIS 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 counseling activities.
- Reaches every student
- Is preventative in nature
- Is comprehensive in design
- Monitors student progress
- Uses data to drive intentional counseling 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 counseling curriculum
Counseling activities include, but are not limited to, the following:
- Grade level planning guide presentations. These classroom presentations are conducted to review Intermediate promotion requirements, High School graduation requirements, college admission requirements, post-High School options, and school success strategies. The SVUSD planning guide is available under our Student Planning Guide Section (see tab below).
- College and Career exploration and planning
- 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 orientation.
- Monitor and track all students for SVUSD promotion requirements
- Co-lead Student Intervention Team
- Facilitate parent teacher conferences
- Facilitate Student Study Team Meetings (SST)
- Facilitate and coordinate 504 Plan meetings
- Coordinate Intervention Programs
- Conflict Resolution
- Crisis Counseling
- Group Counseling
- Brief Intervention Counseling
- Mandated reporting - required by law to report suspected child abuse to Child Protective Services
- Referrals to community agencies and outside counseling support
- 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 - District Counseling meetings, staff meetings, professional growth and development, including Trish Hatch ASCA national model training
- Signs of Suicide Presentation
- Work Permits
CJSF is the middle school version of the California Scholarship Federation (CSF) in high school. Students can join CSF by meeting the academic criteria each semester and applying. Students who meet the requirements all four years of high school wear a special cord with their graduation gowns. CJSF is an opportunity for middle school students to get in the habit of saving their report cards and completing applications using the point system after each trimester/semester.
Membership is not automatic. Qualified students must reapply each trimester by the advertised deadlines. La Paz students who qualify and complete an application for two trimesters in 7th grade and the first two trimesters in 8th grade will receive special recognition in the 8th grade promotion ceremony program, as well as a gold seals on their promotion certificates. Announcements will be made when applications are being accepted. Applications must be turned in by the advertised deadlines. Applications are available from English teachers and in the Counseling Office.
Students with questions/concerns should see or email (email@example.com) their counselor, Mrs. McCormick.
- 3rd Trimester deadline (for current 8th grade students using 7th grade grades) is Friday, September 20, 2019.
- 1st Trimester deadline is Friday, December 20, 2019 @ 2pm
- 2nd Trimester deadline is Friday, May 8, 2020 @ 4pm
There is no service hour requirement at La Paz, but students who choose to complete 20 hours of School Service will receive recognition at the end of the year.
To receive the award, twenty hours are required of La Paz sanctioned school service. Announcements are made throughout the year as service opportunities are available. Examples include campus beautification, Esperanza birthday club, International Festival, music tutors, food service workers, etc. There are green "School Service" forms available in the office for students to use to keep track of their service.
Seventh grade students will be recognized during their community celebrations at the end of the year. Eighth grade students will be recognized during the annual "Night of the Stars" 8th grade awards night at the end of the year.
*Eighth graders who complete CJSF both years and school service in 8th grade will be recognized for "CJSF with Distinction" at Night of the Stars and in the promotion ceremony program.
Are you looking for a tutor?
Adult Tutors: The district maintains a tutor list which consists mostly of current and retired SVUSD tutors that have all been fingerprinted. Visit the District Tutor List
Mission Viejo Library: For homework help and tutoring, visit the Mission Viejo Library website.
Other academic help: As always, teachers are available during tutorials Tuesday through Friday (on regular schedule days) to answer student questions.
Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math Hotline help: For free help with science or math over the phone, call 1-877-827-5462 Sunday through Thursday from 6-9 pm. Visit Harvey Mudd College Homework Hotline website for more information. All tutors are trained Harvey Mudd College students.
Science and Math help online: For free short instructional video lessons on every topic imaginable in math and science, visit the Khan Academy website.