This is my second year as the Mt. Abe Middle School Counselor after a ten-year hiatus where I worked in private practice, at our local mental health agency (CSAC) as a crisis clinician, and at Monkton Central School as the K-6 school counselor. I'm glad to be back with the 7th and 8th graders at Mt. Abe! ( And, lucky enough to work with some of the students I knew from MCS)
I am the school counselor for all four teams in the middle school, both 7th and 8th grade.
Previously, I have worked as the school counselor for Monkton Elementary School, Champlain Valley Union High School, and Otter Valley Union High School. I graduated from Hampshire College in Massachusetts, and completed my graduate education at Antioch University in Keene, NH. I have a Master's degree in Counseling, and am a licensed Psychologist-MA here in Vermont. My partner, Michael and I live in Lincoln. Our two children graduated from Mt. Abe (2014, 2016) and are out in the world, making their way.
Middle School Counseling Program at Mt. Abraham:
Middle School Counselors provide individual, small group, and classroom interventions, including push-in services, for all students. The counselor also works on schedules for core classes and united arts ( UA/ PE). Referrals come from teachers, parents, guardians, students, and from the Education Support Team. The counseling program is developmentally based, using short-term, research-based interventions that focus on helping students succeed academically. All students have access to their school counselor for 1-4 visits per year. Students who require more in-school counseling will be recommended for an EST, where families, teachers, and learning specialists will discuss needs and goals for counseling.
Please contact me with any questions you may have about your child’s needs. Mt. Abraham places a high value on the family/school connection, and we want to hear from you regarding any questions or concerns that you may have.
Transition Time Line, Class of 2023 (Incoming 7th graders) 2017
Mt. Abe School Counselor will be meeting with teachers/counselors from the sending schools in the next month. We are hoping to have those meetings at Mt. Abe this year, so teachers can get a visit in as well, and maybe talk to former students about their transition.
Parent letters will go home in April, with a parent information sheet to be returned to Mt. Abe. Please get these back to me in whatever form is easiest for you- email, fax (802-453-4726). Our teachers pay close attention to what you have to say about your student!
Parent/ Guardian middle school information night is tentatively scheduled for May 16th. This is an adult-focused evening. Details will arrive home in the information letter in April.
Plans for a first ever Mt. Abe "Step Up Day" is in the works for June, for all 6th graders to visit Mt. Abe during the school day with their teachers and see the building and get information about the schedule and how the day works, etc. Date to be finalized.
Elementary teachers will divide their school's 6th graders into two balanced teams for placement.
The SBC's will run a transition group in early August, open to any student. This group will give students a chance to meet other students, to familiarize them with the building, and to help relieve anxieties about coming to Mt. Abe next year. Referrals can be made through your school counselor, who will send contact information to the elementary School-Based Clinicians.
Students/families will receive team placement letters in June.
The first day of school is a half day, with only 7th and 9th graders in the building, where students get their schedule and have a chance to open lockers, sit in classes, and begin their school year.
Please contact Ann anytime with questions or concerns about the upcoming transition. We look forward to hearing from you.
| Useful Links|
Transition to Middle School:
http://kidshealth.org/en/kids/middle-school.html KidsHealth has some great information on lots of topics for adolescence, including a piece on moving to middle school.
http://kidshealth.org/en/parents/school-help-middle.html 10 Ways to Help Your Child Succeed in Middle School
Guiding Your Child through Transitions: Middle School
Dr. Sharon Sevier
Early College and Career Exploration Sites:
A Middle School Parent’s College Prep Guide
http://www.mynextmove.org/ Great website for early career and college exploration; gives user information on what skills and education are needed for an array of jobs.
https://bigfuture.collegeboard.org/ (sorry, can't hyper link this at the moment!)
Use the "get started" button to find information on self awareness, inside and outside the classroom, information for parents, and other important information regarding planning for the future. A bit more high school based, but still good for 8th graders ready to think about college/futures. You can also search for colleges on this site.
We are here to listen and help with any needs or concerns you may have related to you or your child’s health, education, or well-being. Vermont Family Network (VFN) empowers and supports all Vermont families of children with special needs so that all children reach their potential.
Tamara Chanksy’s website good information and resource for anxiety issues
http://www.pcavt.org/index.php?id=84 PCAV Parents' Stress Line
The Parents' Stress Line is a resource devoted to parents, professionals, and community members for parenting support, resources and referrals. The Stress Line is open Monday - Friday from 9AM - 5PM. The toll free phone number within Vermont is 1-800-CHILDREN (1-800-244-5373). We can also be reached through PCAV’s main phone number at 802-229-5724.
Mt. Abe Competencies