Welcome to Trickum Middle School! Here at Trickum, we have three school counselors who are assigned to each grade level. School counselors are unique individuals who support all students through a comprehensive program that addresses academic, career and social/emotional development. To learn more about our program, click the tabs below! To to the left, you will see tabs for each of the grade level counselors to learn more about us!
During digital learning, Gwinnett County School Counselors will continue supporting students' academic success, career development, and social-emotional growth, utilizing Zoom and Google Meet for individual meetings, conferences, presentations, groups, and classroom lessons/activities.
During the months of November and February, the counselors will teach the Teen Lures curriculum in the classroom. Each homeroom teacher will send out the parent letter, the digital agreement, and the teen helpline flyer. The parent letter goes into detail about the Teen Lures curriculum and includes instructions if you choose for your child to not participate in the lesson (see below). The digital agreement discusses online safety and the teen helpline flyer lists hotlines for teens to access in need of crisis. Please reach out to your grade level counselor for more information.
We all share a common goal for our children to be safe and protected from all things harmful. Related to that goal, Senate Bill 401 requires annual age-appropriate sexual abuse and assault awareness and prevention in kindergarten through grade 9. Teen LuresTM Prevention is a research-based program that Gwinnett County Public Schools uses to teach the importance of healthy relationships and its connection to personal safety by way of class discussions, student handouts, video clips and corresponding activities. The program curriculum was submitted and reviewed by the Community Health Education Advisory Committee. The purpose of the Teen LuresTM Prevention program is to enable students to take an active and necessary role in making healthy choices and protecting themselves from unhealthy relationships. A committee of professional school counselors reviewed the program and selected components that were appropriate for middle school.
During the months of February and March, our school counselors will offer lessons from the Teen LuresTM Prevention program to students in grades 6-8. You can learn more about the program at teenluresprevention.com. Please be aware that more information is provided on the website than is actually used in our schools. Students will review what was learned in previous grade(s) and then discuss the following lures:
If you prefer that your child not participate in the Teen LuresTM Prevention lessons, please write and sign a note (an email will suffice) indicating your preferences and send it to your child’s teacher or school counselor. Unless written documentation is received, your child will have the opportunity to participate in the teen lures prevention and safety lessons. As always, counselors are available to discuss any concerns you might have.
Mission & Vision
Trickum Middle School’s Counseling Department will ensure learning for all students to achieve success in academics, career exploration, and social/emotional development. All students will have access to a comprehensive counseling program in order to pursue academic knowledge, skills, and behaviors resulting in future college and career success.
All students of Trickum Middle School, after being exposed to a counseling program of meaningful, educational and social experiences, will be problem solvers, decision makers, effective communicators and critical thinkers. They will use these skills as tools for successful relationships, personally and professionally.
Students can meet with the counselor one-on-one to discuss any idividual concerns. Individual counseling sessions are short-term. Meeting with the school counselor is not a replacement for mental health counseling or psychotherapy.
Small groups typically include 6 to 8 students and last for 6-8 weeks. This year, our small groups topics will be self-esteem, social skills, high achiever's anxiety, and bullying. If you would like to see another topic, please let your school counselor know!
We aim to meet with classes throughout the year in order to provide developmentally appropriate lessons to all students. This year, we will be visiting every classroom to teach Teen Lures and GCIS, as well as a few others. All lessons will align with Georgia's Competencies for the appropriate grade level, as well as the American School Counselor Association's (ASCA's) Mindsets & Behaviors for Student Success.