Who Are We?
Ms. Pam Griswell
6th Grade Counselor
Mrs. Yunilda Valdez
7th Grade Counselor
Ms. Robin Blackwell
8th Grade Counselor
Ms. Kimberly Blackshear
Gear up & Special Education Counselor
With our Digital Learning Days in full swing, we thought these online resources might be helpful:
Covid 19 Updated Resources: September 17, 2020
Talking to kids about Corona
Talking to children about Covid 19 (National Association of School Psychologists)
Mental Health and Coping During Covid 19 (Centers for Disease Control)
Resources for Parents During Covid 19
- Help with rent and bills
Contact St. Vincent de Paul @ St. Patricks’s Catholic Church
2140 Beaver Ruin Road Norcross GA 30071678-892-6163
- Partnership for Community Action= help with Bills
- Norcross Co-Op Ministry
- Rent or Utilities
- Southern Company help with bills during Covid 19
- Comcast = Free Internet for 60 days
- GA Power and Atlanta Gas Light Suspending Service (disconnections)
free delivery on prescriptions
- Help with rent and bills
If counseling is need after the hours of 8:15 AM - 4:15 PM Mon- Friday please call the numbers below.Georgia Crisis and Access Line1-800-715-4225Georgia Covid 19 Emotional Support Line866-399-8938
Our Mission & Vision
The mission of Summerour Middle School Counseling Department program is to provide all students with a student focused comprehensive and developmental counseling program in which each student is celebrated, respected, and supported, thereby enabling them to reach their full educational and social potential as motivated lifelong citizens. We are committed to supporting the development and encouragement of intercultural awareness for all students with the emphasis on the college and career readiness needed to succeed in a local, national, and international world. As student advocates, we promote equity and access for all of our middle school students by providing an environment with a focus of pursuing excellence.
The Summerour Middle School counseling program is dedicated to helping all students obtain the knowledge and skills they will need to graduate from high school ready to enter college or a career. They will enter adulthood as motivated lifelong learners and leaders. They will be locally and globally competitive as they progress from childhood to adulthood and become caring, principled, knowledgeable contributing global citizens.
Our Counselors' Role
Our Middle School Counselors are. . .
•Certified, specially trained professionals
•School personnel who provide guidance to all students
•Support resources to help teachers, parents, students, and administrators.
Who sees the Counselor?
•All students see the counselor during classroom lessons
•Students are referred by their teachers or themselves for small group sessions
•Students are referred by teachers, parents, or themselves for individual sessions
What is the purpose of Middle School Counselors?
•Our counselors are here to help students achieve academically. They provide students with study skills, coping skills, and problem solving skills.
State Attendance Policy
State Attendance Law
Attendance at school is an important part of student success and achievement. A pattern of absences may put a student at risk of not achieving the Academic Knowledge and Skills (AKS) for their grade level and courses. Certain absences are excused according to state guidelines. Excused absences include:
• Personal illness or attendance in school endangering a student’s health or the health of others
• A serious illness or death in a student’s immediate family requiring absence from school
• A court order or an order by a governmental agency, including pre-induction physical examination for service in the armed forces, mandating absence from school
• Observing religious holidays, necessitating absence from school
• Conditions making attendance impossible or hazardous to student health or safety
• Serving as a page in the Georgia General Assembly
• A student, whose parent or legal guardian is in military service of the United States or the National Guard, and such parent or legal guardian has been called to duty for or is on leave from overseas deployment to a combat zone or combat support posting, shall be granted excused absences, up to a maximum of five school days per year, for the day or days missed from school to visit with his or her parent or legal guardian prior to deployment or while on leave
*Please remember that if your student is absent from school, parents or guardians need to send a note to the school stating the reason for his/her absence. Should the reason be one noted above, your child’s absence will be marked excused.
*After 10 absences without a medical note being submitted, a medical note may be requested to excuse an absence.
*All attendance excuses must be turned in within five days of the absence. The school will not accept late attendance excuses.
It is important for parents to be aware of attendance requirements. Please read Gwinnett County Public Schools’ Student/Parent Handbook, which outlines attendance expectations. In addition, our teachers and school leadership will communicate with you regularly on school attendance issues.
An attendance letter will be sent home when their child accumulates 5, 7 and 10 unexcused absences. When a student reaches 10 unexcused absences the parents or guardians will be invited to attend a Student Attendance Review Committee (SARC meeting). When a student accumulates an excessive number of unexcused absences the family may be referred to a community agency for additional support.
Summerour Professional School Counselors
School Counseling Services
These sessions are provided to assist students with a variety of educational and personal concerns. The primary purpose of these sessions is to help students explore their concerns, make appropriate plans of action, and be successful in following through with their plans.
Small Counseling Groups
Small groups are offered as part of the school's developmental program. All groups emphasize building a positive self-concept and guiding students to reach their potential. Students may participate with parent permission only.
Classroom topics are developmental and designed to support students academically and are aligned with the AKS, GMAS, Quality Core Curriculum, and the state Board of educational Core Values.
The counselor consults with parents, teachers and administrators to discuss the educational, social and emotional needs of our students, enhance individual development and academic success, and promote an optimal learning environment for all students.
Leaving a Child Alone
Home Alone Policy
According to the Department of Family and Children Services, these are the guidelines for leaving a child at home alone.
- Age 8 or under
- Should never be home alone
- Age 9-12
- Can stay alone up to 2 hours
- Age 13 and over
- Can stay alone up to 12 hours and can perform the role of babysitter
- Age 8 or under
Digital Days Contact Information
Use these numbers to contact our counselors only on days when school is in session digitally. Do not use these numbers on regular school days.