Who Are We?
Mrs. Yunilda Valdez
6th Grade Counselor
Ms. Pam Griswell
7th Grade Counselor
Ms. Robin Blackwell
8th Grade Counselor
Ms. Kimberly Blackshear
Special Education Counselor
Teen Lures Prevention
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 includes annual age-appropriate sexual abuse and assault awareness and prevention in kindergarten through grade 9. Teen Lures Prevention program 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. Teen Lures Prevention enables 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 developmentally appropriate for middle school.
During the months of September, our school counselors will offer the Teen Lures Prevention lessons to all students in grades 6-8. You can learn more about the program at www.teenluresprevention.com. Please be aware that more information is provided on the website than is actually used in Gwinnett County. Below is a list of lures that are discussed at each grade level. Each grade reviews what was learned in the previous grade(s) and then learns additional lures.
If you prefer that your child not participate in the teen lures prevention lessons, please write and sign a note indicating your preferences and send it to your child’s teacher or school counselor. As always, counselors are available to discuss any concerns you might have. Unless written documentation is received, your child will participate in the teen lures prevention and safety lessons.
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.
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