Welcome to the Holland Patent Middle School Guidance Office web page!
School Counselor: Justin Scialdone 865-7204
“Middle school students are characterized by rapid
physical growth, curiosity about their world and an emerging self-identity.
Through a comprehensive developmental school counseling program, counselors
work as a team member with school staff, parents and the community to create a
caring, supportive climate and atmosphere whereby young adolescents can achieve
academic success. Middle school counselors enhance the learning process and
promote academic achievement. School counseling programs are essential for
students to achieve optimal personal growth, acquire positive social skills and
values, set appropriate career goals and realize full academic potential to
become productive, contributing members of the world community.” American
School Counselor Association, 2008.
Counselors at the middle school level
partake in many different roles. STUDENT SERVICES: middle school counselors
help students in the transition from child to adolescent. Through group work,
individual counseling, crisis intervention, and guidance lessons; they help to
educate and refine student’s social skills and emotional education. They help
students learn how to effectively compromise, communicate, and live with
adult’s; connect students to community resources and activities; promote developmental
growth for all students; provide career counseling, personal/social counseling,
and academic counseling. SUPPORT SERVICES: middle school counselors are not only
an extra support system for students but for adults as well. We act as liaisons
between guardians, teachers, students, administration, and community members;
helping to spread information and promote communication amongst these groups.
Middle School Counselors are a part of the overall education system in that
they compose a preventative comprehensive guidance and school counseling curriculum. Such
preventative measures teach and promote acceptance and a safe learning
environment for all students. PLEASE SEE THE "COUNSELING TOPICS" TAB ON THE
JR/HIGH GUIDANCE WEBPAGE FOR INFORMATION, TIPS,RESOURCES, AND ANSWERS REGARDING TEENS