Valley Middle School of STEM Counseling Resources
Our school counselors' mission is to promote academic achievement, personal/social growth and career exploration to empower all students to reach their full potential.
Academic Achievement - Our School Counselors are available to work with students, parents and teachers to help students identify and address possible barriers to academic achievement.
Personal/Social Emotional Growth - VMSS School Counselors are available to meet with students for periodic individual and group counseling. School Counselors also facilitate classroom character educational lessons promoting positive personal/social emotional growth.
Career & Post-Secondary Exploration - Our School Counselors help students explore career & post-secondary paths by implementing classroom lessons at each grade level using Minnesota Career Information System and other resources. VMSS hosts a Career Fair for 7th grade students each year.
“VMSS will be partnering with Every Meal - Fighting Child Hunger to provide weekend meals to families in our school community. Every Meal provides non-perishable food items that students can take home and share with their families over the weekend. It is free of cost to families and bags of food will be placed in students lockers providing privacy to students. If you know of any students/families that could use this program, feel free to reach out to Mrs. Venz (email@example.com, 952-431-8783) or Mrs. Walberg (firstname.lastname@example.org, 952-431-8312) or Mr. Bronson (email@example.com, 952-431-8782) and we will connect with these families. Thanks and have a great day!”
Frequently Asked Questions
How do school counselors help students?
- Counselors meet with students for individual and group counseling.
- Counselors help promote academic achievement and personal/social emotional growth.
- Counselors provide character education lesson in the classroom to enhance the learning process.
- Counselors help students establish personal growth and develop future career paths.
How do school counselors help parents?
- Counselors help parents respond to the challenges of raising adolescents by providing information and support services.
- Counselors collaborate with parents and staff to address student needs.
- Counselors assist parents with interpreting assessment results.
- Counselors connect families to community resources.
How are students referred?
- Students can make an appointment with their counselor directly.
- School staff will request a counselor to meet with a student.
- Parents can call or email the counselors to request a meeting with their child.
It is important to be aware of the warning signs that your child may be struggling. You can play a critical role in knowing when your child may need help.
- Consult with a school counselor, school nurse or another health care professional if your child shows one or more of the following behaviors:
- The child has been withdrawn from friends and/or family for at least two weeks.
- Expressed thoughts about self-harm or has initiated plans to do so.
- Experiences overwhelming fear that may be paired with a rapid heart beat and/or rapid breathing.
- Has recently been in trouble for physical aggression or expressing desire to do so.
- Showing intense mood swings and/or unacceptable behavior with difficulty controlling behavior that could put himself or herself in physical danger.
- Using unhealthy practices to lose weight.
- Using drugs or alcohol repeatedly.
- Showing drastic changes in behavior or personality.
Because children often can't understand difficult situations on their own, you should pay particular attention if they experience:
- Loss of a loved one
- Divorce or separation of their parents
- Any major transition—new home, new school, etc.
- Traumatic life experiences, like living through a natural disaster
- Teasing or bullying
- Difficulties in school or with classmates
- Dramatic change in academic performance