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Meet the Counselors

6th Grade Counselor

Haley Gordy

hgordy@srcs.org

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Hi Cougars! 

I’m so excited to be at Davidson for my first year of counseling as the 6th Grade Academic Counselor! 

I am originally from Denver, CO and I earned my Bachelors of Science in Psychological Science from the University of Arizona. I just recently graduated in May with a Master of Arts in Counseling from the University of San Diego. 

I love traveling and trying new things so I’m super excited about moving to San Rafael and I’m excited to get outside and meet new people. In my free time I like to hike, hang out with my cat, and read Harry Potter! 

I’m looking forward to getting to know each and every one of you this year! 

¡Hola Cougars!

¡Estoy muy emocionada de estar en Davidson durante mi primer año de consejería como consejera académica de sexto grado!

Soy originalmente de Denver, CO y obtuve mi Licenciatura en Ciencias Psicológicas de la Universidad de Arizona. Recientemente me gradué en mayo con una Maestría en Consejería de la Universidad de San Diego.

Me encanta viajar y probar cosas nuevas, así que estoy muy emocionada de mudarme a San Rafael y de salir y conocer gente nueva. ¡En mi tiempo libre me gusta caminar, pasar el rato con mi gato y leer Harry Potter!

¡Espero conocer a todos y cada uno de ustedes este año!

7th Grade Counselor

Chantel Sharp

csharp@srcs.org

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I am so excited to be here!

This is my second year of counseling. I am originally from Lincoln, CA which is outside of Sacramento. I graduated from The University of Nevada, Reno with my Bachelors of Science in Human Development and Family Studies. I  graduated with a Master of Arts in Counseling from Brandman University. 

I love sports and being active. In my free time, I am always with family and friends.

I look forward to working together! Go Cougars!

¡Estoy muy emocionada de estar aqui! 

Este es mi segundo año como consejera. Originalmente soy de Lincoln, CA lo cual queda afuera de Sacramento. Me graduade de la Universidad de Nevada, Reno con mi bachiderato en ciencias en el desarrollo humano y estudios familiares. Me he graduado con mi maestria en consejeria de la Universidad Brandaman. 

Amo los deportes y estar activa. En mis dias libres siempre me gusta estar con mi familia y amigos. 

¡Emotionada por trabajar juntos! ¡ Vamos Cougars!

8th Grade Counselor

Megan Sawyer

msawyer@srcs.org

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I am the 8th Grade Academic Counselor and am so excited to be a Davidson Cougar!

This is my 3rd year at Davidson and counseling after spending 14 years teaching Middle School Math. Originally from Minnesota, I earned my Bachelors of Science in Teaching from Winona State University. I graduated with a Masters of Education in School Counseling from the University of West Alabama. 

I moved to Marin County in 2015 because of my husband's military orders to the area and it has felt like home since! We have 2 boys in elementary school who keep us very busy. In my spare time, I enjoy camping, traveling and enjoying the beautiful NorCal weather. 

I'm looking forward to working together with students, parents and teachers to support students as they transition in and through middle school!

¡Soy la Consejera Académica de 8o Grado y estoy muy emocionada de ser una Davidson Cougar!

Este es mi trecer año en Davidson y consejería después de pasar 14 años enseñando matemáticas en la escuela secundaria. Originario de Minnesota, obtuve mi Licenciatura en Ciencias en Enseñanza de la Universidad Estatal de Winona. Me gradué con una Maestría en Educación en Consejería Escolar de la Universidad de West Alabama.

Me mudé al condado de Marin en 2015 debido a las órdenes militares de mi esposo en el área y ¡me he sentido como en casa desde entonces! Tenemos 2 niños en la escuela primaria que nos mantienen muy ocupados. En mi tiempo libre, disfruto de acampar, viajar y disfrutar del hermoso clima de NorCal.

¡Espero trabajar junto con los estudiantes, los padres y los maestros para apoyar a los estudiantes en su transición hacia la escuela intermedia y hacia ella!

Social Emotional Learning

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Monthly SEL Resources available here

 

We will be using curriculum from Second Step whose goals are to help students gain confidence, set goals, make better decisions, collaborate with others in work and play, and navigate the world more effectively. This is done through scaffolded across grade level and divided into key units. 

 

Monthly Theme & SEL Lesson

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TUPE at DMS

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TUPE meets on Tuesdays during 7th/8th grade lunch in the Library.

Contact Mrs. Sawyer at msawyer@srcs.org for more information.

 

 

 

Tobacco-Use Prevention Education (TUPE) Program: The purpose of the state-funded TUPE program is to reduce substance use by empowering students in grades 6-12 to make healthful decisions through preventative instruction, intervention, cessation programs, and activities through youth development. The TUPE program aims to provide services such as:banner

  • Tobacco prevention education

  • School-based events for teachers and students

  • Tobacco and vaping education curriculum 

  • Student intervention support

  • Tobacco-free policies 

  • Tobacco-free signage to all district-owned building entrances

  • Ongoing district support with policies 

More information available at MCOE MarinTUPE

 

 

PARENT EDUCATION

SRCS Mental Health and Wellness Parent Resource Page

Substance Abuse Prevention: A Parent's Guide with Bay Area Community Resources TUPE and Being Adept; November 2019

Examining Identity and Standing Up Against Bullying: A Workshop with the Anti-Defamation League; October 2019 (additional information about our Restorative Program)

Community Conversation: Mental Health and Student Wellness; September 2019

Kids and Anxiety: What You Can Do and When to Seek Professional Help; April 2019

Parenting in The Digital Age; March 2019 (additional information about managing screen time)

School Climate: What It Is, Why It Matters, and What YOU Can Do to Help; November 2018

A Caretaker's Guide to Navigating Adolescence; April 2018

 

ARE YOU APPLYING TO A PRIVATE HIGH SCHOOL NEXT YEAR?

Please read the directions carefully on the application packets you receive or download before submitting to DMS

  • Have your student fill out a Private School Recommendation Form
  • Download the Application and Student Records Release Form from the private school you anticipate attending. Follow the directions given to you by the school.  
  • Completed all the necessary areas. 
  • Submit the completed Student Records Release Form to Ms. Perez in the Main Office a week in advance.
  • The Student Record Release form must be signed by the parent. If the form is incomplete it will be returned to the student.
  • Include an addressed stamped envelope to the school, Ms. Perez will mail the Student Record Release form and transcripts in the postage paid envelope you provide. If no envelope is provided the Student Records Release form will be returned to the student.  

Counselors will be completing the Letters of Recommendation for your student. The request must be submitted no later than a week in advance of the due date.  

 

¿Vas a aplicar a una secundaria privada para el próximo año?

Por favor lea cuidadosamente las instrucciones que se encuentran en los paquetes que recibió o que bajo del internet antes de entregar los documentos a DMS.

  • Haga que su estudiante complete un formulario de recomendatión de escuela privada.
  • Complete todas las áreas necesarias.
  • Entregue la forma de liberación del registro del estudiante a la Sra. Perez en la oficina principal con una semana de anticipación. 
  • La forma de liberación del registro del estudiante debe estar firmada por padre o madre. Si la forma es entregada incompleta será retornada al estudiante. 
  • Incluya un sobre con estampilla y dirigido a la escuela, la Sra. Perez enviara por correo la liberación del registro del estudiante y la historia de calificaciones usando el sobre que usted proporcione. Si el estudiante no proporciona el sobre con la estampilla la forma será regresada al estudiante. 

Los consejeros completarán las Cartas de recomendación para su estudiante. La solicitud debe presentarse a más tardar una semana antes de la fecha límite.

Para obtener ayuda en español, llame al 415-485-2400 X215

COUNSELOR SERVICES

Wellness check-ins. Students are encouraged to self-refer for academic support, organization help, peer conflict, need help problem-solving or managing emotions, or if they need to report something that is concerning. Staff or parents may also request a wellness check.

Brief counseling. Students have the option to work with a school counselor over a six to eight week period to address specific goals such as social problem solving, stress management, motivation and engagement, executive functioning, or increasing self-confidence.

Academic counseling. Students work with a counselor on a bi-weekly, monthly, or semester basis to review academic progress, identify and remedy obstacles, and make action plans for success.

Group counseling. Students may prefer to work in a group setting. We run the various small group Social/Emotional Learning throughout the year: Academic Motivation, Peer Pressure, Building Champions, Communication vs. Confrontation, etc.

Referral to school-based clinical counseling. We are fortunate to have limited availability of clinicians through our partnership with the Community Institute for Psychotherapy and Bay Area Community Resources. Other referrals to local agencies can be given upon request. School-based clinical counseling is facilitated through our Wellness Center. 

Consultations. Counselors are available to meet with caregivers to discuss and collaborate on student success.

Restorative solutions. As part of our commitment to Restorative Practices, any student or staff member can request a restorative circle. If there is a conflict or bullying situation, circles help us get to the heart of the matter and make agreements with the intent to bring harmony to the school community.

Stress management. Students are also encouraged to visit the their counselor when they need a safe space to process difficult emotions, utilize healthy coping tools, or consult with a counselor on a problem.

 

YOUTH TRANSFORMING JUSTICE 

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Davidson Middle School is pleased to continue out partnership with Youth Transforming Justice. DMS’s Peer Team is a group of youth volunteers who have been trained in “motivational interviewing.” In these trainings, they will learn how to ask questions of a respondent that are non-judgemental or confrontational to ensure that the communal support of our youth going through the program is the utmost priority. Peer Team members ask a variety of questions to the respondent beyond details pertaining to the specific incident that brought them to be referred to Peer Solutions. Holistic questions the Peer Team is encouraged to ask the respondent include those involving social, household, school, strengths, and extracurriculars.

The YTJ Peer Solutions process includes: referrals, intake interview, pre-hearing meeting, youth hearing, co-creation of a personalized restorative plan and case management support.

OUR VISION

The SRCS counseling community envisions a counseling program that respects personal identity, cultivates resilience, critical thinking, compassion and self-advocacy in all learners; promoting a successful transition for their future learning and careers as productive members of their school, local and global community. 

Declaración sobre la Visión de Consejería de SRCS  

El departamento de consejería de Las Escuelas de la Ciudad de San Rafael, visualiza un programa de consejería que respete la identidad personal, que cultive la resiliencia, el pensamiento crítico, la compasión y la defensa personal en todos los estudiantes. Un programa que promueva una transición exitosa para el aprendizaje futuro y para sus carreras  como miembros productivos de sus escuelas, y comunidades local y global.

OUR MISSION

Our counseling program committed to developing mindsets and behaviors that foster innovative and determined learners. Our mission is to provide a strength-based, reflective and collaborative approach to education, harnessing a balance of the social, emotional, and academic components that will prepare the next generation for success in their careers, their relationships and their personal wellbeing.

Misión de la Consejería de SRCS: 

El programa de consejería de SRCS está comprometido a desarrollar mentalidades y comportamientos que fomenten a los aprendices innovadores y determinados a que visualicen el crear un mundo mejor. Nuestra misión es proveer un enfoque reflexivo y colaborador en cuanto a educación,  aprovechando el balance entre los componentes académicos, emocionales y sociales que prepararán a la próxima generación para el éxito en sus carreras.  

DEDICATION TO EQUITY

We believe in the importance for advocating for every child by understanding issues of access, equity and educational justice. We strive to help students and families navigate challenging obstacles in societal systems; working as a cultural mediator when necessary; and developing programming that works to close access gaps. Students of all races, genders, sexual orientations, classes, abilities, and spiritual orientations are welcomed and appreciated for their strengths and gifts. We recognize the importance of the family’s belief systems and practice culturally sensitive counseling enhancing our own cultural competence and awareness of social justice issues facing all people.     

Declaración sobre la Diversidad en la Consejería de SRCS  

Nosotros creemos en la importancia de defender cada niño, entendiendo las cuestiones de acceso, equidad, y justicia en la educación. Nosotros nos esforzamos para ayudar a los estudiantes y a las familias  para que naveguen los obstáculos y retos del sistema social. Trabajando como un mediador cultural cuando es necesario y desarrollando programas que funcionen para achicar las brechas entre los que logran y los que no. Los estudiantes de todas las razas, géneros, orientación sexual, clases, habilidades y orientaciones espirituales son bienvenidos y apreciados por su fortaleza y dones. Nosotros creemos en la importancia del sistema de creencias familiares  y practicamos una consejería que es culturalmente sensible, estamos continuamente mejorando nuestra propia competencia cultural y la conciencia sobre justicia social, temas que nos interesan a todas las personas.