Welcome to the Rocky Top Counseling Department
Though counselors are not available during the summer, students may sign up during the academic year for a time slot for a video counseling session via Google Hangouts. Students can discuss any topic for which they would typically sign up to see us (academic, social/emotional, career, family, friends, etc.). Students will be directed to check their email at the start of their session to get the link for the Google Hangout. Students are also more than welcome to send an email or call us with any questions/concerns if they’d prefer to not talk via video chat.
**We ask that parents provide a confidential environment for their student to engage in a safe and private conversation with their counselor (much like we offer them at school). This can be done by asking siblings to give them time alone, staying out of earshot of your student’s meeting, providing them headphones to use, etc. Counselors will maintain confidentiality and privacy on their end as well (outside of a situation involving safety)**
In the same manner that we do when we are at school, if a member of our mental health team is ever concerned about your student’s safety, we will reach out to a parent/guardian right away. Please be sure to respond to correspondence in a manner as timely as possible to help us support your student’s safety. If a parent does not answer, the mental health personnel will follow district protocol to contact an outside agency (such as law enforcement) to help us initiate a well-being check.
If you become concerned about your student’s safety and/or well-being, please use the resources below to access immediate mental health support for your student. If safety is an immediate concern, contact 911 or go to your nearest emergency room.
You may also fill out a Safe 2 Tell report. You can also call the Colorado Crisis Center (24 hours) 1.844.493.8255
Check out the information your student is learning in Bear Necessities by visiting the Bear Necessities website, linked here!
RTMS Counseling Team
Our office hours are a structured time during which students may sign up to speak with us via Google Hangouts and when we can return parent/guardian contacts via phone or email. We will still make every effort to return parent/guardian/student communication within one business day. You may contact us via phone or email outside of these contact hours, however we will be upholding our 24-hour response time during the school week.
|Nicole Bernabe||6th Grade Counselor|
|Rachel McNiff||7th Grade Counselor|
|Porfidia Beuke||8th Grade Counselor|
|Maureen Pleil||Social Worker|
Counseling supports the development of the whole child by advocating for academic, social/emotional, career and postsecondary needs and strives to develop life-long learners and productive citizens.
The counseling program in Adams 12 Five Star Schools works collaboratively with parents, community members and educators to empower every child, regardless of individual differences or obstacles, to ensure all students are prepared for meaningful, productive learning through a data-driven comprehensive K-12 school counseling program.