School Counseling & Guidance
SUMMARY OF SERVICES
Helping resolve problems that interfere with learning
Encouraging academic, social and personal potential
Providing career exploration opportunities
Overseeing all standardized testing
Supporting students with special needs
Consulting with teachers, administrators, and parents to support
Educating students about conflict resolution and problem-solving
Providing crisis intervention and prevention
Planning and supporting Advisory program
Transitioning students from Hampden Meadows to BMS and from
BMS to the high school
Facilitating group meetings with students and their peers
Helping students develop self-awareness
Assisting in personal decision making
Individual Learning Plans
Individual Learning Plans (ILP’s) are now required for all students in grades 5-12 as a part of the RI High School Diploma System. An Individual Learning Plan (ILP) is primarily authored by students themselves, with guidance from adults who know and care about them: their school advisors, teachers, counselors, and parents. They are a foundational component of personalization efforts intended to help students reflect upon and plan for their future in three developmental domains: academic, personal/social, and career.
Barrington Middle School has created a digital system in which students can do this. During Connect, our school’s advisory time, students work closely with their advisors to write their own plan. It includes their perceived learning styles, strengths and interests, personal achievements, and future goals.
Once written, students enter the data electronically directly into their digital ILP portfolio. Students are given a user name and secure pass word. This will enable them to visit their page to alter or amend information as new circumstances emerge and/or as their goals evolve. In addition, students will revisit their ILP each year to update their information. That way, students are able to view their experiences retrospectively and gain an awareness of how they have developed as students and individuals.ILP’s also offer an excellent opportunity to engage parents in their child’s learning. Parents will be able to view and comment on their child’s ILP to ensure family involvement in the process.
Click Below for the Individual Learning Plans
Grade 6 ILP
Grade 7 ILP
Grade 8 ILP
Guidance counselors at BMS remain a constant in students’ lives throughout their 3 years. We oversee all academic, social, emotional and behavioral aspects of our students’ experience. We meet with students individually and in groups, in planned meetings or at a moment’s notice. Our offices are always open to our students and their parents. We collaborate with parents, teachers and administrators, and consult with outside agencies and experts in order to enable our students to grow and develop their full potential. Some of our many other activities include helping students to discover their learning preferences and recognize their strengths, conducting career exploration lessons, planning high school classes and teaching students coping skills and social skills.
Maggy Bell, MA, CAGS,
The school psychologist functions with broad areas of responsibility to consult, educate, research, assess and intervene on behalf of the children with whom they work. The school psychologist provides services that meet the unique needs of the population being served. Specific services provided are based on a collaborative effort among parents, school personnel and the school psychologist. School psychologists utilize a variety of assessment tools and techniques in order to best determine a student’s intellectual or emotional functioning. School psychologists are skilled in the implementation of intervention strategies which can be designed to enhance educational performance as well as developmentally appropriate behavior. Within the consultation model, the school psychologist works collaboratively with parents, teachers, administrators and other professionals to positively influence the learning of all students.
School Social Worker:
Courtney Frye Canario, MSW, LICSW:
School Social Workers(SSW) are a vital part of the total educational team. Working in collaboration, the SSW integrates the information from all school sources to provide social, emotional, behavioral and adaptive functioning support to the child, the child's family and the school. The SSW offers group, individual and family meetings, as well as parent support groups for common concerns. The SSW also works closely with the teaching teams to support the individual needs of students and they grow and learn. As a SSW, Courtney pays particular attention to transitions between schools, and offers good information about each of the schools that is often helpful to families. She also sits on the evaluation teams for special education in the middle school. Her knowledge of the community can serve as a resource when families are seeking help in the area to support their children.
Student Assistance Counselor:
Anne Johnston, LCSW
also see Barrington Public Schools website – “School Links – Parents-The Anti-Drug”.
The Student Assistance Program allows easy access to highly trained, on-site, Master's-level counselors. At BMS, Anne Johnston, provides a wide range of prevention and early intervention services for students and families. Marta provides assessment and conducts individual and group sessions for students with alcohol, drug, school, family, peer or other problems that can lead to alcohol and other drug use. Prevention efforts are aimed at changing student, parent and community norms and expectations about substance use. This early detection and intervention has proven effective in delaying the initiation and use of alcohol and other drugs, and reducing the resulting school/life problems. Self-referrals account for more than half of all referrals. Students are also referred by school administrators, guidance counselors, teachers, parents and friends. Student Assistance Counselors maintain strict adherence to State and Federal laws governing the confidentiality of federally-assisted alcohol and drug abuse services. Marta is available every day except for Wednesdays as a resource for both students and families.