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The Guidance Office

The Middle School Guidance office is attached to the Main Office. The Guidance Office is available to assist students with any needs they have while at school. There are two Guidance Counselors and a Guidance Secretary at Maine Endwell Middle School. 

Guidance Counselors are student advocates as well as a resource to the school and community for information having to do with student success related to his/her education at the middle school level.
 
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Welcome to the 2019-2020 School Year!
 
The Middle School runs on a 9 period "junior high model" for 7th and 8th grade. Teachers at these grade levels may teach both grades. 
We have "teaming" for our 6th graders. There are 2 teams. Blue and Gold. Students are randomly placed on teams, they are academically aligned. 

When you see your child's schedule they should have the following  core courses:
Math, Social Studies, English and Science.
 
ADDITIONAL COURSES
 
6th Graders will have 20 weeks of Home and Careers, 10 weeks of Art and 10 weeks of Technology. They also will have Enrichment courses listed. These are fun opportunities to learn about technology use and hands on activities such as repurposing items and public speaking.
 

7th graders will have 10 weeks of Art, Technology, Media Communications and Health. They also have a 1 Quarter of keyboarding and life skills.


8th graders will have 10 weeks of Media Communications and Health and 20 weeks of Technology. They will also be able to sign up for an elective art and home and careers course. This will be available to them IF it fits into his/her schedule. The courses will equal 10 weeks each.

MUSIC
6th and 7th graders must take a music course. We offer General Music, Band, Chorus and Orchestra.
Music is optional for 8th graders.
Music courses are daily unless the students schedule doesn't allow. The students will have required lessons for performing musics on a rotating basis.
 
FOREIGN LANGUAGE 
7th graders will have a 20 week course in French or Spanish.  
8th graders will take a High School level foreign language. We offer Spanish or French. If they successfully complete the foreign language course AND pass the exam they will have 1 credit toward their high school diploma.
 
All students will have a Lunch and Physical Education course scheduled.
Your child may be assigned a Math or English Lab or Support. This is academic intervention scheduled due to his/her performance on NYS testing and or teacher placement. Parent score reports are being mailed after the start of school.

If you child has Special Education Services you may see a Resource Room or Support Time listed on his/her schedule.

We will not be making schedule changes unless a course is missing. 
Please contact us with any questions regarding student schedules.
We are looking forward to an exciting year!
 
 
  

Guidance Staff

Guidance Phone:607-786-8279 or 607-786-8277
Guidance FAX:607-786-5137


Meet the Guidance Staff:


Marisa Maney, School Counselor for students with last names starting with letters A-L
607-786-8279 X3006
mmaney@me.stier.org 
 
Mrs. Maney has been a Guidance Counselor for over 20 years. She has a Bachelor of Arts Degree from SUNY Oswego and a Master's of Education Degree with a concentration on School Counseling K-12 from SUNY Oneonta. She took additional Graduate courses at SUNY Oswego and Indiana Weselyn University.
 
Beth Zunic, School Counselor for students with last names starting with letters M-Z 607-786-8279 X3007
bzunic@me.stier.org 

Mrs. Zunic has been a Guidance Counselor for over 20 years. Beth has a Bachelor of Arts Degree from St. Bonaventure University and a Master's of Education Degree with a concentration on School Counseling K-12 from Springfield College, MA and SUNY Oneonta.
 
Nicole Baker, Guidance Secretary
nbaker@me.stier.org

The Guidance Secretary is responsible for student registrations, record retention and requests and will help with any general questions about the middle school or guidance office.

Role of the School Guidance Counselor:

Each Counselor at MEMS has a caseload of almost 300 students, works with over 500 parents/families, and has contact with more than 40 teachers and various other school staff/employees on a regular basis.

The school counselor is the primary case manager for all of the students in the school. He or she provides a developmental, proactive guidance program to all students. The program promotes the mental health necessary for academic success, self-sufficiency and responsible community membership.

In New York State, professional School Counselors hold master’s degree plus 30 hours of further education with state certification. School Counselors have a strong understanding of how children develop and learn. They are certified in grades K-12.
Each level carries varied responsibilities, but there are three primary developmental areas the school counselor focuses on:

Career skills: School Counselors introduce and enhance students’ skills in areas of career preparation. They teach students about their interests and help them understand how to transfer their skills into the world of work.

Academic skills: School Counselors help students to understand and enhance their academic progress. They offer assistance in study skills as well as other strategies to help students be successful.

Personal/social skills: School counselors work with students to aid them in building positive relationships with others. They help students understand themselves so that they may be mentally healthy. They teach skills such as anger management, stress reduction and general life coping strategies.

The school counselor coordinates school, community and district resources for the development of students in all skill areas. The school counselor works with families and their children when referrals to special programs, specialists, and community agencies are in need.
 
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