Guidance & Support

Guidance Counselors

Ms. Lyons

Mrs. Lyons

Students A-G

Mrs. Lyons Email Address:

Ms. Lewis

Mrs. Lewis

Students H-Mc

Mrs. Lewis' Email Address:

Voicemail Extension: 4082

Ms. Riordan

Mrs. Riordan

Students Me- Z

Mrs. Riordan's Email Address:

School Psychologist

Mrs. Cordasco

Mrs. Cordasco's Email Address:

South Middle School offers a developmental guidance curriculum encompassing responsive services that enhance the academic, career, personal, and social growth of all students. Counseling services foster independent decision-making skills and a positive self-image for all students to fulfill their future potentials.

School counseling services are available to all students and parents. Students are assigned a counselor who will follow them through their middle school career.

Counselors meet regularly with students via individual appointments, group sessions, and classroom-based activities and workshops to discuss the following:

• Academic planning, progress, and course selection
• High school options
• Personal strengths, interests, abilities
• Social or personal concerns

Students or parents should feel free to contact their counselors at any time during the school year.

Attention Students Considering Attending Private School

Please bring your completed application to your guidance counselor along with a stamped envelope addressed to the appropriate admission office. If letters of recommendation from specific teachers are required, the student must ask the teacher in person if they will write the recommendation and again provide a stamped, addressed envelope. Please be aware of the deadlines and be sure to give the counselor and the teacher plenty of notice.

If a student attends a private school for the day, please be sure to bring a letter from the school attended to the office to have the absence excused.

Guidance Services

The work of the Guidance Counselor is to encourage students in their development as confident and caring individuals and assist them in the process of becoming committed learners.

  • helps students to understand themselves better by discussing with them their needs, responsibilities, development, and choices
  • listens to students talk about their academic accomplishments and concerns
  • works with students to improve social interactions
  • fosters emotional growth in students
  • develops a relationship with the student and monitors academic and social/emotional functioning
  • talking to students individually on a short term basis
  • seeing students in groups, lunch groups, general communication groups or groups with a particular focus
  • presenting grade 9 programs in 8th grade classes and meeting each 8th grade student individually to plan for high school
  • consulting with specialists
  • meeting and planning with parents
  • consulting with personnell of other schools and with mental health professionals
  • serving as a member of the 504 team and coordinating the pre-referral process for Special Education

Guidance Services
for 6th Grade

  • Orientation to the Middle School/Making Transitions
  • Helping students to explore new friendships
  • Personal and academic development
  • Transition to 7th Grade
  • Study skills groups
  • Organizational skills groups
  • Second Step Anti-Bullying Curriculum
  • Lunch bunch groups for boys and girls
  • Scavenger Hunt
  • Visiting elementary schools
  • Scheduling

Guidance Services
for 7th Grade

  • Problem-solving and dealing with stress and study habits and attitudes
  • Social and communication skills
  • Respect for differences
  • Transitions to 8th Grade
  • Adjustment to an Individualized Academic Program
  • Lunch bunch groups for boys and girls
  • Scheduling

Guidance Services
for 8th Grade

  • Decision-Making for Transition to High School
  • Career Awareness
  • Adjustment to an Individualized Academic Program
  • Understanding Different Perspectives
  • Social Health and Wellness program
  • Career Cruising program
  • Suicide Prevention Program
  • Peer Mediation


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