• 3/14/2019: The middle school will offer French and Spanish during the Arts Block time for 7th graders next year.  All 7th grade students will take the Arts Block rotation of Art, Music, Health, Computers, and may choose to take Foreign Language or PE/Wellness every other day.  Please see the letter below detailing the program, expectations, and logistics.  All students will have the opportunity to enroll in the same upper level high school Foreign Language classes, regardless of whether they start in 7th grade or at the high school. 

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  • Hello!  We have begun the course selection process for the 2019-2020 school year!  Please see the attached letters for specific details about your student's grade level. 



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  • Our Mission

    The Michael E. Smith Middle School Counseling department is founded on the belief that each student is a unique individual who is capable of growing into a responsible, independent, and contributing member of the classroom and larger society.  The mission of the MESMS Counseling department is to facilitate the development and empowerment of all students in academic, career, and personal-social areas through a developmental approach.  Our School Counselors work proactively with all students in an effort to maximize student potential and achievement.  They are professional educators who advocate for equity, access, and success through collaborative efforts with students, staff, parents/guardians, and the larger community. 



 School Counseling Staff

Phone: 413-538-5074


Degrees and Certifications:

Ms. Jessica Austin, M.ED, CAGS, jaustin@shschools.com Ms. Melissa Lake, M.ED, CAGS, mmlake@shschools.com Ms. Sara Cunningham, MSW, LICSW, scunningham@shschools.com

School Counseling Staff

Ms. Austin works with students in grade 7 and 8

Ms. Lake works with students in grade 5 and 6.

Ms. Cunningham works with students in grades 5-8.