• High School Course of Studies

    This week, 8th grade teachers are entering their teacher recommendations for 9th grade courses.  Recommendations can be viewed on student or parent/guardian PowerSchool accounts.  All recommendations will be finalized by the end of the day Thursday, January 16th.  

    On Friday, January 17th, the high school Guidance Counselors will be here at MESMS to complete course registration with our 8th grade students.  Students will be coming home with a sheet listing the courses that they selected.  Students will need to have these forms signed and should return them to school next week.  

    Finally, if your student is interested in applying to a vocational program such as CTEC, all applications are due by March 1st.  I will of course accept them at any time!  Applications for CTEC are available in the middle school office, and CTEC is having their final open house on Tuesday, February 4th from 5-7pm.  Students interested in joining the Culinary, Carpentry, Criminal Justice, or Hospitality voke programs offered at SHHS will not need to submit an application.

    Please email Guidance Counsleor Melissa Lake, at mmlake@shschools.com, with any questions.

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  • Welcome to the School Counseling Department at MESMS!  We've had some staff changes we'd like to share! 

    Melissa Lake is now the assigned Guidance Counselor for all students, grades 5-8.  She will be focusing on academics with all students.  She can be reached at mmlake@shschools.com

    Sara Gardner is now the assigned Adjustment Counselor for students in grades 5 and 6.  She will be focusing on social/emotional concerns, as well as meeting the needs of students with counseling on their IEPs or 504s.  Sara will loop with this group of students until they graduate MESMS.  She can be reached at sgardner@shschools.com

    Caitlin Garreffi is now the assigned Adjustment Counselor for students in grades 7 and 8.  She will be focusing on social/emotional concerns, as well as meeting the needs of students with counseling on their IEPs or 504s. Caitlin can be reached at cgarreffi@shschools.com

  • 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. 



Important Guidance Documents