Guidance Department

Last Updated: 7/31/2021 3:18 AM

Welcome to the school counseling program at South Oldham Middle School!  We are so happy to meet you and hope we can get to know you better!

The following information is intended to explain who we are and what we do and to answer some questions you may have about school counseling services here at South Oldham Middle School. After you read the information, we will be happy to answer any other questions you may have.

We hope your experiences at South Middle School are positive ones.  Middle School is a major transition.  However, at South Oldham Middle School, we offer a challenging yet rewarding experience in your educational life.  We are here to help you in any way we can!

Guidance Staff:

Ashley Melloan, Director of Guidance    (Discovery, Explorers, Enterprise)

Maura Mason, Counselor    (Innovators, Trailblazers, Scholars, Atlantis)

Brenna Cantrell, Guidance Secretary

Information about Privacy

We make every effort to follow the school counseling guidelines contained in the American School Counselor Association Code of Ethics. This means we will keep the information you share with us confidential—unless you give us permission to share it, or unless we are required by law or school policy to share it.

Examples of when we must share your information:

  • When you give us permission to share information.
  • When we are required to release information by a school policy, state law and/or the code of ethics for counselors.  For example:
    • If we believe you are at risk of harming yourself or others
    • If we believe someone is trying to hurt you
    • If a judge orders us to provide information in court
    • If a law is broken

What Does A Middle School Counselor Do?

The Middle School Counselor...

  • Assists parents and teachers helping children
  • Conducts classroom guidance activities
  • Provides individual and small group counseling
  • Coordinates school-wide guidance activities
  • Academic scheduling

A child may see the counselor for...

  • Study skills
  • Bullying
  • Academic planning and career exploration
  • Issues with friends
  • New situations
  • Difficult decisions
  • Success & Accomplishments
  • Family Concerns
  • Happy occasions
  • Dealing with grief, loss, or illness
  • Any other area of concern that may fall under the guidelines of School Counselor

How can a student see the counselor?

  • Student support team referral
  • Teacher referral
  • Administrative referral
  • Parental referral
  • Self-Referral

Contacting Us

The professional school counselor is available both by appointment and by walk-in. We encourage parents to call for an appointment to avoid waiting for service.  We also encourage students to make an appointment with the school counselor as needed.  Forms are available in the guidance office, or download the Request for Guidance Counseling Services form.  However, students may come in on a walk-in basis if in crisis, during breaks or when referred by a school staff member.  If you need services that we cannot provide, we will help you find a resource.

Please note:  The counselors, although assigned to specific teams, are here for all of our students!