Welcome to the MES Counseling Program

  • Welcome to the MES Guidance page. This is a resource that students, parents and staff can utilize.

    What is a School Counselor?

    A school counselor provides the following services to students and families:
     
    Individual Counseling – Some of the referral reasons for meeting individually with students/families are listed below.
    • develop an understanding of themselves or others
    • identify problems and possible solutions
    • learn problem-solving strategies
    • learn appropriate social and interpersonal skills
    • identify coping strategies to overcome adversity and change
    • develop positive self-image
    • recognize their own needs and goals
    • discuss feelings
    Small Group Counseling – Small groups are formed as needed based upon data.
     
    Classroom Guidance – Providing a preventive and developmentally appropriate classroom guidance lesson in each classroom during each marking period.
     
    Other responsibilities include working with education support teams, managing 504 Accommodation Plans, helping students transition to a new school or grade level, and conducting mediations.

    Students Transitioning to Centerville Middle School 

    Don't miss this Centerville Middle School virtual building tour with CMS teachers, and School Counselor Nate Milton.

School Counseling News

  • Introduction to Xello for K-12 College & Career Planning

    Posted by Kimberly Snyder on 5/26/2020 10:40:00 AM

    Hempfield School District is implementing a K-12 college and career planning software called Xello. Xello is an engaging program that helps students explore and build individualized career plans for their future, coupled with knowledge of the skills required for various careers. We are excited to fully implement this program to promote deeper student and family engagement in ongoing career readiness and post-secondary exploration!

    • Xello began rolling out in our elementary schools this school year.
    • Formerly, career planning lessons were collected in Schoology in a “Guidance” course. 
    • School Counselors are introducing the program to students by grade level, specifically focusing on intermediate grade (Grades 3-6) levels first.
    • Online software modules allow all students in all buildings to receive the same career and college planning services. 
    • Students will complete online modules as part of career readiness awareness and preparation.
    • The online modules do not replace other career and college planning opportunities that school counselors implement, such as the North Museum, Junior Achievement, Career Cafes, guest speakers, and personal classroom lessons.
    • School Counselors created videos to teach students how to access and start working on Xello.  
    • Parents and guardians can see what students are doing and the resulting career awareness and preparation activities.
    • School Counselors and teachers are given real-time updates on student progress in Xello. The program captures feedback, such as student interests and strengths that are reported to the school for further exploration.
    • Students will explore and build an “Academic and Career Readiness” plan by Grade 8.
    • Please let your school counselor know if you have any questions.

     

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  • Recording and Slides from 6th Grade Q&A

    Posted by Kimberly Snyder on 4/21/2020 12:45:00 PM

    Thank you to all who participated last night at the joint Centerville Middle School and Landisville Middle School 6th Grade Virtual Q&A Zoom meeting.

     

    In addition, below is a summary of middle school contact information for you to reference should you have any further questions. 

    Centerville Middle School

    (717)898-5580

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  • Kids at Work Day

    Posted by Samantha Eck on 4/4/2018 11:00:00 AM

    Hempfield School District is excited to promote career exploration and awareness district-wide with our elementary students!  On Friday, April 13, 2018 all elementary students are encouraged to wear clothing that represents a career that they are interested in exploring as an adult. For example, your child may come dressed as a firefighter, a veterinarian, a teacher, etc. Clothing should be appropriate for a day of learning and not distract other students in his/her classroom. As an added component to Kids at Work Day, teachers and staff will be wearing their college, military, trade school, or past/present career attire.

    Our hope is that Kids at Work Day will be a great way to start conversations at home and at school about different types of careers, why someone chooses a career, and what kind of training/schooling is needed to get started in a particular career.  

    At Hempfield High School about 63% of our students enroll in a four-year college. 11% enroll in a two-year college. About 3% of our students go directly into the military, and about three percent go on to a one-year certificate or training programs. 10% go directly into the workforce. About 13% attend the CTC each year to gain a year of Technical Education during their senior year of high school to study fields.

    The Hempfield Elementary School Counselors would like to thank you in advance for your support for Kids at Work Day. If you have any questions, please contact your school’s counselor.

    Sincerely,
    Hempfield Elementary Counselors

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  • 2018 Keeping Kids Safe Symposium

    Posted by Samantha Eck on 2/9/2018

    Times have changed. Many communications have become digital. So how do we actually know with whom our kids are interacting? Are they giving out too much information such as their name, school, friends, and, more importantly, their location?

    On Tuesday, March 20, 2018, the PA Governor’s Office of Homeland Security and the Pennsylvania State Police are leading the 2018 Keeping Kids Safe Symposium. This is a free cyber security forum on social media and the internet that will be held at the The Conference and Training Center at IU13 (1020 New Holland Avenue, Lancaster, PA 17601). Two sessions will be offered: 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. or 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Everyone is welcome to attend this event, specifically parents, educators, and community members.

    Workshop Topics
    This class will cover numerous applications and social media platforms commonly used by kids. It is important to know that apps come and go almost daily. Parents need to stay proactive in trying to stay educated on new apps.

    Objectives: Discuss bullying, sexual harassment, predatory behavior, and exposure to inappropriate content.

    • Learn how to set mobile privacy settings
    • Discover the most current apps being used for social media
    • Find out the current apps most often being used for “secret” communications
    • Hear how bullying happens and can ruin lives

    Register online.

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  • Back to School Night at MES

    Posted by Samantha Eck on 8/28/2017 8:00:00 AM

    Please join us for our Back to School Night being held on Thursday, August 31, 2017 from 7:00-8:30 p.m.

    During this time, you will have the opportunity to meet your child’s teacher(s), to learn about grade level expectations, and curriculum. You will also hear about all of the exciting things your child’s grade level will be participating in this year. The evening will be broken into three sessions. The opening session will be a brief introduction of staff in the cafeteria followed by information from PTO. The following two sessions will consist of grade level expectations and curriculum highlights. Session three is an informal session where you will be able to visit the classroom you could not attend during sessions 1 and 2. Specialists will be located in the library during each session to explain their expectations and curriculum as well as answer any questions that you may have for them. The schedule of events is as follows:

    •  6:45-7:00:       Doors open and parents assemble in the cafeteria        
    • 7:00-7:10:        Opening in the Cafeteria
    • 7:10:                Dismissed to Session 1
    • 7:15-7:40:        Session 1
    • 7:40:                Dismissed to Session 2
    • 7:45-8:10:        Session 2
    • 8:10-8:30:        Session 3 (Informal)

    We look forward to seeing you at our Back to School Night! Thank you for your continued support!

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  • Meet our New School Counselor!

    Posted by Shannon Zimmerman on 8/21/2017 1:35:00 PM

    MES has a new school counselor, Miss Haines! Learn more about her by reading this welcome newsletter!

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  • End of the Year Coffee Talk with the Elementary Counselors

    Posted by Samantha Eck on 5/10/2017 7:00:00 AM

    You're invited to have coffee with Ms. Stefanie Scarborough and Ms. Amy Koerner (Elementary Counselors)! 

    Topic: Helping Parents Navigate the Technology World: Safety and Screen Time
    Date: Thursday, May 18
    Time: 9:30 a.m.
    Location: East Petersburg Elementary School

    We hope to see you there!

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  • 6th Grade Parent Night Presentation

    Posted by Samantha Eck on 4/5/2017 7:00:00 AM

    If you were unable to attend Monday’s 6th Grade Parent Night at Centerville Middle School, click here to review the full presentation. The presentation reviews:

    • Who to contact
    • General information and attendance
    • Student schedule
    • First day of school
    •  Extracurricular activities
    • Teams
    • Class schedule
    • Curriculum
    • Sneak-a-Peek opportunities
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  • February Coffee with the Counselors Presentation

    Posted by Samantha Eck on 2/17/2017 2:00:00 PM

    If you were not able to attend Thursday’s Coffee with the Counselors information session, please click here to review the presentation and resources. If you have additional questions, please call or email your School Counselor.

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  • February Coffee with the Counselors

    Posted by Samantha Eck on 1/30/2017 8:00:00 AM

    Coffee Cup

    All parents/guardians of elementary students are invited to join us on Thursday, February 16 from 9:30 a.m. - 10:15 a.m. for Coffee with the Counselors at Farmdale Elementary School. Elementary school counselors from Mountville and Farmdale Elementary Schools will explain techniques and brain-based strategies to help manage your child's strong emotions. 

    Click here to register.

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College & Career Planning

  • Introduction to Xello for K-12 College & Career Planning

    Hempfield School District is implementing a K-12 college and career planning software called Xello. Xello is an engaging program that helps students explore and build individualized career plans for their future, coupled with knowledge of the skills required for various careers. We are excited to fully implement this program to promote deeper student and family engagement in ongoing career readiness and post-secondary exploration!

    • Xello began rolling out in our elementary schools this school year.
    • Formerly, career planning lessons were collected in Schoology in a “Guidance” course. 
    • School Counselors are introducing the program to students by grade level, specifically focusing on intermediate grade (Grades 3-6) levels first.
    • Online software modules allow all students in all buildings to receive the same career and college planning services. 
    • Students will complete online modules as part of career readiness awareness and preparation.
    • The online modules do not replace other career and college planning opportunities that school counselors implement, such as the North Museum, Junior Achievement, Career Cafes, guest speakers, and personal classroom lessons.
    • School Counselors created videos to teach students how to access and start working on Xello.  See below.
    • Parents and guardians can see what students are doing and the resulting career awareness and preparation activities.
    • School Counselors and teachers are given real-time updates on student progress in Xello. The program captures feedback, such as student interests and strengths that are reported to the school for further exploration.
    • Students will explore and build an “Academic and Career Readiness” plan by Grade 8.
    • Please let your school counselor know if you have any questions.