Welcome to the EPES Counseling Program

  • Welcome to the EPES 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 a 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

  • Two Grade 6 Middle School Transition Videos Available

    Posted by Kimberly Snyder on 4/16/2021 1:00:00 PM

    For current grade 6 students transitioning to the middle school in the 2021-2022 school year we have two videos resources for you to review.

    Our first video is a pre-recorded orientation video made by Centerville Middle School that reviews important information such as:

    • Who to Contact
    • Attendance
    • School-Wide Positive Behavior Plan
    • First Day of School
    • Bell Schedule
    • Courses at CMS
    • August tour dates

    This CMS Orientation Video is linked here.

    The next video is a live Zoom recording from yesterday, April 15, of the Middle School Q & A Session. This featured audience questions and answers from both CMS and LMS administrators and school counselors. The Q&A video is linked here. Please note, the recording started later than anticipated due to a technical issue.

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  • 2021-2022 Middle School Course Verification Forms

    Posted by Kimberly Snyder on 4/15/2021 3:00:00 PM

    Attention Parents/Guardians of current 6th grade students –

    Tomorrow, Friday, April 16 we will be sending to you 2021-2022 Middle School Course Verification forms in the mail for your son/daughter.  We asked you to review the letter and verify the course placements by Thursday, April 22.  If you have any questions, please contact your student’s current School Counselor.

    Thank you!

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  • EPES Kindness Matters Week

    Posted by Kimberly Snyder on 2/16/2021 1:45:00 PM

    This week at EPES we are celebrating National Random Acts of Kindness Week! Students are encouraged to show acts of kindness throughout their days and to wear BRIGHT colors on Friday, February 19 to remind everyone to use kindness to brighten our days! Students will also be writing down kind things they see or do and building a school wide chain of kindness!

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  • A Message from the Elementary School Counselors

    Posted by Kimberly Snyder on 9/30/2020 1:00:00 PM

    The Elementary Counselors are coordinating a Behavioral Screening with all of our 6th graders. A detailed letter, which is linked in PDF form here, will be going home with students by Friday, October 2. 

    At Hempfield School District, our goal is to provide holistic care for all students. We believe that physical health is influenced by emotional heath. Therefore, we want to partner with you to gain a better understanding of your child’s emotional well-being and social behaviors. During the month of October, all of the 6th grade students in the Hempfield School District are being offered the opportunity to use the Behavioral Health Screening Tool, developed at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. This computer-based survey asks several questions about feelings, behaviors, relationships, school, and safety. Answers will be reviewed by a school counselor, school psychologist, and/or a licensed social worker. If help is needed, recommendations for how and where you can get some help will be discussed with you. 

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

    Posted by Kimberly Snyder on 5/26/2020 10:30:00 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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  • EPES Grade 6 to CMS Transition Presentation on Google Meet

    Posted by Kimberly Snyder on 4/29/2020 12:40:00 PM

    Centerville Middle School Counselor Mr. Milton, Principal Mumma, and Assistant Principal Ackerman will meet with all 6th grade students from East Petersburg Elementary School on May 7, 2020 at 1:00 p.m. for a group meeting on Google Meet. This meeting will be 20 - 30 minutes in duration. The format will be as follows:

    1. A short video will be shown. It features the CMS building.
    2. Up next there will be a Q&A addressing frequently asked questions about middle school.
    3. Testimonials will be given by current 8th grade students about their strategies for a successful transition to the middle school.
    4. Before we end, there will an open question and answer period.

    This information was also shared in Schoology by grade 6 teachers. Please contact Centerville Middle School, School Counselor Nate Milton via email at nate_milton@hempfieldsd.org or by phone at (717) 898-5578 for the Google Meet details or if you have any questions.

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  • Incoming 7th Grade CMS Students: 2020-2021 Course Request Form

    Posted by Kimberly Snyder on 4/28/2020 1:30:00 PM

    ATTENTION CURRENT PARENTS/GUARDIANS OF 6th and 7th GRADE STUDENTS ATTENDING CMS NEXT SCHOOL YEAR:

    Since students will not return to buildings again this school year, we are asking for you to digitally sign your child's 2020-2021 Course Request Form.To do this, please complete the confirmation survey (linked below) by May 1, 2020:

    https://tinyurl.com/cms2021courserequests

    Use the Notes section on the form for the following purposes:

    • To share any questions or concerns regarding course placements for your child. Please discuss these selections with your child before making any notes on the form.
    • To request an end of year data review for placements in major subjects.
    • To request to add or delete an elective Music course, please indicate "Add Elective" or "Remove Elective". If your student does not want one of these electives, he/she will be assigned another FLEX period in their schedule.

    If you have any questions, please contact your child's counselor, Mr. Milton (future 7th grade) or Mrs. Tobias (future 8th grade) at Centerville Middle School first by email, or if needed by calling 717-898- 5578.

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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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  • Continuity of Education Update: Grading Guidance

    Posted by Kimberly Snyder on 4/15/2020 2:30:00 PM

    At the Tuesday, April 14 School Board meeting, district administrators presented a Continuity of Education update specific to grading, assessment, and reporting. This guidance is for specific to the district’s virtual Planned Instruction period, which runs through the end of the school year. 

    The presentation also includes time estimate recommendations that teachers will implement for online learning in core classes and special areas/explanatories. These time estimates include both online and offline work to minimize screen time for students, when possible. See the PDF of this Power Point presentation here.

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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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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.