Counseling Program

Alignment and Curriculum

6th
6th Grade guidance curriculum begins in each 5th grade classroom. 5th grade classes from our feeder schools (Ashley, Measer, Lapoint, ect.) come to UMS for a field-trip orientation. Administration and counselors travel to feeder schools for an orientation presentation for schools that are not able to travel. 5th grade classes that are able to make the trip are oriented and handed over to select students from our current 6th grade class take over. Students explore the school, learn how to open the lockers, and talk to current UMS 6th graders about transitioning to middle school. 
During the first few weeks of 6th grade, Counselors visit 6th grade classes to review orientation topics and to discuss the social and academic challenges of middle school. Topics include: bullying, crisis reporting, communication with peers and teachers, and academic success strategies. 6th grade teachers reinforce these topics, and introduce others, during extended CLASSY time each day.
Near the end of the year, Counselors return to classrooms to assess 6th grade student knowledge of counseling topics in order to improve future instruction. Topics are reviewed again to reinforce strategies and to prepare students for mentoring visiting 5th graders.

7th
7th grade guidance curriculum is heavily influenced by state Career and Technology Education standards and competencies. Counselors play a supportive role as they assist CTE teachers in covering Career Development Activities and in planning for local college tours and career activities (e.g. Reality Town, guest speakers, etc.).
Artifacts from 7th grade CTE and guidance activities are collected (via Utah Futures or other methods) by counseling staff or CTE teachers for use in 8th grade College and Career Readiness planning.

8th
College and Career Readiness is the focus of 8th grade guidance curriculum. Counselors visit classrooms to review high school graduation requirements, credits, and college/career planning. 8th grade guidance curriculum is vertically aligned to goals set by high school counselors, Utah "1,2,4 or More" initiatives and to prior knowledge and experience gained in 7th grade CTE  activities. 
8th grade students complete a rough-draft of a Four-Year-Plan for high school, and use that plan to preregister for 9th grade classes. The rough Four-Year-Plan, and the 9th grade preregistration form are review by each student's parent or guardian during an individual College and Career Readiness meeting with a UMS counselor.

Supports and Interventions

Academic
Teachers and counselors flag and encourage struggling students to take advantage of many academic supports. Students may choose to work with teachers during lunch and/or after school to improve learning and grades. Instruction is mastery-based; therefore, students have multiple opportunities to show competence and improve on past performance. Students that fail to take ownership of their learning, and do not make arrangements with teachers for additional help, are assigned opportunities by administration, faculty and/or counselors (e.g. Lunch Detention, In-School-Placement, etc.).

Social-Emotional

Guidance counselors are available for solution-focused, responsive services for students in crisis; however, it is not appropriate for counselors to provide long-term, individual counseling. Counselors must focus on group to school-wide needs; however, there are many programs and supports available to students and their families.
Students in need of consistent counseling services will benefit from our relationship with Northeastern Counseling Center. NCC staff are available weekly (through a grant) to serve individual student needs. Intake and assessment can be arranged through UMS Counseling department or NCC.
Split Mountain Youth Center also serves our school community with intervention programs for students and families. Programs are available at the school or youth center.
One of the most technologically savvy and immediately available services we offer is SafeUT. The SafeUT app and website coordinates with schools, law enforcement, and other local entities to provide support and interventions for students and families in crisis. Students and parents can report school issues like bullying, fighting, or vandalism; or, get immediate counseling through chat or voice call to assist with suicide, depression, or other issues. The SafeUT program is anonymous while still allowing students and parents to followup on tips and crisis intervention.

504 and IEP
UMS faculty and staff are committed to student success. Parents will be informed if staff believe that a student qualifies for 504 and IEP protection and services. These services are designed to assist students whom have a disability or other attributes that substantially limits performance. 504 services are appropriate for students that have qualifying disabilities which restrict access to standard curriculum. IEP services are appropriate for students that require modified or alternative curriculum. 
Student participation in these programs requires often lengthy cooperation between parents, school officials, and possibly health professionals. Unless treatment criteria is otherwise previously established, students will be required to participate in interventions (such as those mentioned in previous sections) for some time before being evaluated for services. Please contact a guidance counselor or administrator if you would like to discuss student needs. 


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