Mrs. Terry Mawyer
|Mrs. Amy Scott |
Mr. Damien White
Belmont Ridge middle School Counseling Philosophy Statement
The school counselors at Belmont Ridge Middle School believe:
- All students have the opportunity and potential to achieve academic success
- All students have the right to participate in the school counseling program regardless of their race, ethnicity, gender, physical abilities, sexual orientation, religious preferences or socioeconomic status
- All students will receive counseling services that are developmental and abilities based
- All students have access to a full-time counselor that is licensed by the Commonwealth of Virginia
- All students have the right to feel safe in their school environment
Belmont Ridge School Counselors are committed to the positive growth and development of our students. We provide programs to educate our students in academic development and peer relationships, as well as, recognize and eliminate barriers that impact and effect a student's ability to learn or function within the school environment.
The Belmont Ridge Middle School counseling program:
- Is staffed by counselors who advocate for equitable treatment for all students
- Is child centered, comprehensive, developmental, and preventative
- is designed in accordance with the standards of Loudoun County Public Schools, the commonwealth of Virginia and the American School Counselor Association National Model
- Is continually evaluated by data to determine the needs of the current population
All school counselors at Belmont Ridge Middle School will:
- Abide by the ethical codes and standards set forth by the Commonwealth of Virginia and the American School Counselor Association
- Participate in professional development activities to remain current and up to date on new and relevant practices as well as retaining licensed through the Commonwealth of Virginia
- Plan and execute the counseling program
- Serve as the student's advocate
- Respect individual student differences and counsel them accordingly
- Work with students, families, faculty, staff, administration, business partners, school clusters and the community when planning and implementing programs
Special Programs Counseling Groups at Belmont Ridge
Throughout the school year counselor's may run small groups based on the needs of the grade level. Groups that have been offered in the past are study skills, social skills (how to be a friend), girls groups, boys groups, anger management, and organization. Small groups are usually meet one time a week for 6 to 8 weeks. Parent permission is required for all groups. Classroom Lessons
Grade level counselors have the pleasure of visiting resource classes and leading discussions or teaching lessons on specific topics. Topics vary depending on the needs of the students. In all grades our students address bullying, harassment and cyberbullying. Seventh and eighth grades work with student on academic planning.
Based on a provision of the Virginia Standards of Accreditation, a middle school student who has taken a high school course while in sixth, seventh, or eighth grade (Algebra I, Geometry or a World Language) may elect to have the grade expunged from the high school records, and then, if desired, take the course again.
When a middle school student receives a grade of "F" in a high school credit bearing course, that grade and course will automatically be expunged.
The student's grade point average and class standing will not include the grade from the expunged course, nor will the student receive a credit toward graduation for this course. This course will not appear on the high school transcript. Only credits which appear on the high school transcript will count toward a high school diploma. Please be advised that the decision to expunge the grade is irreversible and must be made prior to enrollment in high school.
If you wish to expunge a grade for a high school course taken in the middle school, please complete and return the expungment form to your child's guidance counselor at the school your child will attend for the 2014-2015 school year.
***The expungment forms will be mailed home with the 4th quarter report card.***