Student Services


Counseling Staff

The Creekside Middle School Counseling Department promotes the academic, social/emotional, and career development of all students.  The counseling program is preventive, proactive, and reactive.  The school counselors serve as advocates for the students while collaborating with parents, staff, students, and the community to assist students in reaching their full potential.  

Counseling Services: 
Counseling services are offered to all students both individually and in groups.  These services are designed to address the academic, social, emotional, and developmental needs of students.

Counselors coordinate a variety of special programs within their schools.  These may include registration, peer helper and conflict mediation programs, long-term educational program planning, and guiding students in their prospective career choices and other decision-making for the future.

An important part of the school counselor's role is consultation.  Counselors may consult with parents, faculty, other school staff, and community agencies in order to best meet the individual needs of all students.

Classroom & Small Group Guidance:
Counselors conduct a variety of group guidance lessons throughout the year in order to provide students with information relevant to their needs or concerns.  These lessons may include study skills, career exploration, decision-making skills, and future educational planning.


We offer group services led by a counselor/social worker discussing the following issues:

Grief and Bereavement


Girls group (friendship, self-esteem, “mean girls”)

Organization/Study Skills

Social Skills

Parent Resources

The middle school years can be a difficult transition time for both students and parents. The Parent Institute Library is a wonderful and free resource for Creekside parents to learn more about how to help their children through the many academic, social, and emotional transitions that come with early adolescence.


College Readiness


Learn More Indiana - Indiana's college and career connection.

21st Century Scholars - This program aims to assure that all Indiana families can afford a college education for their children.

KnowHow2Go - Middle Schoolers: College is closer than you think!

Bridges Choices Explorer

Learning Style Inventory - Research shows that people learn in different ways. While each of us uses all of our senses to gather information, some people use one sense more than others while learning. Students can be better learners when they understand their preference for visual (seeing), auditory (hearing), or tactile (touching) learning.



Program of Studies 2019-20

5th Grade Parent Night 2019 Presentation

6th Grade Graduation Plan

Indiana code requires that students develop an initial graduation plan during their sixth grade year.  This plan includes a statement of intent to graduate from high school as well as an acknowledgement of the importance of good citizenship, school attendance and diligent study habits. Awareness and commitment toward meeting graduation requirements are first steps in setting strong goals for the future.  

Please see the components of the “graduation promise” as well as a link to Core 40 graduation requirements below. This information is shared by counselors with all 6th grade students.

Graduation Promise:

I understand that education is key to my future and therefore commit to graduate from high school. I will also take the time to plan and prepare for life after high school by:

*being a responsible citizen and making good decisions;

*going to school and actively participating in my learning;

*studying hard and turning in my homework;

*pushing myself to complete Core 40 and considering going beyond it to complete an advanced

*diploma like Core 40 with Academic Honors or Core 40 with Technical Honors;

*exploring different careers and learning how college includes lots of options: two- and four-year degrees, certificates, apprenticeship programs, and the military; and

*asking for help when I need it.

Indiana Core 40 Graduation Requirements


Student Services Staff


Susan Schad
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Kristen Sprunger
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Carolyn Penn
Student Services Coordinator
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Nicole Wolfe
Student Services Coordinator
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Susan Kiley
School Psychologist
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Current 6th & 7th Graders


Current Creekside 6th and 7th grade students will schedule their classes for the 2019-2020 school year with Ms. Schad and Mrs. Sprunger during the school day on Monday January 28, Wednesday January 30, or Friday February 1. For Creekside scheduling questions, please contact Ms. Schad or Mrs. Sprunger.


Indiana Core 40 Requirements

Know How To Go

KnowHow2Go - Middle Schoolers: College is closer than you think!

Current 8th Graders

HS School Academic Transition

CHS 8th Grade Academic Transition Night

(for all 8th Grade students AND their parents)

January 14, 2019

5:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.

Schedule for the Evening:





1. Course selection information

5:00 - 6:00- 7:00

(choose one time to attend)

CHS Auditorium

Course options, grad requirements, etc.

2. International Baccalaureate


AP/AP Capstone  Information

6:00 & 7:00

(choose one time to attend)

Freshman Center Cafeteria

International Baccalaureate


AP/AP Capstone explanation

3. Special Education Services


6:00 & 7:00

(choose one time to attend)

Media Classroom

              1 & 2

Obtain information about Special Education  Services

4. Tours of Carmel High School



Meet in Auditorium Lobby

See what opportunities

          are awaiting you!

5. Enrollment information for

  any student transferring  

 from a private middle school

(in lieu of attending #1)


6:00 & 7:00

(choose one time to attend)


Freshman Center LGI H121-122

Enrollment Information,

course options, grad requirements, etc.

**Shuttle buses will leave from the east side of the stadium parking lot from 5:00- 8:00**


High School Transition Events

8th Grade Parent Coffees with CHS counselors – Q & A:  Choose the date that works for you!                                           

Thursday, January 24th – OR - Thursday, February 7th – each night begins @ 6:30 p.m.

CHS Freshman Center- Entrance 13

First floor Large Group Instruction Room H121-H122.

8th Grade Private School Enrollment @ CHS

Freshman Center Counseling appointments for private schools will be Feb. 14th  & Feb. 15th    Appointments for these enrollment meetings should be made at the Jan. 14th Private School session.

If unable to attend Academic Information Night, you may schedule an appointment.

AFTER Jan. 14th at 571-4621 or email .

“Frosh Rock” for 8th Graders & Parents - Thursday, April 11th, 2019 @ 7:00 p.m.

This is an introduction to student activities and career/college information in the CHS Auditorium.


High School Scheduling

Counselors from the high school will be at Creekside Tuesday February 5- Wednesday February 6. Current 8th grade students will meet with their counselor and create their schedule for the 2019-2020 school year during their meeting.

You can find the CHS Program of Studies booklet on-line at  - click on “Academics”, then on “PROGRAM OF STUDIES”

For questions about high school scheduling, please reach out to your student’s counselor at the high school using their contact information below.

CHS Freshman Center - Counselor Email Contacts (Phone: 317-571-4621)

Leslie Brown

Kate Barsten

Dave Schleper

Cary Schwartz

Carmel High School Student Services

Use this link to sign up and talk to their counselor or social worker.

Current 5th Graders

5th Grade Nights

5th Grade Nights at Creekside:

Towne Meadow, Tuesday January 15, 3:30-5:30 pm

College Wood, Wednesday February 20, 3:30-5:30pm

Please contact Randy Hartog for more information about these events




Creekside Counselors will visit each elementary school to speak with 5th grade students about scheduling their courses for 6th grade. Please check back for the dates of these visits.

5th Grade Parent Night:
Please check back for more information.

Spring Open House: Please check back for more information.