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 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”)
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.
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
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.
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.
Lockers are assigned at random. An organized locker is one key to success in middle school. Students may choose to decorate the inside of their locker with shelving, dry erase boards, photos and more! It is important for students to keep combinations private.
Schedules are finalized for the school year over the summer. If students wish to change an elective or quarter-long class, they can email their counselor. While we consider all requests, changes may be limited due to course requirements, enrollment numbers, or offerings during specific time slots.
Each grade level is divided into three academic teams. Students rotate through the same group of core teachers including language arts, math, science, social studies, and wellness. Teachers have a common planning time daily that may be used for collaborative planning or parent conferences. Teaming provides a valuable opportunity to build healthy relationships among students, teachers, and parents at the middle school level.