Middle School Social and Emotional Support

Maximizing the Healthy Growth and Development of All Students as Learners

A Message From Your School Counselor

Dear Parents, Guardians, and Students, 

I want to start by acknowledging the fact that you are all out there trying to make the best of the situation we are in right now.  I have talked with lots of parents and students over the last few weeks and the successes and struggles you are experiencing are tremendous.  None of you signed up to be home-schooling parents or students (!) but you’re doing a great job of making it happen with whatever resources you have available to you.  Way to go!! We really appreciate all of you right now more than ever!

It is important that you know that I am still available to talk with students and parents and to assist in any way that I am able to.  There is often a misperception that the only students who talk with school counselors are the students with big mental or emotional issues.  The reality is that, on a daily basis, school counselors counsel and coach students through all kinds of things. Here are just a few examples:

  • Questions about their schedule

  • Questions about their grades or struggles they have understanding their assignments

  • Questions about how to work through personal relationships at home or school

  • Questions about how to work through stress or anxiety

  • Questions about  how to work through a conflict they are having

  • Questions about high school, or career and college information

  • Questions about food, housing or school supplies

  • To report an instance of bullying or hurtfulness they are experiencing or have observed

  • To report an instance of self harm or suicidal worries they have about their self or someone else.

As a school counselor, my mission is to:

Maximize the Healthy Growth and Development of All Students as Learners. 

Right now, perhaps more than ever before, we are ALL learners! 

Please reach out to me if you need assistance or coaching through this critical time.

I am currently working from home.  I check my email daily: slenahan@brps.org . Oftentimes, an email response may be all that you need, but I will gladly give you a phone call from my personal cell phone so we can properly talk things through.  If you have left a message on my work phone and have not received a response, please send me an email.