Ballston Spa Middle School Counseling Department
The vision of the Ballston Spa Middle School Counseling Program is for all students to achieve high levels of academic success and learning while fostering positive social-emotional growth. Providing opportunities for students to be able to meet the challenges of the global workforce, be college and career ready, self-sufficient, critical thinkers and able to problem solve independently. Students will learn how to achieve personal success and be self-motivated to become productive, responsible, compassionate contributing members in their community. School Counselors will encourage an atmosphere allowing students to attain his/her full potential. We will hold a vision that students will leave the middle school able to:
- Think creatively
- Identify and solve complex and meaningful problems
- Know their passions, strengths and challenges
- Communicate and work well with others
- Lead healthy lives
- Be ethical and caring citizens of a diverse world
Understanding the intellectual, social-emotional, and physical characteristic of the early adolescent can provide the foundation for a vision of learning and teaching in the middle grades. The risks young adolescents face as they navigate this phase of life can be considerable as they learn to make decisions and choices that will affect their health, education and who they will become.
Young adolescents are ready to be challenged to contribute in significant ways to society. With a growing awareness of the world beyond the family, students at this age need to see and feel the relevance of their work and its connection to the outside world. Each student brings unique gifts and experiences and a capacity for learning. It is the challenge of middle school staff to create a learning environment that will allow students to flourish.
Superintendents Conference Day - 1/2 Day - September 24
Virtual Meet the Teacher Night - September 28
Middle School Student Photos - October 6 & 7
Columbus Day - No School - October 11
Interim Reports - October 13
1st Quarter Ends - November 5
District Emergency Release Day November 10 - Car Riders will be dismissed at 2:00pm and bus riders/walkers will be dismissed at 2:10pm.
Veterans Day - No School - November 11
Asynchronous Day-November 12- Students will log into their first block class for attendance. They will then complete asynchronous work following their B day schedule. Teachers will review with students where to find their work for the day.
1st Quarter Report Cards Post - November 15
Modified Winter Sports Begin - November 22
Thanksgiving Break - No School - November 24 - 26
Caroline O'Connor firstname.lastname@example.org Ext. 4313
Evan Osborne email@example.com Ext. 4311
Bill McAleese firstname.lastname@example.org Ext. 4319
Christina Mendelsohn email@example.com Ext. 4312
Guidance Office Assistants
Dawn Micare firstname.lastname@example.org Ext. 4310
Susan Morrissey email@example.com Ext. 4301