San Elijo Middle School

I am Responsible for Myself

Counseling Programs


Unplugged

     Unplugged Group discusses a wide variety of topics with the goal of supporting students so that they will be successful in school and in relationships with others. The program has been in our district (at all middle- and high- schools) for 12 years and is led by counselors from North County Family Counseling Specialists. Unplugged meets as a boys-only or girls-only group.
     The group meets weekly during rotating periods for 8 sessions--students miss a different class period each week.
     A permission slip signed by a parent is required for participation.
     Our next sessions begin the week of January 19.
 
 
Why Try

     Why Try lessons, led by Counselors and/or Counseling Interns, teach students resilience, motivation, inspiration, study skills, and how to advocate for themselves. Any student can benefit from this program, especially those who are working below their academic potential. This weekly group has a specific curriculum and meets during rotating periods.
      A permission slip signed by a parent is required for participation.
     Sessions begin in late January (one for grade 6 and one for grades 7-8).
 
 
Circle of Friends

     Circle of Friends is a Social Skills Program based on creating friendships between students with and without disabilities. Circle of Friends meets weekly (on Wednesdays) during lunches.
     An application and permission slip signed by a parent is required for participation. Applications are available in the Counseling Office or from Mrs. Dudley in Room 701.
     Students may join at any time throughout the year.
 
 
P.A.L.S. (Peaceful Action Leaders at SEMS)  
 
      P.A.L.S. (Peaceful Action Leaders at SEMS) student committee plans school-wide activities that promote a safe and positive school culture, including Peace Week and Random Acts of Kindness Week. Activities reinforce the “Let’s Get Real” bullying prevention lessons that Counselors present in History Classes throughout the year. The P.A.L.S. student committee reports to a P.A.L.S. committee comprised of parents and staff on a monthly basis.
     An application is required to participate. Students in all grades may apply.
 
 
R.I.S.E. Study Skills and Academic Habits Training

     R.I.S.E. (Responsibility, Independence, and Study Skills in Education) is an intervention program to assist students with study skills and academic habits training. Classes are offered for grade 6 and grades 7-8 and are staffed by SEMS teachers. 
      Students and parents must sign an application to enroll students in R.I.S.E. Applications are available in the Counseling Office.
     R.I.S.E. meets Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday during 0-period (7:10 - 7:57 a.m.) for six weeks. Attendance is taken.
     Session #3 will meet Tuesday, February 17 - Thursday, March 26.
 
 
P.R.I.D.E. Academic Support Program

     P.R.I.D.E. (Pupils Requiring Individualized Daily Education) is an after-school academic support program, taught by SEMS teachers. P.R.I.D.E. is an intervention program to assist students whose academic grades are C or lower. Classes are offered in Language Arts Support (grades 6-8), Math Support (grade 6), Math Support (grades 7-8), and Specialized Academic Instruction Support (grades 6-8).
      Students and parents must sign an application to enroll students in P.R.I.D.E. Applications are available in the Counseling Office.
     P.R.I.D.E. meets Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday during period 8 (2:22 - 3:11 p.m.). Attendance is taken.
     Classes began Monday, October 13 and are ongoing.
 
 
Homework Club

     Homework Club meets in the Library after school for one hour on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday. Closed Friday. Homework Club is a drop-in program; no permission slip is required.
  • Students can do homework or research quietly
  • Staff supervision only, no teacher assistance available
  • Students sign in and out
  • Limited seating: 40 students maximum