Welcome to the North Carroll Middle School Counselor's Web page!
Students are welcome to visit with their counselor by appointment. Just stop by the school counseling office to fill out an appointment request.
Mrs. Oxen - Team 1, Team 5, and Team 6
Mrs. Valentine- Team 2, Team 3, and Team 4
Counselors provide a safe, comfortable and confidential environment in which students can discuss many topics regarding their personal and social problems, career goals as well as academic difficulties. Some topics may include, but are not limited to: peer relationships, stress, time management, goal-setting, academic planning, bullying, family changes or stressors, social skills, organization, career exploration and development of problem solving skills.
Small Group Counseling
Throughout the year groups are created based on needs' surveys, teacher referrals, family referrals, and student requests. These are the following groups that are typical in any given school year:
Social skills Grief
Friendships Changing families/Divorce
Peer Mentoring Organization/Study Skills
Throughout the year counselors will provide many classroom lessons that are geared specifically to the needs of the students and the school. Some examples of classroom lessons are:
Bullying and Harassment
Positive Peer Interactions
Counselors provide many academic interventions such as helping students with time management, assigning students to high school mentors, and creating appropriate schedules designed for the specific needs of students.
Counselors collaborate with administration and faculty to facilitate behavioral interventions for students in need of support in the areas of safety, respect, and responsibility.
Counselors work closely with staff, administration and parents to monitor the progress of students and to ensure that effective interventions are provided. Counselors attend weekly team meetings discussing student concerns related to academics, social/emotional, and school behaviors. Counselors are involved in the transition process with elementary feeder schools. We travel to the elementary schools and meet with the students as well as meet with the elementary counselors to place students appropriately for the 6th grade. Please feel free to contact Mrs. Valentine or Mrs. Oxen via phone or email, at any time, in order to schedule a conference.
The link below will provide information regarding the enrollment process for students as well as include answers to many frequently asked questions regarding the enrollment process.
New student visitations and tours can be scheduled over the summer by calling 410-751-3440 and the office will direct your call to set up an appointment.
New student enrollments are held in the summer.
Please call 410-751-3440 to schedule an appointment.
Counselors will also help transition transfer students into the school by providing them with a peer who will take an active role in easing the student into the new school environment. The peer will be on the student’s team, will provide a tour of the school, will escort the student to each of their classes and will ensure that the student feels properly welcomed to North Carroll Middle.
Counselors work closely with students to create class schedules that best match students’ academic abilities and interests. North Carroll Middle develops schedules that address individual student learning needs and skills.
"We must remember that intelligence is not enough. Intelligence plus character, that is the the goal of true education.~ Martin Luther King Jr.
The vision of character education at NCMS:
Our goal is to encourage character and promote unity among students, staff, and the community.
NCMS Hero Program.
This year we will be focusing on specific character traits related to Responsibility, Respect, and Resiliency. As students display examples of these traits teachers will acknowledge them and will be given a "hero" buck. At NCMS we have defined hero as a student who exhibits high standards of character such as kindness, respect, and responsibility.
Students have been randomly assigned to a hero group facilitated by a faculty member/hero teacher. Each group consists of members from each grade level. At the beginning of each month students will meet in their assigned HERO groups to engage in activities and lessons related to Respect, Responsibility, and Resiliency.
Please ask your child to share their hero time experiences and we hope to reinforce good character throughout NCMS!!! Thank you for your support.