Pacific Crest Middle School

Counseling

PCMS Counselors

Counseling Department Mission Statement

Through our school wide, comprehensive counseling program, each student at Pacific Crest Middle School, regardless of race, ethnicity, gender, language, ability, or socioeconomic status, will have access to academic, career, and personal/social development. All students will participate in opportunities to explore personal identity, foster healthy relationships, and engage in meaningful conversations that facilitate partnerships among school, family and community.

Counseling Department Vision

Our Pacific Crest Middle School students are empowered, creative thinkers and engaged members of society who will leave middle school with the vital tools necessary for college and career readiness in the 21st century. As successful lifelong learners and thriving citizens, our students will achieve their fullest potential, creating a positive impact in our school and community.

Prospective Families

For enrollment information, please contact our Registrar at 541-355-7850.

You can also use our new district online enrollment option by clicking this link: online enrollment

*the online enrollment option is only for families who are new to Bend-La Pine schools*

Meet Our Counselors!

Andy Krauthoefer is the counselor for students with last names A-K.
To learn more about Andy, please click here.

Ashlee Davis is the counselor for students with last names L-Z.
To learn more about Ashlee, please click here.

Connie Baty is the Student Success Coach.
To learn more about Connie, please click here.

Why Middle School Counselors?

Middle school students are characterized by rapid physical growth, curiosity about their world and an emerging self-identity. Middle school counselors enhance the learning process and promote academic achievement. School counseling programs are essential for students to achieve optimal personal growth, acquire positive social skills and values, set appropriate career goals and realize their full academic potential.

Services We Provide:

FOR STUDENTS: Students may see the counselor for small group and individual counseling to assist with a variety of concerns and problems, including:

* Friendship

* Problem Solving

* Academic Improvement

* Divorce/Family Change

* Grief and Loss

* Self-Esteem/Body Image

FOR PARENTS: Parents are free to call or email the counseling office at any time for a meeting if you have academic, social, or personal concerns about your child. The counseling office will help to arrange small group or individual counseling, as well as outside referrals for intervention.

Making An Appointment

Parents or students may make appointments.

Students can see the counselor in any of the following ways:

* Self-referral

* Request of the counselor

* Parent referral

* Administrative referral

* Teacher or staff referral

* Referral by friend(s)

Students should stop by the Counseling Office to sign up for an appointment. Students can also sign up via QR Code (posted below):

Parents may call or email to set up an appointment.

Social and Emotional Lessons

The Middle School Counseling Program is designed to address the academic and developmental needs of all students through classroom guidance lessons. These lessons include the following topics:

  • Organization Skills
  • Understanding Self and Others
  • Coping Strategies
  • Peer Relationships and Effective Social Skills
  • Communication and Problem Solving
  • College and Career Awareness
  • Multiculturalism and Diversity
  • Anxiety/Depression/Suicide
  • Grade Level Transitions
  • Mindfulness

Over the course of the year, students will receive lessons from our counseling team, covering a variety topics, split into six week sessions. Within each session, each grade will focus on that topic from a different lens. 6th grade will focus on Community, 7th Grade will focus on Relationships, and 8th Grade will focus on Identity Development.

Parent Survey

At Pacific Crest Middle School, we believe that parents play a critical role in each child’s educational experience. You know the strengths and interests of your child best and we would like to use this information to create an experience at Pacific Crest that is engaging and thoughtful. Please use this QR code or click the link to take the survey. Your responses will be received by your child’s counselor. Thank you! http://bit.ly/2w4yt69


Parent Nights and Coffee with the Counselors

Stay tuned for upcoming Parent Nights that will be held at Pacific Crest. Parent Nights and Coffee with the Counselors are meant to be a time to connect with the school counselors to discuss important topics facing adolescents. We will focus on a variety of topics including social media, anxiety, and child development.

Current Articles and Books:

  • What’s Best for Kids? For tips for parents, click here
  • Eight Ways to Help Your Teen Get More Sleep | click here to find out more


Making Grateful Kids: A Scientific Approach to Help Youth Thrive

Jeffrey Froh, Giacomo Bono

The authors introduce their most compelling research, announce groundbreaking findings, and share real-life stories to show parents, teachers, mentors, and kids how to achieve greater life satisfaction through gratitude. They offer many simple strategies for building habits of gratitude into day-to-day life and provide compelling evidence for its importance.

Managing Transitions: Making Sense of Life’s Changes

William Bridges

The author spent his life working to understand changes. Whether you are going through the birth of a new baby, a move, a job change, or the death of a loved one, this book explains in simple terms how any person can understand the emotions they are undergoing, help ease the transition, and launch a new life.

Brainstorm: The Power and Purpose of the Teenage Brain: An Inside-Out Guide to the Emerging Adolescent Mind, Ages 12-24

Daniel J. Siegel

Written by a leading expert in brain science, this book sheds light on the often misunderstood yet critical time in children’s lives when they straddle childhood and adulthood but don’t fit squarely in either phase. Siegel characterizes the teen years as the most powerful life phase for activating courage, purpose, and creativity. He creates empathy for the teenage experience and helps parents understand how to work with and support their teenagers.

The Whole-Brain Child: 12 Revolutionary Strategies to Nurture Your Child’s Developing Mind

Daniel J. Siegel

This book simplifies brain science to assist parents in teaching children about how their mind works and how they can practice emotional awareness and self-management.

FAN Advocate

Jenn Reuter is the FAN advocate for the school. If your family is in need of assistance with school supplies, clothes, food or other necessities, please contact her via email.

Families In Need Website


Mental Health Resources

Deschutes County - Department of Health offers resources for those needing mental health support:

Other Resources:



Office Hours

Monday to Friday
7 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Contact Us

Counseling Office:
541-355-7850
Colleen Prinster
Student Registrar / Counseling Secretary
Email

Counselors:
Andy Krauthoefer
Email

Ashlee Davis
Email

Connie Baty
Email