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  1. Hi!

    I would like to receive a copy of your docx version of the Check In/Check Out sheet. Thanks!

  2. Thanks Nikki! Check your email.

  3. Can you please send me the newsletter template? My position is at an elementary campus, but I LOVE your format. If you think I will need anything else, please send it to me. SSSOOO much to think about as a school counselor.
    Thank you,

  4. Hi there! I came across your blog doing a Pinterest search and I just love it. I'm not a School Counselor but I'm a counselor in a school (does that even make sense?). I work for an agency that received a grant in order to provide social-emotion support to students at a PK-8 school. The principal has a very clear idea on how he'd like to utilize my services - prevention work through classroom guidance and classroom meetings. I completely agree and I LOVED going into classrooms the last 2 months of the school year (that is when I was hired). I'm starting a fresh school year and have been asked to put together a full schedule for the school year. I thought this would be easy, but I'm stuck on where to start! I'm not a certified school counselor so I didn't go through any training and I'm doing a lot of research to learn more about ASCA standards which I think I have a good handle on. However, how do you know what topics to start with? The principal isn't too clear on where he wants to start other than a large focus on the middle school grades. How do you decide what lessons to start with? Any help would be great. Thank you so much!

    1. Hi,

      I'd love to talk to you more about this. Please email me at and I can send you some info that may help.

      Thanks for visiting my blog!

  5. Hi Carol,
    I enjoyed reading the things you have posted. I have my Counselor's certification in pre-k through 12th. I am currently at a high school for the past 2 years. I am interested in middle school counseling. If you get some free time, could you please email me some information on being a new middle school counselor. My email address is Thank you!

  6. Hi Carol,
    Great website! You really have some terrific stuff on here and I really enjoyed looking through all of your posts and links.
    I would really love a PDF of the Kindness Project, if you wouldn't mind sending it to me at
    Thank you so much!

  7. Your newsletters look great! What program do you use to create them?

  8. I nominated you for a Liebster Award! Check out my blog post here:

    The rules are:

    1. Link back to the blog that nominated you.
    2. Nominate 5-11 blogs with fewer than 200 followers.
    3. Answer the questions posted for you by your nominator.
    4. Create 11 questions for your nominees.
    5. Contact your nominees and let them know you nominated them.

    Here are your questions nominee:

    1. What are your favorite blogs?
    2. Why did you start blogging?
    3. Share 3 things about yourself that most of your followers wouldn't know.
    4. What is your favorite thing about your job?
    5. What would you be doing if you weren't in the School Counseling field?
    6. What do you do for self care?
    7. What are your top 5 tech tools?
    8. What books are you currently reading?
    9. What's your guilty pleasure TVshow?
    10. What is your favorite quote?
    11. If you could live any where in the world where would it be?

    Congrats nominee!

  9. Can you please send me your newsletter template?
    Also, if you have any resources for great guidance counseling lessons at the that I could apply at the 5th and 6th grade level, I would greatly appreciate it.

  10. Hi Carol,

    I love you stuff and thanks for sharing! I will be starting a position as a middle school counselor this fall. I was wondering if you could send me a copy of your weekly and monthly schedules that I can edit and anything else you may see helpful. Thanks so much!

    All the best,


  11. Good Morning,

    My name is Connie West and I am proud to announce that I have just obtained my first school counselor contract. I am very excited. I will be starting out with 7th grade. I have done work in elementary schools, but I do not have too much knowledge and information with middle school. Do you have any information that you would offer for someone going into their first year. I am unsure as to what materials I will need and lessons that would be best for middle school. Any information that you would be able to provide would be greatly appreciated.

    I have also requested to be a part of the middle school page.

    Connie West

  12. Hello Carol!
    Thank you for sharing all this great info! I am about to start my first year as the only school counselor at a middle school in Michigan. When convenient, could you send me some ideas/tips for how to start the school year? Also, I would love to know the x's and o's of creating a Newsletter, and curriculum for 7th and 8th grade Classroom Guidance lessons. In addition, I am wondering how you document individual student meetings? Thanks in advance for your help!!!

  13. looking for informational brochures or something for my information center for parents and students...however I am finding that brochures are expensive...any other ideas?

  14. Just want to say THANK YOU for sharing your blog . I am a NEW Middle School Counselor
    ( starting tomorrow) and your resources, tips, and advice have truly helped . Thanks :)

  15. Hi Carol!

    Could you please share your newsletter template with me? It looks great!

    Thanks so much!

  16. Hi Carol!

    I work at the Antigo Middle School and we are in the process of moving to tier 2 next year for PBIS. We are looking to add CICO and any other interventions being used at this level and would love any information, resources, and advice you have. I have viewed your pdf for academic CICO but was wondering if you used a different form for behavior.

    My email is

    Thanks for all you do!
    -Paige Waukau
    Antigo Middle School

  17. I want to share news of a new fiction book offering humor and tips on many social issues including cliques, bullying, self bullying, friendship, stress and more. I hope that you enjoy and share.

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  19. Hi there,
    Would love a copy of your 504 at a glance sheet if possible?
    Thank you!

  20. I would love a copy of your 504 at a glance sheet if possible? Please email to

  21. I teach Career Explorations at the middle school level. I would love to have the I Have A Plan & College Prep Bingo templates to use in my classes. Could you please email those to

  22. Do you have any great first of the year guidance lessons for 6th grade? I'm coming from elementary so it's a little bit of a transition for me as well :) If you have any resources or lessons for beginning of the year I would gladly appreciate it.

  23. The link to the Big Rocks Video says it's restricted

  24. I would love to have a copy of the templates for this learning activity. I would appreciate it so much.

  25. I am currently doing a unit on Empathy with 6th graders. Do you have any suggestions for activities to do with them? We have already done Kindness Cards and the "Pass it on" Challenge. Thanks!

  26. Hi Carol. I want ask something. Have you a documentation forms about behavior? And have you a documentation forms for counselor in school? Thanks.

  27. Hi Carol - Middle School Counselor,

    In middle school the fear of losing old friends has confined students to one cliche. However, shouldn’t making new friends mean not losing the old ones? Girl Scout always sing the song ’’Make New Friends’’ around the campfire. Even though girl scouts sing this song, middle schoolers, still hard to make friends at Girl Scout meetings.

    I know this first hand, because I am a middle school Girl Scout. For my Diplomat Award, I have to complete a project that addresses a friendship issue. One of the suggested project ideas includes writing a friendship advice column in partnership with an adult. Partnering with you to write a couple articles for your blog would help me reach goal. Additionally, I have insight into friendship issues in middle school and you have the experience to help me navigate these issues for other middle schoolers.

    More importantly, I am interested in contributing to your blog as a way to get experience in preparation for a career in journalism. As a straight A student, I received the Present’s Education Award at my 8th graduation earlier this month.

    Thanks for your time and consideration. I look forward to hearing from you.



  28. Thank you so much Carol for sharing all your knowledge and resources. After 20 years as a counselor with pregnant teens I am now working 3 days a week at a middle school. I am in awe of your energy and ability to create such awesome presentations and materials. How do you find the time to do it all? Please tell me your secret.

  29. Hi! I just love reading your posts and finding you on Pinterest. I have been searching for a lesson for my 5th graders with no luck. Red ribbon week is approaching and I would love to teach a lesson on making positive choices, just in life in general. I want to use a clip from Alice in Wonderland where she can't decide which way to go. I taught a peer pressure lesson in 4th grade so I would like to touch on that again, but include making positive choices in everyday life. Any ideas or help would be much appreciated!!!

  30. Hello! I am a 6th-8th School Counselor and new to the school. I came from a very small school where I dealt with all grades (EC-12) so this is much different than i am use to. I would love any advice you could give me. I would love to start the lunch bunch program or Coffee with the Counselor but not sure where to even start or how to select students. I would also love to start a newsletter but there again I have no idea where to start or what to even put in it.

  31. Carol... I SOOO LOVE your willingness to share & mentor through the WONDERFUL posts on your site. I noticed that you had a ASCA Leadership Book Study during the summer and though it is finished I would love access to view the articles as well as discussions. I am planning to complete this course and want an idea of what I am getting myself into before I decide WHEN I will tackle it. Thank you so much for ALL that you do and any consideration given to my request. It will come from


  32. Hello,
    I love the website. I am a new middle school counselor and have all my experience at the high school level. I have struggled a bit engaging my groups of boys and girls with exciting counseling ideas and activities. Do you have any suggestions or ideas to make the groups more stimulating and fun?
    Jonathan Bean


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