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Contact:  Molly Hudgens  615-746-8852  Email
  Matthew Shuff  615-746-8852  Email


Sycamore Middle School Counseling Department



The School counselors at Sycamore Middle School believe:

  • All students can achieve and meet high standards that will result in college and career success.
  • Student developmental needs can be best met by implementing a comprehensive school counseling program.
  • School counselors must lead by example, advocate for students, and collaborate with fellow educators to create high academic rigor and allow each student opportunities for self-directed growth and learning
  • The SMS school counseling program is best planned, managed, delivered and evaluated by licensed professional school counselors in an effort to maximize student achievement.
  • Student data must be analyzed and translated into goals that guide and promote student achievement.
  • SMS school counselors will make decisions based on the highest ethical principles as adopted by the American School Counselor Association's Ethical Standards for School Counselors in order to promote the maximum development of each student.


The Sycamore Middle School's Comprehensive School Counseling Program will provide support for all students by promoting and facilitating their academic, personal/social and career development as the students prepare for high school, college, and careers.



As the result of the implementation of Sycamore Middle School's Comprehensive School Counseling Program, all students will be academically prepared, well-adjusted members of society, lifelong learners, and productive citizens.


Glossary of Services

Consultation: Helping children develop to their fullest potential is best accomplished when people work together.  For this reason, the counselor consults with teachers and parents to plan appropriate services for every child.

Group Counseling: In some instances, students help each other by working in small groups with leadership from a counselor.

Classroom Guidance: The school counselor meets with classes to help students learn specific information about themselves and their development.  Lessons are focused on a student needs assessment given at the beginning of each school year.

Individual Counseling: The school counselor provides individual sessions for students to assist with a variety of educational and personal concerns.


The Benefits of the SMS School Counseling Program

  • Students will acquire the attitudes, knowledge, and skills that contribute to effective learning in school and across their life span.
  • Students will complete school with the academic preparation essential to choose from a wide range of substantial post-secondary options, including college.
  • Students will understand the relationship of academics to the world of work, and to life at home and in the community.
  • Students will acquire the skills to investigate the world of work in relation to knowledge of self and to make informed career decisions.
  • Students will understand the relationship between personal qualities, education and training, and the world of work.
  • Students will acquire the attitudes, knowledge, and interpersonal skills to help them understand and respect self and others.
  • Students will make decisions, set goals, and take the necessary action to achieve goals.  
  • Students will understand safety and survival skills.