Counselors are student advocates who support students throughout their middle school journey and help students prepare for high school.
Because everyone’s home and social life is different and often impacts learning, counselors are there to support students and their parents holistically, as they face personal, social, and academic challenges.
This section also covers information on testing, waivers, for students new to the district, course registration, course selection packets, district graduation requirements as well as services available to students and families.
See Your NMS Counselor for...
- Academic and career planning
- Questions about your schedule or transcript
- Harassment/bully issues
- Share good or bad news
- Help with grades or teachers
- Financial help (need supplies, help w/ fees, etc.)
- Help communicating family problems to teachers
- Drug or alcohol issues
- Help dealing with stress
- Summer school, tutoring, honors programs
- Help dealing with a loss or illness in the family
- Friendship issues/ Worried about a friend
- Struggles with family
- Neutral adult viewpoint
- Fill out an appointment slip (located in the office)
- Stop in before or after school
- Visit us at lunch or Titan Time
- Email us
- Come see us on your birthday (we have candy!)
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Hello Northshore families! My name is Kendra Lowe and I am excited to be a part of the Northshore Middle School Community. I have quickly discovered everyone at Northshore has high expectations for students and is dedicated to supporting students in their social/academic growth and success - I love it! Prior to working at Northshore, I have worked as the school counselor at Kenmore Elementary and in the Auburn School District as well. I also taught middle school math, science and reading for 8 years prior to having children. My educational background includes a Bachelor’s degree in Education from the Washington State University (Go COUGS!!!), and a Master’s degree in Education and Guidance Counseling from City University.
As a school counselor, I focus on assisting students in the development of their academic, personal, social/emotional, and career potential. At the middle school level, I believe it is critical that students develop the skills to advocate for themselves, navigate a variety of social situations, and build confidence as an individual. You will also find me diving into classroom guidance lessons, meeting with kids individually, in small groups, and partnering with staff and parents to support the development of our fine Northshore students.
Outside of school, I enjoy the outdoors, traveling, and spending quality time with my family and friends. I could not be more pleased to be living and working in a community that strives to help kids develop into kind and productive citizens!
What does confidentiality mean?
- When you come to see us anything you talk to us about is kept confidential.
- This means that BY LAW we cannot and do not share the information you give us to anyone.
What exceptions are there to confidentiality?
We will need to share information with another under the following circumstances:
- The counselor and student agree to share the information with another person.
- The counselor is concerned that the student may cause harm to self or others.
- The student informs the counselor of abuse, neglect, or other violation of the child protection act.
When should parents contact the School Counselor?
- When you need assistance with educational planning.
- Correct academic level placement
- Honors placement
- Extra support
- If you would like to discuss issues:
- If only 1 or 2 classes are affected, please contact teachers directly.
- If 3 or more classes are affected, contact counseling.
- If you or your student need financial assistance.
- Free/reduced lunch
- school supplies
- sports fees
- partial scholarship for field trips/events
- You know of difficulties at home that may interfere with student's learning such as death, divorce, change in living situation or finances.
- You need referrals for community resources.
- child/family counseling
- drug/alcohol counseling
- tutoring services
When should a parent contact the teacher?
Teachers work with students daily and know their individual needs so contact your child's teacher when you need information specific to their classrooms.
Often teachers have websites that may include:
- general information about classes they teach
- student progress reports
Email is an efficient and appropriate way to communicate with teachers
- List of Teachers Contact Information
- Email = email@example.com (EX. Mr. Bob Titan = firstname.lastname@example.org
- Researching local scholarship options
- Searching and comparing colleges
- Displaying scattergrams of historical college and admissions data
- Registering for college visits
- Requesting official transcripts
- Requesting letters of recommendation
- Applying to college using the Common Application
- Exploring personality types and matching them with career interests
- Researching careers
- Creating a resume