Middle School Guidance 
Phone: 516-992-7670

Ms. Verdel A. Jones
Director of Guidance and Support Services
Phone: 516-992-7485
Email: verdel.jones@plainedgeschools.org

Middle school is an exciting, yet challenging time for students and their parents. During this passage from childhood to adolescence, middle school students are characterized by a need to explore a variety of interests, connecting their learning in the classroom to its practical application in life and work. Students search for their own unique identity and begin turning more frequently to peers rather than parents for ideas and affirmation. There is a heavy reliance on friends to provide comfort, understanding and approval.

Through a comprehensive developmental school counseling program, counselors work as a team with school staff, parents and the community. The counselors create a caring, supportive climate and atmosphere whereby young adolescents can achieve academic success. 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 full academic potential. The goal of our program is to help our students become productive, contributing members of the world community.

Counseling Services

Educational Assistance

  • Academic placements
    • Course Selection
    • Intervention services and accelerated classes
  • Study Skills
    • Organization
    • Time management
    • Tips for studying
  • Transition services
    • Intermediate school to middle school
    • Middle school to high school
  • Peer Services
    • Tutoring
    • Conflict resolution

Personal Counseling

  • Interpersonal issues
  • Peer relations 
  • Crisis counseling 
  • Family support