School Counseling

School Counseling

Ms. Beth Lerner   931-379-1100 ext.5601

The Counselor at Mt. Pleasant Middle School of the Visual and Performing Arts believes:


· Each student has inherent worth.

· Collaboration with students, families, stakeholders, and community partners is crucial to meeting the needs of students.

· All students can succeed in overcoming barriers.

· All students have the right to be served by a comprehensive school counseling program.

· The comprehensive school counseling program will be evaluated using data to illustrate the impact the program has on student success while using the results for program improvement.

· The comprehensive school counseling program will be driven by academic, career, and personal/social standards of the State of Tennessee and the American School Counselor Association.

· The counselor should adhere to the ethical and professional standards as advocated by the American School Counselor Association.




The school counselor at Mt. Pleasant Middle School envisions a future where key student needs are met and supports are in place to foster development of well-rounded, informed, independent, and purpose-driven citizens who make a significant impact in their community.




The School Counselor at Mt. Pleasant Middle School of the Visual and Performing Arts strives to develop well-rounded citizens through the comprehensive school counseling program. The program will utilize research-based, data-driven interventions and programs to promote the MCPS Seven Keys to College and Career Readiness, and promote student success through programs and initiatives that encourage personal, social, emotional, and academic growth.

The Counselor:
-Will participate in professional development.

-Will adhere to the ethical and professional standards as advocated by the American School Counselor Association. 

- Stay knowledgeable of new tools and strategies that will maintain an effective comprehensive school counseling program.

Helping Kids During Crisis
Below are websites that provide guidance for discussing difficult topics.  Please do not hesitate to contact me if you need any assistance during this time.

From the American School Counselor Association
1) Try to keep routines as normal as possible.  Kids gain security from the predictability of routine, including attending school.
2) Limit exposure to television and the news.
3) Be honest with kids and share with them as much information as they are developmentally able to handle.
4) Listen to kids' fears and concerns
5) Reassure kids that the world is a good place to be, but that there are people who do bad things.
6) Parents and adults need to first deal with and assess their own responses to crisis and stress.
7) Rebuild and reaffirm attachments and relationships.


August Character Focus—Respect

August 1—First day of school—New Student registration

August 2—Counselor Boot Camp

August 29—Middle School Counselor Collaborative Meeting


September Character Focus—Responsibility/Suicide Awareness and Prevention

September 4—District MAP Professional Development

September 7—Progress Reports Issued

September 10—Counselor training in “Understanding Your Implicit Bias”

At Columbia State Community College

September 11—Parent Teacher Conferences

September 11-14—Cowboy Up Suicide Prevention—7th grade

September 13—Cowboy Up Dress Up Day

September 17-21—College Application and Exploration Week

September 18-19—“Life After High School”—7th and 8th grades

September 23-25—School Counselor and Administration Leadership Institute

September 26—MCPS Mental Health Fall Advisory Council


October Character Focus—Courage/Bullying Prevention

October 1-5—Fall Break

October 8—Faculty presentations—State School Counseling Model

October 9—OK2BU Rollout/Bullying Assemblies in Study Focus classes

October 15—Report Cards Issued


November Character Focus—Citizenship/Gratitude

November 8—Progress Reports Issued

November 12-16—School Psychologist Week

November 16—Professional Development

November 28—Middle School Counselor Collaborative Meeting


December Character Focus—Caring/Compassion/Empathy


January Character Focus—Fairness/Tolerance

January 7—Mental Health Summit--SHMS

January 9—Report Cards Issued


February Character Focus—Self-Control/Integrity/Black History Month

February 4-8—School Counselor Week

February 5—Progress Reports Issued/Parent Teacher Conferences

February 6—Middle School Counselor Collaborative Meeting


March Character Focus—Honesty

March 11—Professional Development

March 15—Report Cards Issued

March 20—MCPS Mental Health Spring Advisory Council Meeting


April Character Focus—Perseverance (Abuse Prevention Month)

April 10—Middle School Counselor Collaborative Meeting

April 16—Progress Reports Issued


May Character Focus—Self-Advocacy/Cooperation

May 21—Report Cards Issued


Parents can refer a student to the counselor using this FORM

Stop It app

Mt. Pleasant Middle School of the Visual & Performing Arts offers the STOP!T mobile app to our students to anonymously report bullying, cyberbullying, inappropriate conduct, harassment, academic dishonesty or any unsafe situation. The app also provides a way for students who are facing a personal crisis to reach out for help.

The STOP!T app is a simple and fast tool that empowers students to become upstanders and keep the culture of our school kind, safe and welcoming.

Through the app, students can send photos, videos, screen shots anonymously to our administration. We can have two-way communication with students and the only way personally identifiable information will be accessible is if a student voluntarily includes it within the content of a report or message.

If you have any questions about the STOP!T app, please contact Principal Tim Drinkwine Here are FAQ.

Financial Literacy Resources for Families

Suggested Web Sites

Maury County School Counseling and Mental Health
National PTA
Contains information about "Discussing Hate and Violence with Your Children." Kids About the News
Develop Strategies for discussing today's headlines with children. Learn how to calm their fears and stimulate their minds.

American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry
Talking to Children about Community Violence

Crisis Management Institute

National Child Traumatic Stress Network

FEMA for Kids