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.

Ms. Lerner's Training Dates 

- September 27th- Mental Health Advisory Council Meeting- 8:30-10:00

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 24—Section 504/EdPlan Training

            August 29—Homeless/McKinney-Vento Act Training

August 30—Stay Sharp Drug Awareness and Prevention—8th grade


September Character Focus—Responsibility/Suicide Prevention

            September 5—State School Counselor Collaborative Meeting—Columbia State CC

            September 11—Centerstone TLC Connect Training

            September 12—Progress Reports Issued

            September 12—“Making the Most of Middle School”—5th grade

            September 12-15—8th grade classroom guidance—“How to be Successful in                8th Grade  And Beyond”

            September 13—Middle School Counselor Collaborative Meeting

            September 13—Faculty Presentation—New state school counseling model

            September 18-22—Cowboy Up Suicide Prevention—7th grade

            September 20—Faculty Sexual Abuse Prevention Training w/ A Kid’s Place

            September 27—Mental Health Advisory Countil Meeting

            September 28—Cowboy Up T Shirt Day

            September 29—End 1st 9 weeks

October Character Focus—Courage—Bullying Prevention

            October 2-6—Fall Break

            October 11-12—Bullying Presentation and StopIt App rollout—all grades

            October 16—Report Cards Issued

            October 16-20— –8th grade

            October 26—FAFSA Frenzy Day—MPHS


November Character Focus—Citizenship/Gratitude

            November 7—Progress Reports Issued

            November 8—Martin Methodist College Field Trip—7th grade

            November 13-17—School Psychologist Week

            November 14—Parent Conferences

            November 20-24—Thanksgiving Break

            November 27-30—Be In Charge Teen Pregnancy Prevention Program—8th grade

            November 29—Middle School Counselor Collaborative Meeting


December Character Focus—Caring/Compassion/Empathy

            December 1—Be In Charge Teen Pregnancy Prevention Program—8th grade

            December 15—End 2nd 9 weeks

January Character Focus—Fairness/Tolerance

            January 2—Mental Health Summit—Spring Hill Middle School

            January 8—Report Cards Issued

            January 17, 24, 31—5th grade Erin’s Law/Sexual Abuse Prevention

            January 23—School Counseling Advisory Council Meeting

            January 30-6th grade Erin’s Law/Sexual Abuse Prevention


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

            February 5-9—School Counseling Week

            February 6—Progress Reports Issued

            February 7—Middle School Counselor Collaborative Meeting

            February 23- Theatre visit from High School

    February 27- Visual Art/Band visits from High School

March Character Focus—Honesty
            March 7- Construction/Agriculture visits from High School

    March 8- Family Consumer Science/Health Science visits from High School

    March 9- Business visit from High School

    March 13- Mechatronics visit from the High School

            March 12—Professional Development Day

    March 13- 8th Grade Advertisement Night 

            March 15 & 23—7th and 8th grade Erin’s Law/Sexual Abuse Prevention

            March 16—Report Cards Issued

    March 21- Martin Methodist College Field Trip for 8th Grade 

            March 29—MCPS Mental Health Advisory Council Meeting


April Character Focus—Perseverance (Abuse Prevention Month)

    April 2-6- Spring Break

            April 10—School Counseling Advisory Council Meeting

            April 17—Progress Reports Issued

      April 24- Parent Teacher Conferences 

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 Markkus Marshall. 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