Guidance

Sholandra Griggs
Guidance Director
Jacqueline Dixon
Counselor
Ms. Schauben, Social Worker Ms. Moll, Psychologist

GUIDANCE PROGRAM
Guidance counselors assist with student scheduling and class changes, conflict resolution, progress reports, and academic concerns. In addition, they also handle transcripts, testing, special program placements, and tutoring needs.

Margate Middle School’s guidance counselors are here to help each student succeed. The counselors are dedicated to guide each student toward academic success and a bright future by helping them develop leadership skills. Students need to submit a “Guidance Request Form” to the Guidance Office if there is a concern that needs attention.

The mission is to implement a proactive guidance program that fosters academic achievement, career awareness, personal growth, and positive self-image for all students within a safe and secure learning environment.

Counseling is as crucial to education as the classroom experience. Counselors work hard to provide students with the timely and proactive assistance they need to cope with the inevitable changes and problems of their normal adolescent development. The primary goal will always be to facilitate personal growth, in terms of helping each student get through the various “growing pains” and problems associated with educational, personal, and/or career development.

Recognizing that all students pass through specific developmental stages as they mature, the guidance department plans annually a comprehensive guidance program. It fully supports and complements the District’s Annual Guidance Plan in helping students to achieve the following eight important goals:

1. Understanding the School Environment
2. Understanding Self and Others
3. Understanding Attitudes and Behaviors
4. Decision-Making and Problem-solving Skills
5. Interpersonal and Communication Skills
6. School Success Skills
7. Career Development and Educational Planning
8. Community Pride and Involvement

Further, the Guidance Program is designed to serve students, parents, faculty, and administration in the following ways:
* Orientation and Registration
* Educational Planning and Class Selection
* Individual and Small Group Counseling
* Interdisciplinary Teaching via Classroom Guidance
* Crisis Intervention
* Parent/Student/Staff Conferences
* Peer Counseling and Facilitation Program
* Personal, Social, and Vocational Counseling
* Student Records

All grade level guidance counselors are members of Margate Intervention Team (MIT), previously known as the Child Study Team. Individual student needs
are addressed through a collaboratively problem-solving process. The team focuses on selecting research-based interventions proven to work with a
particular problem, taking into account a student’s profile, trends, student plans previously in place, performance data, strengths and weaknesses,
research- based instruction, and student interaction. Please contact us at 754-322-3830.

FREE COUNSELING
The Deerfield Beach High School Family Counseling Center has appointments available day and evenings with licensed therapists for your child and family.  All services are free and confidential.

We can help your child overcome academic, social, and emotional barriers to school success.   Call (754) 322-0731 to schedule an appointment.

Terry S. Lee, Licensed Mental Health Counselor
Deerfield Beach High School  754-322-0766

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MIDDLE SCHOOL CIVICS
The State Board of Education adopted new K-12 Social Studies Standards in 2008 called the Next Generation Sunshine State Standards (NGSSS).  These standards, which must be implemented beginning in the 2012-2013 school year, are aligned with the instructional materials adoption and implementation of new K-12 social studies textbooks. In 2010, the State Legislature passed the Justice Sandra Day O’Connor Civics Education Act: HB 105 which has been written into the 2011 Florida Statute Title XLVIII Education Code. The Statute can be found at www.myflorida.com.  This law requires middle school students to take a Civics course and earn a passing score on an end-of -course Civics exam.  Beginning in 2012-2013 a yearlong Civics course will replace the current Geography course.  Geography standards are embedded within the Civics course as well as the other middle school social studies courses.  A field test will be administered to select middle schools throughout the state in 2012-2013 and beginning in 2013-2014, seventh grade students will be required to take a Civics end-of course exam that will count for 30% of their final grade. In 2014-2015, students will be required to earn a passing score on the exam in order to receive course credit and be promoted to high school.

For further information, contact Dr. Louise Ball, Social Studies Supervisor at (754) 321-1873.