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Middle School Guidance


As School Counselors, we are educators trained to address students’ academic, personal/social, and career development needs, just as other educators are trained in math, science, history, or English.  At KVMS, we have developed, implemented, and continue to evaluate and enhance our comprehensive school counseling program designed to meet the needs of ALL students. We serve as advocates for all students, while collaboratively working with parents, teachers, administrators, and stakeholders.

We are open to any comments, questions, or concerns you may have. Please feel free to contact any staff member.



Shelley Stonecipher Sally Siela Michelle Ploski-Fox
School Counselor School Counselor Administrative Assistant
A-K L-Z Guidance Dept.
219-987-8810 X3135 219-987-8810 X3134 219-987-8810 X3130


Services Offered

Individual Counseling
Short term counseling provided to students who may need help to overcome social and/or personal problems that interfere with learning. 

Group Counseling
An educational or support group for students who share a common concern and/or need.  Parent permission is required to participate in group counseling. 

Classroom Advisory
Lessons are provided weekly in the classroom on a variety of topics including prevention and intervention activities. These lessons teach all students the knowledge, attitudes and skills necessary for academic, career and social/emotional development.

Student Advocacy
Tasks that create an environment that encourages high achievement for all students. 

Activities to connect parents and families with resources in the community and consultation with parents and other staff to help meet the needs of students at home and in the classroom.


How Can a Student See a Counselor?
Student self-referral
Teacher, Staff, or Administrative referral
Parent referral

The rules of confidentiality for counselors are very different from those of teachers.  Confidentiality is important to maintain a trusting relationship with students.  Students are told that what they tell us is private unless someone is in danger.  Only then will counselors tell someone to make sure students are safe and healthy.  Information is never disclosed to other staff members, parents or students unless permission is granted.  If a student discloses information regarding the jeopardy of a student's safety or well-being, the student is informed that his/her parents or other adults must be notified.

KVMS Counselor Corner

Looking for something more? Take a look at the latest news and happenings within the KVMS Guidance Department at our Counselor Corner. There is a lot of valuable information posted here monthly so be sure to check it out!