Guidance

  • We Are Here to Help Guide You Through....

    Pompano Beach Middle School Guidance Counselors:

     

    Mr. Grzechowiak

    Grade 6:  Grzechowiak, Eric

     

     

    Lisa Mills

    Grade 7:  Ms. L. Mills

     

    Preparation, preserverance, and productivity are the essential elements of success

    Grade 8 Counselor and Guidance Director:  Ms. G. Williams

    ESE Specialist:  Ms. N. Pitt

    Pompano Beach Middle School’s Guidance Service and Exceptional Student Education Departments are delighted to welcome our middle school students, faculty and staff, parents/guardians, and community supporters. 

    The Guidance Director, ESE Specialist, and Grade Level Guidance Counselors seek to embrace a vision of a harmonious school environment. Our major objective is to help lead students in a positive way, as well as to provide skills necessary to function successfully in a multicultural society.

    Personal/Social Counseling Helps Students:

    • Build and maintain relationships
    • Request adult assistance when needed
    • Resolve conflicts
    • Develop problem-solving skills
    • Demonstrate tolerance of others

    Academic Counseling Helps Students:

    • Use effective study skills and develop good study habits
    • Develop test taking strategies
    • Set educational goals and make appropriate educational choices
    • Understand how attitudes and behaviors affect academic achievement.

    Career Counseling Helps Students:

    • Learn decision-making skills
    • Establish effective work habits
    • Identify skills, interests, personality traits and values
    • Explore a variety of career goals

    Our Counselors Assist Students Through:

    • Developmental classroom guidance activities
    • Guidance groups to build academic skills and confidence as a learner
    • Individual conferences with students who require special assistanceConsultation and collaboration with school staff, parents and guardians,
    • District support services, mental health professionals and community agencies

    How does a student access guidance services from a professional school counselor?

    • Self-Referral
    • Administrative Referral
    • Parent or Guardian Referral
    • Teacher Referral
    • Referral by a friend

    Parent /Teacher Conferences

    Conferences can be scheduled by calling your student’s grade level secretary (754) 322-4200. Conferences are held on Wednesdays and Fridays at 2:05 pm or 2:30 pm. Each teacher will take turns informing you of your child's current performance, strengths, and weaknesses. Attendance of students at the conferences is recommended. In addition to attending a face to face conference, you may also communicate your concerns via e-mail, at the teacher's discretion.

    Interim Reports

    Interim Reports are issued to students four times a year. Interims are sent home at mid-term of every marking period and must be signed and returned to the school. Please check our school calendar for the dates the interims will be sent home. If your child's interim report is of concern, please schedule a parent-teacher conference in order to address the issue in a timely manner before the end of the marking period.

    Student Expectations

    In order to be successful, Pompano Beach Middle School students are expected to:

    • Treat others with respect & honesty.
    • Respect the rights of others.
    • Respect school property & the property of others.
    • Be prepared for class by bringing paper, pencil, pen, books, and other needed supplies.
    • Complete all class work and homework.
    • Act responsibly on campus, on buses, on field trips, and at all school-sponsored events, regardless of location.

    Absences

    In order to be successful, students must be in school everyday and on time. Once in school, students are expected to attend all classes and be punctual. For students who demonstrate patterns of non-attendance, interventions or disciplinary consequences may occur. In addition, possible referral to the state designated agency for possible court action for extended absence or truancy may occur.

    Patterns of nonattendance are established when 1) he or she has an accumulation of tardiness, early sign outs, and/or absences (excused and unexcused) that exceed 5 days in one marking period or 10 days in 2 marking periods or when 2) he or she is absent an unexcused 5 days in 30 calendar days or 10 days in 90 calendar days. Students may also establish a pattern of non-attendance when he or she has an accumulation of 15 unexcused absences within 90 calendar days, with or without a parent’s knowledge (habitual truant).

    Absences may be excused for the following reasons: a) student illness, b) illness of an immediate family member, c) death in the family, d) religious holidays, e) required court appearance or subpoenas, or f) scheduled doctor/dentist appointments. Any absence is unexcused until the school receives a telephone call or a note to excuse the absence. To have an absence excused, we request that the parent/guardian call the attendance line. The  attendance telephone number is (754) 322-4202. When you call, please provide the following information: date of absence, last and first name of child.  Please spell name carefully. If the parent/guardian is unable to call, a note must be sent to the attendance office which states the date(s) of the absence and the reason. Excessive absences will be handled on a case by case basis.

    Tardies

    To have a tardy excused, call the front office at (754) 322-4200 the morning of your child's late arrival. Tardies may be excused for the following reasons: a) student illness, b) illness of an immediate family member, c) death in the family, d) religious holidays, e) required court appearance or subpoenas, f) scheduled doctor/dentist appointments. Students must report to the front office first and then report to class. Instances of individual unexcused tardy will be issued a detention. Excessive tardies will be handled on a case by case basis.

    Make-Up Work

    Students have 2 class days to make up the work for each class day absent, not including the day of return. However, previously assigned work is due the day of return. These deadlines may be extended by the Administration for extenuating circumstances