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                   Counseling Center

 
Welcome to the Holly Middle School Counseling Department:
The goal of the Holly Middle School counseling team is to promote academic success by working cooperatively with students, parents, teachers, staff, and the community.  We embrace the diversity of our students and advocate for equity, growth, and success for all students.


Counseling Center Staff
The HMS Counseling Department is comprised of 2 full-time counselors.  Mr. Mark Mattingly works with students whose last name begins with A – L and Mrs. Kristin Godoshian works with students whose last names begins with M – Z.  If you have any questions or concerns, parents are always welcome to contact us over the phone, email or schedule an appointment.   Parents are welcome to drop-in but appointments are strongly recommended so we can put 100% of our focus toward your concerns.

Students are welcome to visit their counselors before and after school, during passing time and lunch hours.  If the counselor is not available, students can complete a “Counselor  Request”  form, available in the counseling office, and the counselor will call the student to the office during the school day.

Each student is assigned a counselor based on last name. The 2014-15 counseling assignments are:

 
Student Last Name Counselor Contact information
A - L Mr. Mattingly    
mark.mattingly@has-k12.org
(248)328-3407
M - Z Mrs. Godoshian  
kristin.godoshian@has-k12.org
(248)328-3429

Homework Request Policy
The counseling secretary can assist in collecting homework when a student misses three or more days of school.  Please call Mrs. Reister at (248)328-3413 to request homework. 

 
 
 
Counseling Activities
5th Grade Parent Night March 30, 2017 at 7:00 pm
Informational night for upcoming 6th grade parents. We will be talking about the "life as a Middle Schooler." Below you will find the powerpoint presentation. If you have further questions please call your son/daughter's counselor.

Holly Middle School Welcome to 6th Grade Presentation
Career Day 2016
Career Day will be November 8, 2016
All students will be participating in this event. Students will choose three different career presenters to listen to. Students will sign up for those choices on the following days in their social studies classes.
8th Graders - Tuesday, November 1st
7th Graders - Wednesday, November 2nd
6th Graders - Thursday, November 3rd

Click here to see the list of career presenters
Understand Anxiety in your child seminar
Clarkston Area Youth Assistance will be hosting a free parent seminar on "Understanding Anxiety in your Child". They will have free child care if needed. It will be held Monday, October 17, 2016 from 6:30 to 8:00 pm. For more information and to RSVP for child care call CAYA: 248-623-4113.
New Student Breakfast
New students to the Holly District are welcome to come eat breakfast on September 23rd. Students will be sent an invitation to attend.
Freshman Parent Night -March 3, 2016
Current 8th graders and their parents are invited to the high school, for the Freshman Parent Night. It will be in the auditorium from 7pm to 8pm on March 3rd.
5th Grade to 6th Grade Scheduling
On February 3rd and 4th, the counselors will be traveling to the elementary buildings to talk to the 5th graders about middle school life and scheduling classes. The students will be given scheduling sheets to take home and discuss with parents. Students will return sheets to their teachers by February 12th. On Feburary 18th, Rose and Holly Elementary will be coming to HMS to visit, take a tour and sign up for classes. On Feburary 19th, Patterson and Davisburg Elementary will come to HMS.
6th Grade Educational Development Plan
On February 25th and 26th, 6th graders will be working on their EDP's with Laura Caldwell (District Career Facilitator) and Middle School Counselors.
7th Grade Educational Development Plan
On February 29th and March 1st, 7th graders will be working on their EDP's with Laura Caldwell(District Career Facilitator) and Middle School Counselors. They will be using career cruising to do an interest inventory, set career and life goals, and discovery learning styles.
8th Grade Educational Developmental Plans
On February 1st and 2nd, 8th graders will be working on their EDP's with Laura Caldwell (District Career Facilitator) and Middle School Counselors. They will be using career cruising to do an interest inventory, set career and life goals, and discovery learning styles.
7th to 8th Grade Scheduling
On January 27th the counselors will be presenting 8th grade scheduling information. Students will be given scheduling sheets to be completed and returned on February 5th to their social studies teachers. The students will go to the computer lab to put in their 8th grade scheduling requests on February 10th.
8th to 9th grade Grade Scheduling
On January 27th , Mrs Lusk, the high school counselor, will be presenting 9th grade scheduling information. She will show a PowerPoint of high school information that the students will find helpful in their high school transition. On February 9th, the high school counselors will join the middle school counselors to help the 8th graders work on their four year high school plan. These four your plans will be collected and then return to students and parents during the 9th grade parent night on March 3rd. Students will then put their classes into career cruising with the counselors on March 21st during their social studies classes.
6th Grade to 7th Grade Scheduling
On January 27th the counselors will be presenting 7th grade scheduling information. Students will be given scheduling sheets to be completed and returned on February 5th to their social studies teachers. The students will go to the computer lab to put in their 7th grade scheduling requests on February 11th.
Career Day - November 6, 2015
Career Day is scheduled for November 6, 2015. Baker College will be hosting the Career Day this year. They will have several speakers/careers that our students can visit. The students will have the opportunity to have an hands on approach during Career Day.
New Student Breakfast
On September 25, 2015 we invite all new students to our district to come eat breakfast with us. This is a way for us to get to know the new students, spend some time with them, and enjoy each others company while eating breakfast. We have over 70 new students to HMS this year!
8th Grade OTC Visit - May 28th
On May 28th, 2015, HMS will be taking the 8th graders to visit the Oakland Technical Center in Clarkston. This is a great opportunity for our students to see the various programs that OTC offers. Students will have the chance to take these classes during their high school years, typically 11th and 12th grade.

In order for all students to attend we will go in two groups. Students whose last names begin with A – L will be going from 11:45 am to 2:15 pm and student whose last names begin with M – Z will be going from 8:00 am to 10:45 am. Students will be given a tour of the various programs such as culinary arts, health sciences, transportation technology, visual imaging and several others.
Rob The Drummer - February 27th
Rob the Drummer will be presenting to our students on anti-bullying, anti-drugs, positive self-image and self-esteem.
Counseling Information
 Community Resources.pdf
Oakland Community Resources for you and your family
 homework handout.pdf
How to get organized for homework and schoolwork
 how to take good notes.pdf
How to take good notes
 Oakland County Truancy Program.pdf
Oakland County Truancy Program
 Parent and Caregiver Series.pdf
Parent and Caregiver Series sponsored by Brandon Township Public Library, Oakland Family Services and Brandon Groveland Youth Assistance on Setp 22, Oct 27 and Nov 10.
 remember what you've learned.pdf
Remember what you've learned
 standardized test help handout.pdf
Ways busy parents can help children succeed on standardized tests
 study more effectively.pdf
How to study more effectively
 study skills.pdf
Free Study Skills Group at Oakland University November 15, 2014
 test handout.pdf
How to do better on tests
Department Contacts
+ Godoshian, Kristin
+ Mattingly, Mark
Click on name to see details.

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