Middle School Mental Wellness
Welcome to the Pace Academy Middle School! Middle School is an exciting time when children experience extraordinary growth and development, explore their interests and mature into young adolescents. There is no other time like it, so together, let’s enjoy the ride!
Programs and Services for Students
Character Education: Vital Signs
As part of character education in the Middle School, all students take the Mission Skills Assessment, a tool for measuring and assessing the non-cognitive attributes most important for success.
Each month, students focus on one "Vital Sign" to help reinforce strong character, healthy habits and a safe, positive learning environment. Vital Signs are applied and practiced during morning assembly, in advisory groups and in the classroom. Parents are informed of each month’s Vital Sign so they can continue the conversation at home.
Individual and Group Support
Our counselor meets with students individually or in small groups as needed to address personal, social or academic concerns. She also collaborates with outside providers and offers community referrals to students who need additional, specialized support.
Our counselor acts as a liaison between the school and outside providers so that the school can support work taking place off campus. Students can make counseling appointments, and deans, teachers and parents are encouraged to make referrals. In addition, our counselor collaborates with the Academic Resource Center to provide student support as needed.
Resources for Parents
In conjunction with the Pace Parenting Connection and Consulting Psychologist Dr. Mark Crawford, our counselor brings presentations on relevant mental health topics to campus. Event dates, locations and times are published on the Pace calendar.
Parent Book Club
Stay tuned to learn about the books we will be reading and discussing this year!
Our counselor acts as a resource, providing guidance to individual parents and families on an as-needed basis.
Additional resources for current Pace parents are available in the Pace LEAD and Parenting Connection sections of myPACE (login required).
Partnerships with Teachers
Our counselor is in constant contact with our teachers and is available to consult with individual teachers and students to address specific needs, in and outside of the classroom.
Our counselor provides professional development opportunities for faculty to ensure they support the children in their classrooms to the best of their abilities.
Pace Academy is committed to providing a safe and healthy learning environment. We believe the TxtAboutIt service, which provides a digital and anonymous means for those who need help to get help, enhances our ability to serve our students’ needs.
Students can make a report at any time and we will make every effort to respond as soon as possible. However, if you send a message after school hours or on a day when school is not in session, note that the school personnel you are contacting may not be able to respond until the next regular school day.
What is "TxtAboutIt"?
Today, thousands of students across the country use TxtAboutIt to anonymously report problems, incidents and concerns ranging from bullying and threats of violence to drug and alcohol abuse to depression, thoughts of suicide and more.
A preventative solution focused on bridging the communication gap between students and faculty, TxtAboutIt:
• Opens the channel and frequency of communications between students and faculty
• Provides students with a mechanism to reach out to adults and anonymously report concerns
• Builds positive connections between students and faculty members
• Resolves student problems in a safe, efficient and timely manner
• Reduces the stigma often associated with seeking assistance for problems
• Allow students to assist in creating and maintaining a healthy school environment
We believe that TxtAboutIt will provide you with an outlet to share struggles, frustrations and more in a safe environment. Please use this service if you need to talk.
Click here for a short video created by students who use TxtAboutIt.
Submit an anonymous message and start the conversation by clicking here or text us at 404-800-1097
If you are reporting an emergency, please notify your parents or another adult. For a medical emergency, please call 911 immediately.