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.