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Welsh Valley Middle School


Counseling Services

Lower Merion School District's mission is to provide access for all students to a comprehensive school guidance and counseling program which is research based, data driven, and reflects the individual developmental needs of our students. Our professional school counselors work in collaboration with families and other staff and community members. School counselors advocate for an environment that promotes diversity and equity and provide a continuum of services through a comprehensive school guidance and counseling program for all students in grades K through 12. School counselors implement programs for systemic change in our schools based upon the recommended competencies suggested for all students, with the goal of developing students into open-minded, tolerant, curious, resilient, and self-advocating individuals. Through exposure to the school guidance and counseling program, students will experience growth within the three domains of: academic achievement, personal/social development, and career awareness, as recommended by the American School Counselor Association.

The school counselors at Lower Merion School District believe:

  • All of our students have dignity, worth, and deserve mutual respect.
  • All of our students have access to the school counseling program.
  • All students K through 12 should have access to a full-time, state certified, master's-degree-level school counselor to deliver the school counseling curriculum.

Our comprehensive school counseling program at Lower Merion School District will:

  • Be based on specified goals and developmental student competencies for grades K through 12.
  • Be planned and coordinated by school counseling staff with input from other school, families, and community representatives.
  • Include a curriculum that considers the special needs and all ethnic, racial, sexual, and gender differences of our students.
  • Incorporate community resources.
  • Be evaluated and developed by using measurable data.
  • Actively involve counseling representatives to monitor students' outcomes and progress.

We will maintain a strong ethical foundation that protects our students and their families by:

  • Abiding by the professional school counseling code of ethics as advocated by the American School Counselor Association
  • Participating in professional development activities essential to maintain a quality school counseling program

The school counselors at Lower Merion School District envision that all students will become knowledgeable in a rapidly changing global community. As WVMS School Counselors, we are responsible for providing support services to all of our students, grades 6, 7, and 8. Welsh Valley counselors are assigned in sixth grade and continue to work with our students throughout his/her time at Welsh Valley. Below are the counselor assignments for the 2019-2020 school year.

Ms. Beth Cooke
6th Grade Counselor

Mr. Boris Oden
7th Grade Counselor

Mr. Josh Gansky
8th Grade Counselor

Ms. Lauren Ruth
School Counselor