To Parents, Teachers, and Staff:
At James Weldon Johnson College Preparatory Middle School for the 2017-2018 School Year, we are happy to report that Dr. Bent and Mrs. Whitfield will be offering School Counseling to your students.
With our move from teams to departmentalization, our counselors work with parents to schedule conferences if more than one teacher is needed. We always encourage parents to contact their student's counselor when there are issues in the classroom as they often have the skills and information to assist and be the frontline advocate for your student.
Our configuration is as follows: Dr. Bent will be working directly with all 6th graders and 7th graders with the last name from A-J. Mrs. Whitfield will be working directly will all 8th graders and 7th graders with the last name from K-Z.
Any concerns and questions should be directed to their respective counselor.
Mission StatementIt is the mission of Duval County school counselors to deliver a multi-layered, comprehensive, and accountable guidance program in which equity, access, and academic success for ALL students is the focus.
Our comprehensive school counseling programs are designed to meet the needs of every student and include the following services:
Classroom guidance lessons help students understand themselves and others. Through classroom guidance, school counselors help students develop peer relationships; effective social, decision-making, and study skills; effective communications, conflict resolution,
and coping strategies; and more.
Individual student planning helps students set goals, establish academic and career plans, understand their own strengths and weaknesses, and prepare for the transition to the next stage of their life.
Responsive services assist students with particular needs such as adjusting to a new school, coping with grief following a crisis, and dealing with substance abuse or other risky behaviors. These services are provided through individual and small group counseling, peer facilitation and consultation, and referrals to professionals trained in mental health, welfare, and other specialties.
System support enhances school climate and relationships among members of the school community. School counselors coordinate parent outreach services, community support services, and consultations with other faculty and staff.