Our Counselors

Agnes Palej-Ramirez - 6th Grade

Corbin Roberts - 7th Grade

Alexandra Richardson - 8th Grade

 

Mission
As counselors, we create a safe place for students to seek support by providing individual, group and classroom guidance to all students in the academic, career, and personal/social domains to foster independence that will further their achievement in all areas.

 

School Counseling Department Updates 

Week of May 18th:

Parents and Students, if you would like to get in touch with a counselor, please fill out this form. We will get back with you within 24-48 hours to schedule an appointment. Please note that if there is a crisis or you need immediate assistance after 4pm, please contact the Colorado Crisis Services at 1-844-493-TALK or 1-844-493-8255 or go to the nearest Emergency Room. Please note that after May 21st, counselors will not be available to respond to any appointment requests or crisis, as the school will be on summer break. 

Tip of the week for Parents and Students: 

Social-Emotional:

  • The month of May marks Mental Health Awareness Month. If you are having any concerns about your own mental health or someone you know, this  Mental Health Screening tool is a great resource to explore.  Online screening tools are meant to be a quick snapshot of your mental health. If your results indicate you may be experiencing symptoms of a mental illness, consider sharing your results with someone. A mental health provider (such as a doctor or a therapist) can give you a full assessment and talk to you about options for how to feel better.

 

  • As we close out the school year and prepare for an unusual summer break, it is important to remember that we can always learn from new experiences and mistakes that we make, in school or out of school.  Having a growth mindset instead of a fixed mindset can help as we all learn a “new normal.”  For more information on what a growth mindset is and ways to use it at home, this Growth Mindset for parents website is a great resource to explore.  For students (and parents), this website will help explain the benefits of a growth mindset even further.

 

Aurora Hills Families we wish you a safe and happy summer and we look forward to seeing you all next school year!
Take care!
Your School Counseling Team

 

 

Counseling Services
Students:

Individual and Small Group School Counseling
Classroom Activities/Guidance Curriculum
Support in transitions

Parents:
Consultation and Collaboration
Resource Referrals

Academic Development
The counseling team helps support students in their academic development and success. As an International Baccalaureate (IB) School, students are to get experience in all eight subject areas of the IB Middle Years Program Curriculum each year:

Language and Literature (Literacy)

Mathematics

Sciences

Individual and Societies (Social Studies)

Language Acquisition (Spanish)

Arts (Music, Visual Arts)

Physical and Health Education

Design (Applied Technology)


Career/Postsecondary Development
The counseling team works with students on their postsecondary academic and career development. Each student begins their Individual Career and Academic Plan (ICAP) in 6th grade and continues developing their plan through high school. Below are the milestone tasks for each middle school student. The students use a computer program called Naviance to complete their ICAP work. To access Naviance go to www.connection.naviance.com/aurorahills. Each student has an account set up. Their username is their student ID number and their password is their 6-digit birthday (no slashes or dashes).

 Individual Career and Academic Plan (ICAP) Milestones
6th Grade

Complete Annual Post-Secondary and Workforce Readiness (PWR) Goal
Complete Learning Styles Inventory

7th Grade
Complete Annual Post-Secondary and Workforce Readiness (PWR) Goal
Complete Career Key

8th Grade
Complete Annual Post-Secondary and Workforce Readiness (PWR) Goal
Complete the Career Cluster Finder
Add Careers to My List
Complete the High School Readiness Survey

 

Personal and Social Development
The counseling team works with students on developing life skills that will help lead to success in current and future endeavors. Personal and social development of students happens in a number of ways
including: individual school counseling, small group school counseling, and guidance curriculum lessons.

Guidance Curriculum
All
sixth grade students participate in a guidance program called Signs of Suicide (SOS). This program is designed to increase a student’s awareness of the warning signs of suicide and depression and educate them on how to respond to these warning signs. This curriculum is designed as a two part lesson delivered during class time.

Please contact the counseling office for further information on community and outside resources for mental health services outside of school counseling.