OUR COMMUNITIES, OUR BEST, THEN BETTER!
OUR COMMUNITIES, OUR BEST, THEN BETTER!

Mission Statement & Contact Info

  • Lightning!
    Welcome to the Counseling and Guidance Center!
    Our mission is to facilitate each student's academic, career and personal/social development through the delivery of comprehensive counseling and guidance activities predicated on the understanding that each student is a unique, developing, capable individual who learns from experiences and grows personally, socially and educationally throughout adolescence.  Respectful of individual differences, the program assists and supports students as they begin to understand themselves, develop decision-making and problem solving skills, and plan for the future.  In addition to disseminating necessary and important educational and career information, the counseling and guidance program seeks to promote each student's desire to maximize personal potential in preparation for high school and beyond. 

    • Counseling & Guidance Center Hours: 6:45am-2:15pm, Monday-Friday.
    • Scheduled appointments are encouraged as walk-in appointments may have wait times of 30 minutes or longer.
    • An appointment with your child's counselor can be scheduled through the main office by calling 253-683-6500 or by contacting your child's counselor directly.

     The counselors work collaboratively with students, parents and staff to build a positive school culture that promotes the values of stewardship, inquiry and life long learning. We look forward to hearing from you!


    Mr. Jimmy Gere
    School Counselor
    Students w/ Last Names A-K
    jgere@bethelsd.org
    253-683-6578
     
    Mrs. Beth Mercer
    School Counselor
    Students w/ Last Names L-Z
    253-683-6579
     
    We are here to serve: Please contact your child's counselor at anytime during the school year if you would like to schedule a staffing (parent-teacher conference) with your child's teachers.  A staffing is designed to be efficient in nature and generally runs 20-30 minutes.  The main goal(s) of a staffing is to address any concerns that hinder a student's academic, career and/or personal/social growth by identifying and implementing meaningful supports that result in optimal student success.  On occasion, a referral to the Guidance Team or Multi-Disciplinary Team maybe discussed for consideration under Section 504 and/or Special Education.  This is a team process that includes teachers, specialists, counselors, administrators, parents/guardians and the student as vital components.  We look forward to your involvement!  

    Mrs. Cheri Tanner
    Registrar - Records & Registration
    253-683-6584
    253-683-6598 fax

    Ms. Christina Smead
    School Psychologist
    253-683-6560

  • Highly Capable Referrals/Testing

    The window to refer a student for highly capable testing is open now through January 31st.

    Anyone may refer a student for testing for the highly capable program. Referrals can come from parents, teachers, school specialists, friends, family, community members, district staff, or even the student themselves.  Referral forms are completed online by using the link on our district website or directly with the following address: www.tinyurl.com/BSDHiCap

    NOTE:  If you do not have online access or experience difficulty in completing the online form, please contact the Assessment and Highly Capable Programs office at (253) 683-6952.

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  • 9th Grade Registration - Parent Information Night at GKHS:

    8th grade (incoming 9th grade, class of 2021) 

    When: Thursday, February 9th, 2017

    6:30pm-7:15pm Counselor Presentation in Auditorium

    7:15pm-8:00pm Curriculum Fair in Commons

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Counselors' Corner

  • Helpful Links 
     
    Harvest House - Food Pantry         
    Harvest House - Food Pantry: The primary emphasis is to ensure that no one in the community goes hungry by supplying a minimum three day supply of food while creating an environment that treats all visitors with outstanding dignity and respect. Liberty Middle School accesses resources by providing food assistance to students and their families throughout the year on an as needed basis via the Weekend Food Program.
     
    2-1-1 CONNECT
    Washington State Information Network 2-1-1: Online access to community resources in WA state for all ages. Looking for community resources? Search the online directory of health and human service programs to find resources like food banks (food pantries), emergency shelters, transportation, health clinics, rent or utilities assistance, legal help, and many more. If you need additional assistance, you can also call 2-1-1 to speak directly with an Information & Referral Specialist.  
     
    CBS - signup online  
    College Bound Scholarship: 7th and 8th graders, sign up today! The College Bound Scholarship program is an early commitment of state financial aid to eligible students who sign up in middle school and fulfill the scholarship pledge.  For more information about eligibility requirements, please visit their website or contact your child's assigned counselor.
    Invest-Ed
    Invest-Ed: Provides support directly to our students in need through partnerships with those closest to the student: the teachers, counselors, coaches, and staff at Liberty Middle School. The student's assigned counselor can authorize use of program funds to help keep them in school, to get them more involved in school activities, or simply remove a roadblock to their success.  Please consider donating directly to Liberty Middle School's InvestEd fund as every donation is directly applied to meeting the needs of our very own Lightning students!
     
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