Murchison Middle School International Baccalaureate MYP

Frequently Asked Questions

Questions: 
  1. When is the counseling office open?
  2. How can students or parents meet with a counselor?
  3. What is a counseling emergency?
  4. How can parents help to support students?
  5. What should students do if another student is bothering him/her?
  6. How are schedule changes handled?
  7. How can I check grades online?

 

Answers:
  1. When is the counseling office open? Counselors are available from 8am-4:30 pm Monday-Friday.
  2. How can students or parents meet with a counselor? The counselors of MMS are eager to help your child with any social, emotional, or behavioral issues that impact their learning at school. Students should complete a "Request to See the Counselor" form in order to meet with their school counselor. If a student has an emergency, they do not have to complete a request. Parents are also welcome to contact their child’s grade level counselor with any social, emotional, or behavior concerns that impact school learning. For academic concerns please contact Deanna Mahan. Please call or email us for any questions/concerns or to schedule an appointment for an in-person meeting. Please know that your questions and concerns are very important to us. Due to various commitments, however, we are often not able to take walk-in appointments.
  3. What is a counseling emergency? A counseling emergency is one of the three hurts: -A student hurts him/herself -A student hurts someone else -A student is being hurt by someone else For all counseling emergencies, students should come to the counseling office immediately with a pass from their teacher.
  4. How can parents help to support students? Help your child set academic goals each six weeks, and make sure you see progress reports and report cards. It is recommended to check in with each of your child's teachers at least once a semester. Teachers are teaching class, so the best method of communication is via email. Teacher emails can be found on the website. Also, provide encouragement and support, and make sure that your child understands that middle school grades are used to plan high school classes.
  5. What should students do if another student is bothering him/her? All students are instructed to use the "Four Steps of Conflict Resolution" when they have a problem with another student. These steps include: -Ignore -Walk Away -Use an "I" message (Ex.: I don't like it when you touch my stuff, please stop.") -Tell an adult"

    *Please refer to the Bullying and Harassment tab to report an incident

  6. How are schedule changes handled? Schedule changes often cause disruptions to student learning. As a result, counselors are only authorized to make schedule changes in the Fall for cases of a scheduling error or academic need. The counseling office will accept schedule change requests until the first two weeks of each semester. Parents are welcome to discuss other schedule changes with the Academic Counselor or AP.
  7. How can I check grades online? Go to https://www.austinisd.org/technology/parents-guardians/cloud or call the main office for more information.