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School Counseling Staff

Ms. Merick - A-K

My name is Mrs. Merick and I work with students’ whose last names begin with letters A-K.  This is my sixth year as a school counselor at Skyline Middle School. I graduated from Virginia Tech, Go HOKIES!, and Radford University. Some of my favorite things are spending time with my family, reading and being outside. I am excited for another fun year at SMS!

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Ext. 43120

 

Ms. Purrier - L-Z

My name is Mrs. Purrier and I work with students with last names beginning with  L-Z. This is my second year as a school counselor at Skyline Middle School. I am very excited to see each of you again and meet our new sixth graders!  I went to college at George Mason University in Fairfax, VA. In my free time I enjoy hiking, jogging, watching movies, and spending time with my family.

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Ext. 43185

 

What Counselors Do

Between the pressure of making friends, learning to balance family with a desire for independence, enduring rapid growth spurts, experiencing the effects of puberty, being constantly connected via social media platforms, and much more, today’s middle schoolers face more challenges than ever before. School counselors are trained in areas such as adolescent development, self-management, social skills, and learning strategies to help with these specific areas of need in your middle school student.

 

School Counselors offer a listening ear, emergency response services, peer mediation, conflict resolution, parent consultation, and complete referrals to numerous resources in the area to help meet your child’s unique needs. We look forward to working with you and your student!

 

Front Royal Backpack Program

The Front Royal Backpack Program provides food to families needing assistance. Students are discreetly given bags of food each Friday prepared by a local church to tuck in their backpacks and take home for the weekend. If you feel your family could benefit from this program, please call your child’s school counselor at 540-636-0909.

 

How Can the Counseling Office Support YOUR Student?

Please take a moment to complete our Needs Assessment by visiting https://goo.gl/forms/vRldiWjVi1PTKjCG2 or visiting your counselor for a printed copy. This brief 7 question survey helps us determine what counseling groups/services to offer this year to fit the unique needs of our students. 

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