Welcome to the MGMS Counseling Department
Contacting a school counselor is often a first step in seeking assistance.
Contacting Support Staff
Information about the Counselors
COUNSELOR FOR GRADE 6
- Mrs. Gerdts began working at MGMS in 2016. Mrs. Gerdts has been a counselor in the Osseo Area School District for 8 years, working at Garden City Elementary School and Basswood Elementary School. She earned her M.A. degree in Educational Psychology from the University of Minnesota, and has a B.A. in Elementary Education from Luther College in Decorah, Iowa. Prior to working as a School Counselor, Mrs. Gerdts was a 4th Grade Teacher and worked for 3 years in the Cherry Creek Public School District in suburban Denver, CO.
COUNSELOR FOR GRADE 7
- Mrs. Paquin started at MGMS in 2013. Previously she worked as a high school counselor in Arizona, in post-secondary education at the University of Minnesota, and taught 4th grade. She earned her B.A. in K-8 education from Concordia College, Moorhead and her M.A. degree in Counseling and Student Personnel from Minnesota State University, Mankato.
COUNSELOR FOR GRADE 8
- Mrs. McCormack has been at MGMS since 1999. She was previously a counselor in San Antonio, TX for 10 years. She has additional teaching experience at the Junior and Senior High levels. She completed her B.S. in education from Mankato State University and her M.A. degree in Educational Psychology with an emphasis in school counseling at the University of Texas at San Antonio.
Progress Reports; Peer Tutoring
Counselors will assist new students to MGMS at the time of their enrollment and during their first few days of school.
A student and his/her counselor will work together in solving immediate problems that interfere with health, personal, social, and educational development.
Counselors help to prepare and plan for administering certain tests for students.
Family Change Group, Grief & Loss Group, Serious Illness, Anger management, GTI Group/General Teen Issues, Concerned Persons Group
Student Leadership Groups:
*PROS (Positive Role Models Offering Support)
WEB (Where Everybody Belongs)- WEB's goal is to provide a structure in which students make real connections with each other.
Through this program students learn that people at school care about them and their success.
WEB is the middle school school transition program that will increase attendance, decrease discipline referrals and improve academic performance at your school
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- First Call for Help
- Minnesota Department of Human Services- Children's Services
- Family & Children's Services
- The Bridge for Runaway Youth
- Planned Parenthood - Teen Issues
- Suicide Awareness Voices of Education
- Yellow Ribbon Suicide Prevention Program
- New Neighbors - Referral Agency Briefs
- Homework Spot
- Discovery School
- Infoplease Homework Center
- Minnesota Department of Education Testing Information
- MDE Test Samplers
- MGSH Career Resources Center