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Counselor's Center
Instructor: Ms. Cantwell   
   Greetings Parents, Guardians and Students!  My name is Marla Cantwell, and I am the school counselor at Monett Intermediate.  I am excited to begin my 3rd year with MIS and my 7th year with the Monett School District.  Being a school counselor is an awesome profession which allows me to pursue my passion of helping children.  I am here to provide assistance to your child to help him/her succeed in academics, social settings, and to help guide them in his/her path to the future.  I look forward to getting to know your child and you. Please don't hesitate to contact me if you have questions, concerns, or just need to share information.   
   A little about me:  I grew up in the Springfield area and graduated from Willard High School.  I hold a Bachelor's degree in business administration and in 2008, I went back to school and earned my Masters in Guidance and Counseling from Evangel University after working as a paralegal in Texas and Missouri and then teaching paralegal courses at Vatterott College.  "You are never too old to set another goal or to dream a new dream" ~ C. S. Lewis             
   I love to sing and play the piano.  My early studies in college were in vocal performance and I still break out in an opera aria now and then!  For fun, I make jewelry and sometimes sell my pieces at local craft shows.  I have three lovely daughters - my oldest daughter graduated from MSU and the other two are still in school.  I'm also a foster parent and I feel blessed to be able to provide a safe and nurturing environment to children in need.
   Please join me in being super excited about the 2016-17 school year!

Marla Cantwell

Department Announcements
Parent Resource List
A Parent Resource Library is housed at the Central Park Elementary campus. These resources, including books, DVDs, audio books and CDs are available free of charge for parents to check out. Please contact Susan Claybrook at Central Park (417-235-2168) for more details. Many resources are also available in Spanish. Below is a link for the list of resources.


Hotline Resources
     If you are ever concerned about someone's well-being and safety and a school counselor is not available, you may contact the following resources for assistance:

National Suicide Hotline               1-800-273-TALK
School Violence Hotline               1-866-748-7047
Missouri Hotline for Child Abuse  1-800-392-3738

Department Files
 Referral to Counselor
This form can be used by parents or teachers to refer a student to the counselor
Forms for TAT referral
Hotline form
 Lesson Schedule MIS Counselor 2016-17.docx
Classroom Lesson Schedule 2016-17
 Transition 3MMS.ppt
This PowerPoint addresses many of the changes students will encounter when they transition to middle school.
Department Web Pages
My role as school counselor is constantly changing, reflecting the needs of the many people in our school community; children, parents, teachers, and administrators. A variety of services are provided:

Individual Counseling Services: I meet individually with students to provide support for school-related issues. The counseling strategies vary with each student’s needs and are provided on a short-term basis as determined by the school counselor. Students can self-refer or be referred by parents, teachers, or other school staff (see the PSC Referral Form below under Departmental Files)

Group Counseling Services: 
I meet with small groups of students on various topics after school during tutoring time. Topics are determined by the children’s needs and interests. Frequent Group topics include:
• Friendship skills
• Self-esteem and confidence
• Separation and divorce
• Grief and loss
• Anger management
• Families in crisis

Classroom Guidance Lessons
: I present scheduled classroom lessons to all students in units that focus on the three (3) standards areas of academic development, personal/social development, and career development adopted by the American School Counselor Association (ASCA) and the Missouri Department of Education (DESE).

Academic Standards:
• Developing an interest in learning;
• Understanding personal responsibilities; and
• Developing study skills.

Career Standards:
• Developing a positive attitude toward work and learning; and
• Gaining an awareness of different careers.

Personal/Social Standards:
• Identifying different types of feelings;
• Building self-concept;
• Respecting individual differences;
• Making and keeping friends;
• Cooperating in a group;
• Resolving conflicts;
• Saying no to drugs and alcohol; and
• Learning about personal safety.

: I work together with parents and teachers to support children.

I work with parents to:
• exchange and gather information;
• provide recommendations; and
• discuss parenting concerns.
I work with teachers, administrators, and other staff to:
• provide information, materials and referral assistance;
• address student needs; and
• promote a positive learning environment.

When should I speak with the counselor?

Parents should feel free to contact the counselor when they notice certain signs or changes in their child:
• You see a dramatic change in your child’s behavior;
• There’s been a change in your family. A new marriage, a severe illness, a divorce or a new baby can all affect school work; or
• Your child begins acting out and fails to respond to your methods of discipline. The behavior that you see at home may also be occurring at school.
It is my mission as the school counselor at Monett Intermediate School to provide a safe learning environment for each student in the areas of academic, career, and social/emotional development by using the ASCA National School Counseling Standards and the standards adopted by the Missouri Department of Education in partnership with the community to prepare all students to become independent, life-long learners and responsible, caring citizens.
School Counselors
+ Central Park Elementary:, Lacey Berry
+ Elementary School: , Leslie Henry
+ High School: , Kara Tinklepaugh
+ High School: , Beth Nation
+ Middle School: , Sheila Gravett
+ SRTC: , Laurie Woolfolk
Click on name to see details.

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