CCPS School Counseling Information Letter

Dear CMS Parents,

Below you should find the annual letter that briefly discusses the county wide school counseling program and the procedure for opting out of services. Please feel free to call your child’s grade level school counselor if you have any questions.

6th grade: Ms. Hayek, 633-6561   x4026

7th grade: Mr. Parker, 633-6561   x4024

8th grade: Dr. Burruss, 633-6561 x4025

K – 12 School Counseling Services

Parental Notification

Caroline County Public Schools Counseling Program is designed to meet the needs of all students. Each School’s program is designed to be inclusive, preventive and developmental in nature and based on Standards for School Counseling Programs in Virginia Public Schools.  These standards are designed to complement and support the Virginia Standards of Learning and ensure that all students in grades K-12 receive support in academic, career, and personal/social development.

The School Counseling Program also includes responsive services that address students’ immediate needs and concerns.  These services are delivered through prevention and intervention activities.  These needs can be met through individual/small group counseling; consultation with parents, teachers and other educators; and referrals.

A student will meet with the school counselor when he/she requests counseling; parents, teachers, administrators and other school staff members refer the student; and/or the school counselor initiates contact.

Parents have the options to withdraw their child(ren) from all or any portion of the school counseling program by completing an opt-out form obtained from the school office.  This request will be filed in the Student Record and staff advised of student non-participation.  Opt-out requests will not transfer from school to school.  Parents will need to complete an opt-out request form each time a student changes schools and at the beginning of each school year.

The opt-out provision excludes any short duration personal/social counseling which is needed to maintain order, discipline or a productive learning environment; respond to a crisis situation where there exists an immediate threat to the health and safety of the student or others; or follow-up to determine progress with a student who has previously participated in individual or group counseling.

Materials used with students in the School Counseling Program are available for parent review and comment by making arrangements with the school counselor.

For more information regarding the School Counseling Program contact your child(ren)’s individual school.

Welcome to the 2017-2018 school year!!

Greetings students and parents! The School Counseling Dept. at CMS is looking forward to another great school year for 2017-2018! Ms. Hayek, Mr. Parker, and Dr. Burruss have been working together to fine-tune some classroom guidance lessons and run some small groups. More information will be forthcoming.

We look forward to seeing you at our Open House Events. Schedules will be available for pick up then, and schedules will also be mailed the first week of August. Please do not hesitate to contact your school counselor at:

6th grade counselor: Ms. Christine Hayek:; 633-6561

7th grade counselor: Mr. Dwayne Parker:; 633-6561

8th grade counselor: Dr. Jennifer Burruss:; 633-6561

Welcome Back CMS Students!



Welcome back to the second half of the 2016-2017 school year! We are looking forward to another packed semester here at CMS. The school counselors are busy conducting classroom lessons about transitioning to high school, test taking skills, and course registration for next year. We have also adjusted our caseload to reflect grade levels, not alphabet. So, Ms. Hayek ( is now the 6th grade counselor, Mr. Parker ( is now the 7th grader counselor, and Dr. Burruss ( is now the 8th grade counselor. We can all be reached at 804-633-6561 if you need to contact us. We are happy to assist you.


Another Great Week!

Another great week at CMS has come and gone! We were thrilled with the attendance at our Curriculum Night on September 15. The CMS School Counseling Dept. had a chance to present to parents and talk about the importance of Family Engagement/Parental Involvement. Here are some things we discussed that parents can do:
*Ask for assistance
*Give notice
*Make sure your child is attending regularly
*Check your child’s attire before leaving for school
*Go through your child’s book bag—help them stay organized
*Encourage them to use their agenda books
*Look for any changes in behavior (more or less sleep, drop in grades, change in interest in school, etc)
*Help your child stay on a routine

Thank you to all the parents and students that attended!

Welcome to CMS School Counselors’ blog!!

We are excited about the new 2016-2017 school year! CMS Eagles are off to a great start so far!! The counselors here at CMS are as follows:

Ms. Christine Hayek: last names A-Grah, ( 633-6561 ext 5106

Dr. Jennifer Burruss: last names Gray-Pe, ( 633-6561 ext 5119

Mr. Dwayne Parker: last names Pi-Z, ( 633-6561 ext 5109

The school counselors at CMS help students with their academic, personal/social, and career needs. Please do not hesitate to contact us if you have any questions.

Semester Award Assemblies

Join us Friday January 15, 2015 for grade level semester award assemblies.

All assemblies will be held in the Caroline Middle School auditorium.

The 6th Grade semester award assembly will be held at 10:15 am

The 7th Grade semester award assembly will be held at 1:15 pm

The 8th Grade semester award assembly will be held at 8:00 am

Rising 6th Grade Eagle Night

Current Fifth Grade Parents,

Please join us tonight, March 24th, at Caroline Middle School for our rising 6th grade Eagle Night. We will begin at 6:00 PM and end at 7:30 PM. Please make sure to bring  your student’s student portal information so that you will have the opportunity to sign up for classes. You can contact Ms. Clark or Mr. Mack if you have any questions