Dover Intermediate School Counseling Department

Welcome from the Dover Intermediate School Counselors! 

We look forward to meeting your child and working with them throughout their two years at the Intermediate School.  As a partner in your student's education, we encourage you to contact us with any questions or concerns you may have about your child.   
Mrs. Elliott - 7th Grade
Mrs. Mayberry - 8th Grade 


Dover Area School District School Counseling Department

Mission Statement

The mission of the Dover Area School District School Counseling program is to build upon the unique strengths of each student in the areas of Academic, Social, Emotional, and Career development.  In partnership with school personnel, students, families, community, post-secondary institutions, and the workforce, our goal is to deliver a comprehensive developmentally appropriate school counseling program aligned to the state and national standards.  


7th Grade parents!

In the month of February, seventh grade students were visited by their school counselor in their Social Studies class to talk about their Academic and Career plans.  Students completed their Academic and Career Plans that will be put in their Career Portfolios to follow them to the High School.  Students also took a career interest inventory to learn about Career Clusters that best matches their interests and abilities as well as researched potential careers.  This is a great opportunity to start or continue the conversation of post-secondary plans with your student.  Ask your student what Career Cluster matched thier interests and careers they researched!

All 7th Graders created a Choices360 account during their career lesson.  Students can log-on to this account at home and explore the number of the different acitivites Choices has to offer.  These activities include career exploration tools, high school course planners, resume building tools, as well as information about planning for a post-secondary education.  Their career cluster information is saved in their account.  Ask them to show you what they found!  


This is a link to the video 8th graders watched on emerging trends in post-secondary education and the job market.  

Kevin Flemming's Success in the new Economy

“Since new and emerging occupations in every industry now require a combination of academic knowledge and technical ability we need to ensure that we’re also guiding students towards careers and not just the university. In the new economy, both education and technical skills are the new currency."

More information, articles, and links on careers and planning a post-secondary education are available below!  

Community Assistance

2-1-1 York, Pennsylvania

United Way’s information and referral service – FIRST – is now PA 2-1-1.  2-1-1 is a free, confidential, 24-hour information and referral service that connects south central PA residents with all the health and human services available to help. The trained specialists are available to help with a number of services that include:

Aging Services   
Child & Youth Services
Health Services
Support Groups 

Academic & Career Plan

Academic and Career Plan                                           Last Name__________________  First Name_____________________




Interests & Hobbies

Career Cluster

7th Grade Goal

7th Grade





Interests & Hobbies

Holland Code

8th Grade Goal

8th Grade








My current career interests are:





 My current post-secondary plans are:


4 Year College


2 Year/Community College


Technical School













My current career interests are:





 My current post-secondary plans are:


4 Year College


2 Year/Community College


Technical School












[Text Box: COLLEGE/ UNIVERSITY BACHELOR’S DEGREE • 4 Year Degree • Can be used towards a Master’s Degree or Doctorate]


[Text Box: APPRENTICESHIPS • Learn a trade as you work towards “journeyman” status] [Text Box: TRADE OR TECH SCHOOL • Certificate in a skilled trade] [Text Box: COMMUNITY COLLEGE/ ASSOCIATES DEGREE • 2 Year Degree • Can often be used towards a 4 year degree]

[Text Box:] [Text Box: MASTER’S DEGREE • 2 Years past a Bachelor’s Degree] [Text Box: MILITARY • 5 Branches • Life career or stepping stone to a different career] [Text Box: BEGIN WORK • Entry Level Job • On-the-job Training]


[Text Box: DOCTORATE • 4+ Years]


This is a sample of the Academic & Career Plan students fill out in 7th and 8th grade to put in thier career portfolios that follow them to the High School.  


Honor Roll

Honor Roll

Distinguished Honor Roll
Average of 93% or higher with no grade below 90%

Honor Roll
Average of 85% or higher with no grade below 82% 

Attendance Policy

Attendance policy taken from the 2015-2016 Intermediate School Handbook

• EXCUSE CARDS FOR ABSENCES - All students are given three (3) school days to provide a written excuse signed by a parent/guardian to the school before the absence is considered unexcused/unlawful. Excuse cards are recommended, but a signed note indicating the dates and nature of absence will be accepted. Excuse cards are available in the main office. Excuse cards are subject to review by the Assistant Principal to determine if the reason for absence is in line with district guidelines. Examples of acceptable excuses are: death in family, personal illness, required court attendance, educational trips. 

• EXCESSIVE ABSENTEEISM - When a student reaches twelve (12) days of total absences, a letter will be sent informing the parents of the concerns and needs of regular school attendance. After fifteen (15) days of absence, unless unusual circumstances can be substantiated, a letter is sent informing parents that any further absences must be covered by a medical excuse or the absence will be deemed unexcused/unlawful. Students with a history of habitual absenteeism may be required to submit a doctor’s note for any subsequent absences. A student may be withdrawn if they are absent for ten (10) consecutive days without a valid reason. 

1. Three (3) days of unlawful absences will result in parent receiving a letter of first notice warning that any future unlawful absence will result in a fine.

  1. A school/family conference will be scheduled to discuss the cause of the student’s truancy and to develop a mutually agreed upon Comprehensive Student Attendance Improvement Plan (SAIP) to resolve the attendance issue. The plan could include accessing academic, social and health supports from the school and community; an outline of parent and student responsibilities and levels of performance monitoring that includes rewards and consequences.

  2. York County Children & Youth Services will be notified as a standard practice of the first notice letter.

  3. According to ACT 29 of 1995, a fine up to $300.00 plus court costs may result once a fourth unlawful absence occurs. In addition to fine, District Magistrate may require community service and/or suspension of driving privilege when of legal age.

  4. Students who cut class will be subject to discipline ranging from detention to out of school suspension.

  5. Continual truancy will result in placement in alternative education program or Administrative/Board hearing. 

Attendance Works


Student Assistance Program (SAP)

What Is SAP?

A SAP team made up of school and agency staff is available to help you access school and community services for your child. In Pennsylvania, every school district is required to have a plan for identifying and assisting students who experience barriers to learning. 

The SAP team will help you find services and assistance within the school, and if needed, in the community.   We do not diagnose, treat, or refer your child for treatment.  We will provide you with information and you make the choice(s) that best fit your needs and wishes.  As the parent/guardian you are an important part of the team.

How Does My Child Become Involved in the SAP Program?

Anyone can refer a child to the STARS team.  Teachers or other school personnel also refer some students.  A friend or family member can also let the SAP team know that they are worried about someone.  The child can even go directly to the SAP team to ask for help.  Schools will gather information to determine how a student is doing in their classes.  However, the SAP team will not proceed unless you give your written parent permission.  Once permission is received, the SAP team will work with you to develop a plan of action to help your child achieve success in school.  Participation in the program is voluntary.

What If Someone Has Referred My Child to SAP?

A SAP team member will contact you regarding your child’s referral to the program.  Before a SAP team member talks to your child, you will be asked to sign a permission form.  The SAP team will work with you and your child throughout the process.  As a parent, your knowledge and thoughts about your child will be helpful in developing a plan of action.  If you need more information before making a decision about SAP, please feel free to talk to a SAP team member.

Liaison Agency

TrueNorth Wellness Services

1195 Roosevelt Ave

York, PA 17404



Student Assistance Counselor

Tabitha Eimerbrink M.Ed

717-843-0800 ext: 1182 (office)

717-226-8783 (cell)

717-292-8066 ext: 10404 (school office)

                        Mrs. Martin                                (

                         Mrs. Elliott                                  (

                       Mrs. Shearer                              (

                      Mrs. Eimerbrink                        (

                       Mr. Kennedy                               (


Career and Post-Secondary Planning Resources

Planning for a Post-Secondary Education/Career


Success in the New Economy

By Kevin Flemming

BigFuture-Middle School


Career Interest Inventory

My Next Move (Career Interest Inventory)

Students with Disabilities

Attending College/Technical School with a Disability


College Planning Resources for Families


Financial Aid

It's not too early to start saving! A post-secondary education is for everyone!


What is Community College?

Community College


What are my options?  College?  Technical School?

Types of Colleges


Interested in College or a Career/Technical School?

What can I be doing in the 8th Grade to prepare?


  • Talk to friends and family about careers and possible school choices. Counselors, teachers, parents, other family members, and friends are all good sources of information and support.
  • Explore career interests. There are lots of different ways to achieve your career goals, including technical colleges, apprenticeships, cooperative education opportunities ("co-ops"), community colleges, military programs or schools, and traditional 2 or 4-year schools.
  • Consult with your middle and high school counselors to find out which courses you should take that will qualify you to attend certain colleges and/or enter certain career fields.
  • Investigate Advanced Placement (AP), International Baccalaureate (IB), and honors coursework, as well as career and technical courses/programs and dual enrollment opportunities that are related to your career interests.
  • Discuss your financial situation with your parents to see how they can assist you in paying for your education. Work together to establish a savings plan in which you can participate, such as a PA 529 plan.
  • Don't forget about extra-curricular activities! Whether you enjoy athletics, music, art, volunteerism, or employment, what you do outside the classroom is important, too!






Academic Resources

Transitioning to Middle School

Guiding Our Children Through School Transitions: Middle School    By-Dr. Sharon Sevier


Transitioning to Middle School

Tips for Parents on a Successful Transition to Middle School    By-Cheryl Somers


Moving to Middle School

Nine Tips for Parents If Your Child is Changing Schools    By-Meryl Ain


Study Habits

Teaching Good Study Habits Minute by Mintue        By- Heather Lambert



Community Counseling Resources/Crisis Intervention

Crisis Intervention  1-800-673-2496     

York Hospital Emergency Room  (24 hours)


Mobile Crisis  (717) 843-0800


Crisis Walk-in    (Monday-Thursday  8am-8pm, Friday 8am-6pm)

S. Edgar Street

York, Pa 


Area Counseling Services

True North Wellness Services   (717) 632-4900

Counseling Associates of York   (717) 848-8313

Family-Child Resources   (717) 757-1227

PA Counseling Services  (717) 840-0984

PA Comprehensive Behavioral Health (PCBH)   (717) 600-0900

Philhaven (York Family-Based) 845-2482

Wellspan (Meadowlands)   (717) 851-6350

Rost & Associates   (717) 843-6561

Center for Creative Arts   (717) 741-0000


***This is not a complete list! For more options, please consult your insurance company or speak to your doctor to find the best fit for your child.  

Grief and Loss Resources

Olivia's House

(717) 699-1133


Pathways Center for Grief and Loss Kids Camp


A Caring Place

(866) 613-4673