Welcome to the
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 -8th Grade

Mrs. Mayberry -7th 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.

 

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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

 

 

 

 

 

MAKING SOME DECISIONS: 7th

 

My current career interests are:

1.

2.

3.

 

 My current post-secondary plans are:

 

4 Year College

 

2 Year/Community College

 

Technical School

 

Military

 

Apprenticeship

 

Work

 

 

 

 

MAKING SOME DECISIONS:  8TH

 

My current career interests are:

1.

2.

3.

 

 My current post-secondary plans are:

 

4 Year College

 

2 Year/Community College

 

Technical School

 

Military

 

Apprenticeship

 

Work

 

 

LIFE AFTER HIGH SCHOOL

[Text Box: K-12 HIGH SCHOOL DIPLOMA]

 

[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.  

 

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

 

 

 

 

Attendance Policy

 

Attendance Policy taken from the 2017-2018 Handbook

 

  • Parents are requested to contact the attendance secretary (292-8067 ext. 20112) to report anticipated absences.  Please state the nature and possible duration of the absences.  Calling if you anticipate your child being late is recommended.  If a student is absent for an extended period of time (2 days or more), contact the school so assignments can be put together for your child.  These assignments can be picked up at school.
  • Students arriving to school after 9:00 AM or leaving school before 1:00 PM will be considered absent for one half day of attendance.

Students not in the school by 7:40 AM will be considered tardy and must report to main office.  Written excuse is needed if a student reports to school late.  If late pass is not issued by office, student will be documented as absent for the entire day.

 

EXCESSIVE TARDIES-  As a student accumulates tardies, letters will be sent home to inform the parent of the number of tardies and the attendance issues associated with the tardies.

CHANGE OF STATUS - When a student’s status is changed, i.e. address, phone number, parent work numbers, etc., please inform the school as soon as the changes are complete.


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.


UNEXCUSED/UNLAWFUL ABSENCES -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.

  • 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.
  • York County Children & Youth Services will be notified as a standard practice of the first notice letter.
  • 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.
  • Students who cut class will be subject to discipline ranging from detention to out of school suspension.
  • Continual truancy will result in placement in alternative education program or Administrative/Board hearing.

PERMITS TO LEAVE SCHOOL - Students must submit a request signed by parent/guardian to leave school before the end of the day. The request must state the day, time and reason for the dismissal.  Only appointments after 1:00 PM are considered excused.  Students returning to school from appointments must report to the office with written documentation from the appointment.  Students must be signed out from the main office and picked up from the office by parent/guardian.  The student must sign in upon return with written documentation.  Examples of reasons to leave early:  dentist/doctor appointments that could not be scheduled outside of school hours, family emergencies, serious illness or injury.

Attendance Works

 

Career and Post-Secondary Planning Resources

Planning for a Post-Secondary Education/Career

 

Success in the New Economy

By Kevin Flemming

 
BigFuture-Middle School

bigfuture.collegeboard.org

 

Career Interest Inventory

My Next Move (Career Interest Inventory)

 
Students with Disabilities

Attending College/Technical School with a Disability

 

College Planning Resources for Families

Gettingthemthere.com

 

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?

8th GRADE YEAR

  • 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!

 

 

 

 

 

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
Education/Training
Food/Shelter/Clothing
Health Services
Support Groups 

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 

Crisis Text Line

Text "start" or "hello" to 741-741

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) (717) 845-2482

Philhaven (York Day Hospital Partial Program) (717) 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

http://www.oliviashouse.org

 

Pathways Center for Grief and Loss Kids Camp

 

A Caring Place

(866) 613-4673

http://www.highmarkcaringplace.com

Internet/Smart Phone Safety

Resources from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children

Parents' Guide to Smart Phone Safety

 

Tech Tips for Parents

Basic information and help with privacy settings for popular apps such as Snapchat, Instagram, etc.

 

Protecting Your Child on Social Media

 

Social Media Safety

 

Talking to Teens about Sexting

 

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% 

Mental Health Resources

Self-Harm Resources

LIfe Signs

Facts for Parents

Self-Injury Guidance and Support Network

Self-Injury Resources

Cornell University Research Program

 

Student Assistance Program (SAP)

What Is SAP? 

A Student Assistance Program (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.  Our school’s Student Assistance Program team name is STARS.  

Please read the brochure below for more information.  We look forward to working with your child!

Student Assistance Brochure

 

Liaison Agency

TrueNorth Wellness Services

1195 Roosevelt Ave

York, PA 17404

717-843-0800

 

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                                (smartin@doversd.org)

                         Mrs. Elliott                                  (aelliott@dover.org)

                       Mrs. Shearer                              (lshearer@doversd.org)

                      Mrs. Eimerbrink                        (teimerbrink@doversd.org)

                       Mr. Kennedy                               (ckennedy@doversd.org

     

Suicide Prevention

WARNING SIGNS of YOUTH SUICIDE
Direct and indirect statements and/or behaviors that indicate an individual is at risk for suicidal or homicidal behaviors.

  • Threatening harm to self or others
  • Seeking access to firearms, pills, or other lethal means
  • Talking or writing about death, dying, or suicide
  • Depression, hopelessness, shame
  • Feeling rage or uncontrolled anger
  • Seeking revenge
  • Acting reckless
  • Excessive alcohol or drug use
  • Withdrawing from friends, family, and responsibilities
  • Experiencing anxiety, agitation, insomnia, excessive sleeping
  • Severe mood swings
  • Expressing no reason for living or no sense of purpose in life

When information is not enough:

  • Head to an emergency room or mental health walk-in clinic
  • Do not leave the person alone until a professional is with him/her (unless you are in danger)
  • Remove any firearms, alcohol, drugs, or sharp objects from the situation if possible

(Taken from Nova Southern University-Suicide and Violence Prevention)

 

If your child is in danger of harming themselves or someone else, please call one of the following numbers-

Mobile Crisis  (717) 843-0800

Crisis Intervention  1-800-673-2496     

York Hospital Emergency Room  (24 hours)

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

S. Edgar Street

York, Pa 

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline

1-800-273-TALK (8255)

Text "start" or "hello" to 741741

Free 24/7 emotional support for those in crisis

More information at http://www.crisistextline.org

If your child is in danger of harming themselves or someone else, please call one of the following numbers-

Mobile Crisis  (717) 843-0800

Crisis Intervention  1-800-673-2496     

York Hospital Emergency Room  (24 hours)

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

S. Edgar Street

York, Pa 

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline

1-800-273-TALK (8255)

Text "start" or "hello" to 741741

Free 24/7 emotional support for those in crisis

More information at http://www.crisistextline.org