Guidance Department

Welcome to the Deep Creek Middle School Counseling Department

The purpose of the school counseling program is to impart specific skills and learning opportunities in a proactive and preventive manner, which ensures that all students can achieve school success through academic, career, and personal/social development experiences. Professional school counselors join with parents, teachers, administrators, and other school and community members and agencies to foster, promote, and improve student success and achievement in schools.

Pursuant to the Standards of Quality, guidance and counseling services will be made available to all students enrolled in Chesapeake Public Schools. Descriptions of services include the following: 

  • Academic Guidance: Academic guidance helps students and their parents acquire knowledge of the curricular choices available to students, to plan a program of studies, to schedule and interpret academic testing, and to seek post-secondary academic opportunities. 
  • Career Guidance: Career guidance helps students and their parents to acquire information and to plan work, jobs, apprenticeships, and post-secondary educational and career opportunities. 
  • Personal/Social Counseling: Personal/social counseling helps students (1) to develop an understanding of themselves as well as the rights and needs of others, and (2) to resolve conflicts in a positive (nonviolent) manner. Such counseling will assist students to define individual goals, which reflect their interests, abilities, and aptitudes. 

School counseling objectives are designed to assist students in accomplishing the following:

  • Resolving problems which interfere with learning; 
  • Acquiring positive attitudes toward learning; 
  • Developing effective study skills; 
  • Understanding self and others; 
  • Acquiring problem-solving skills and decision making skills; 
  • Becoming increasingly responsible for personal behavior; and 
  • Developing an understanding of the world of work. 

School counselors also provide:

  • Consultation with parents, teachers, and staff; 
  • Informational programs and activities; 
  • Identification and support of students with special needs; 
  • Crisis intervention and crisis management; and 
  • Referrals and partnerships with school/community agencies.

Counselor Contact Information:

Guidance Director/8th Grade Counselor – Renee Richardson ()

7Th Grade Counselor – Nate Clay ()

6th Grade Counselor – Rachel Dangerfield ()

Last Revision 6/15/2020