Counseling Department



Welcome to the Jolliff Middle School Guidance Department.  To contact your child’s Professional School Counselor click send us an email or call (757) 465-5246.

The Guidance Department at Jolliff Middle School comprises three dynamic school counselors.  Mrs. Malessa Smith is our school’s Guidance Director, and she also oversees our eighth-grade students.  Mrs. Jacqueline Palmer has the pleasure of working with our seventh-grade students.  Mrs. Sherri Ruff our sixth-grade counselor works with sixth-grade students and assists with the transition from elementary to middle school.

Middle school students face many challenges throughout the academic school year.  Our JMS school counselors provide assistance with students’ academic, behavioral, and social growth.  It is important that students know that they have a support system in place, and our trained counselors and available to assist them.  Another important role of our school counselors is to collaborate with teachers, administrators, and parents.  Our JMS guidance team is comprised of devoted professionals whose main goal is to help serve the Jolliff academic community.

Students may pick up a request card from the guidance mailbox located at the entrance of the guidance department.

The following services are provided:

  • Group counseling
  • Individual counseling
  • Student orientation
  • Parent orientation
  • Conflict mediation
  • Middle and High School Scheduling
  • Academic and Career Planning

The Guidance Department looks forward to working with your child this school year and together we will ensure that your child will have a most successful school year!


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