- Student Services
- Health Services
- Counseling/Social Work/School Psychologist
- Families in Housing Transition
- Miller Mentoring Program
The WMS Health Office is located on the first floor near the student services office. The Health Office is open each student school day from 8:00 am until 4:00 pm.
Our School Nurse is Mitzi Girtler, RN. She is at WMS on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays.
Students utilize the health office daily when ill or injured and for daily treatments or medications. We also screen all 7th graders each fall for vision and hearing status.
It is not as easy being a kid these days as it was a few years ago. Children are growing up in a different world: a world of computers, easily available drugs and chemicals, dysfunctional families, mixed messages about sexual activity, strong peer pressures, and media influence.
SCHOOL COUNSELORS MAKE A DIFFERENCE.
Contact your school counselor or stop by Student Services to make an appointment. Counseling and guidance services are available for all students. Counselors are assigned Houses, however students may see any of the counselors.
- Bullying/Incident Reporting Form
- Counseling Services
- Minnesota Career Information System - MCIS
- Parent Information
Winona Middle School believe it is important to: Be RESPONSIBLE, Be RESPECTFUL, Be SAFE.
If you feel you have experienced bullying as defined in the District Policy below or have a general concern that you would like to report, please use submit in the Harrasment Form.
II. GENERAL STATEMENT OF POLICY for Winona Area Public Schools
A. An act of bullying, by either an individual student or a group of students, is expressly prohibited on school premises, on school district property, at school functions or activities, or on school transportation. This policy applies not only to students who directly engage in an act of bullying but also to students who, by their indirect behavior, condone or support another student’s act of bullying. This policy also applies to any student whose conduct at any time or in any place constitutes bullying or other prohibited conduct that interferes with or obstructs the mission or operations of the school district or the safety or welfare of the student or other students, or materially and substantially interferes with a student’s educational opportunities or performance or ability to participate in school functions or activities or receive school benefits, services, or privileges. This policy also applies to an act of cyberbullying regardless of whether such act is committed on or off school district property and/or with or without the use of school district resources.
For purposes of this policy, the definitions included in this section apply.
A. “Bullying” means intimidating, threatening, abusive, or harming conduct that is objectively offensive and:
1. an actual or perceived imbalance of power exists between the student engaging in the prohibited conduct and the target of the prohibited conduct, and the conduct is repeated or forms a pattern; or
2. materially and substantially interferes with a student’s educational opportunities or performance or ability to participate in school functions or activities or receive school benefits, services, or privileges.
The term, “bullying,” specifically includes cyberbullying as defined in this policy.
B. “Cyberbullying” means bullying using technology or other electronic communication, including, but not limited to, a transfer of a sign, signal, writing, image, sound, or data, including a post on a social network Internet website or forum, transmitted through a computer, cell phone, or other electronic device. The term applies to prohibited conduct which occurs on school premises, on school district property, at school functions or activities, on school transportation, or on school computers, networks, forums, and mailing lists, or off school premises to the extent that it substantially and materially disrupts student learning or the school environment.
- The Developmental Needs of Middle School Students
- Services Provided by a Middle School Counselor
- Groups offered at Winona Middle School
- How can my Counselors help me?
Middle School is an exciting but frustrating time for students as well as their parents and teachers. Transition is the key word. Through the middle school years, physical and psychological changes abound. During their journey from childhood to adolescence, students are characterized by:
- Being very active, yet easily fatigued due to rapid physical growth.
- Searching for their own unique identity, turning more towards their peers than to their parents for ideas and affirmation.
- Extremely sensitive to comments from others.
- Relying heavily on friends to provide comfort, understanding and approval.
- Individual and group counseling.
- Consulting with teachers, parents, administrators and others.
- Listening in an effort to resolve conflicts.
- Referring students to outside referral agencies when appropriate.
- Crisis intervention and conflict resolution.
- Helping students learn responsibility by becoming aware of the consequences of their behavior.
- Helping with high school plans and future career goals (MCIS).
Counselors believe that the primary purpose of the school is to help you acquire skills, knowledge and values which will help you succeed in today’s world and to reach your full potential as a person. We realize that such learning cannot take place while personal and academic difficulties are foremost in your mind--problems which can have an adverse affect on behavior, conduct, or academic performance in school. Your counselor is here to help you deal with a problem that may concern you as a middle school student.
Discussing something in private with your counselor gives you a chance to explore thoughts, ideas and feelings about your concerns. The ideas you explore are held in strict confidence. Your counselors can not make decisions FOR you, but help YOU make sound decisions based on reasoning, logic and accurate information.
- Students can go to the Student Services and make an appointmentor e-mail a counselor.
- Teachers may refer students to a School Counselor.
- Parents can ask to have a counselor see their child.
- The counselor can invite a student to visit.
MCIS (Minnesota Career Information System) is a comprehensive career information and planning system for high school students and adults. It includes a wealth of information on occupations, post-secondary schools of all types, scholarships, job search skills and much more. Users are able to create personal portfolios that support lifelong career planning and promote career self-reliance. MCIS includes tools that encourage self-assessment, exploration, research, goal setting, and decision-making.
By the end of 8th grade all WMS students will have set up a MCIS account with the assistance of their school counselor.
Hello! My name is Lisa Mullen. I am originally from Rothschild, WI (Go Packers!). I received my Undergraduate Degrees in Physical Education, Health and DAPE from Winona State University in 1989. I taught Physical Education at Goodview and Rollingstone Elementary Schools for 2 years then transferred to the old Winona Middle School for 9 years. I received my Master’s Degree in School Counseling from WSU and in 2000 began my counseling career at the new Middle School.
I work with 6th grade and 8th graders (A-M). However, I do serve all students for personal & academic needs. I facilitate many of the support groups offered through the Counseling Office, as well as advisor for Student Council and one of the Coordinators for WEB. I also serve on the WMS PBIS Committee and the District Suicide Task Force. In addition, I coordinate academic and behavioral 504’s for 6th and 8th graders.
Personally, I enjoy kayaking, skiing, hiking, working out, traveling on my motorcycle and spending time with family and friends.
Feel free to contact me at 494-1012 or Lisa.Mullen@winona.k12.mn.us. I am proud to be a part of Winona Area Public Schools and I am looking forward to assisting you and your child!
Hello Parents and Middle School Students,
I am looking forward to another awesome year at WMS. I have been a counselor at WMS since 2010. I actually have been working with students and counseling families and children in various capacities for all of my years of service. That should say two things, I have a lot of tools in my toolbox of interventions and I LOVE being a counselor!
I truly enjoy empowering students and parents to succeed academically, personally, socially, and in career/work areas of life! I love teaching classroom counseling curriculum, running large group counseling for many life skills, offering several small groups for more specific issues and individual responsive counseling using a strength focus to respond to a wide variety of needs.
At the middle school, I am so excited to continue to work with the 5th graders here at WMS. I am also excited to be the ongoing AVID middle school counselor, serving both 7th and 8th grade AVID students this year. I serve on the WMS Administration Team and on the District Mental Health Committee. I coordinate academic and behavioral 504 plans for 5th graders.
I live on an acreage near Lewiston, where I enjoy being outdoors, spending time with my family, cats and dogs. I love to craft and am a Pinterest person! I love to kayak, walk the dogs and enjoy nature.
Please feel free to contact me with any questions or concerns! Parents are a very valuable resource and a huge part of your child’s success here. Your questions and concerns are important. Please feel free to contact me or call Student Services to schedule an appointment at 494-1031.
Here's to a successful and enriching school year!
Dear Parents and Guardians,
Hello and happy day! My name is Mitzi Storm and I joined Winona Area Public School team as a School Counselor during the 2014-2015 school year. Previous to joining the WAPS team, I worked in a middle school in northern Nevada for 11 years. I received my Elementary Education degree through Great Basin College in Winnemucca, Nevada, and my Masters in School Counseling from the University of West Alabama. Outside of school, I enjoy spending time with family, crafting, reading, camping, fishing and taking photographs.
As a School Counselor, my primary responsibility is to promote the academic, personal, and social development of all students. I look forward to offering support to WMS students, staff, families and community. I meet with students individually and in small groups, in addition to conducting classroom lessons occasionally throughout the year. School counselors meet with parents, collaborate with teachers and staff, and consult with community organizations to benefit and meet the needs of all students and families.
I currently split my time between Winona Middle School and Cotter High School. At the middle school, I assist students in the 7th and 8th grades. Specifically, I work with non-AVID 7th graders, and 8th graders whose last names fall between the letters N-Z of the alphabet.
Any student can request to meet with me or they can be referred by a teacher, administrator, or parent. I encourage you to reach out if you have concerns regarding your child. If you would like for me to meet with your child, please do not hesitate to contact me.
Again, I am here to help students achieve their personal/social and academic goals, as well as provide support for the parents and teachers. I love working with students and families and look forward to assisting you!
Families in Housing Transition
Winona Area Public Schools participates in the F.I.T. Program. During these difficult economic times many families are struggling to keep jobs and homes, and to cover basic expenses. Also, some families are going through relationship changes that are putting stressors on the lives in that household.
Families in Transition is available to assist parents and guardians who may be in need of assistance. In the Winona Area Public Schools we can help get youngsters enrolled in a pre-school program, Community Education offerings, school-aged childcare, or a K-12 academic or athletic program. The F.I.T. program is free and is available year round to also help with information and questions about registration, immunizations, and school breakfast and lunch programs.
The Miller Mentoring program promotes and nurtures the relationship between mentor and student. When a positive relationship is created, we begin to see our students gain:
- Appropriate Social Interactions
- Emotional Maturity
- Improved Self-confidence
- Academic Success
Winona Middle School program meets Mondays, Tuesdays, or Wednesdays from 3:30 - 5:00 pm in room 280 at WMS.
Winona Senior High School program meets Mondays, Tuesdays, or Wednesdays from 3:30 - 5:00 pm in room 229 at WSHS.
The program schedule coincides with District 861 calendar.
Become a Mentor
- Must be 18 years of age
- Complete an application that includes references and background check.
- Attend a mandatory training session.
- Be dependable, consistent, respectful, understanding, patient and positive.
- Commit to one day per week for the academic school year.