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Position: Counselor
First Name: Patina
Last Name: Berardi
 

 
    
 
 
Welcome to Bridgeport Middle School! This is my third year at Bridgeport Middle School, my first year as counselor. I have come to love the school, students, and community over the past two years.  I look forward to serving as the middle school counselor this year, and for many years to come. Please feel free to email or call me if you have any questions.    
 
 
 
If you are a student, parent/guardian, friend, or teacher and would like to request a meeting or refer a student, please find the appropriate link on the right side of this page.  
 
 
 
 
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Counseling Program Mission Statement: 

 

As the counselor at Bridgeport Middle School, I am committed to creating a comprehensive counseling program that empowers all students to become lifelong learners and to reach their fullest potential through the development of academic, personal, and social skills. 

 

Counselor Role and Philosophy:

 

The counselor is an advocate for all students in helping them get what they need to succeed in and out of school.  Counseling can happen in a preventative manner or as an intervention.  A preventative manner allows a counselor to address topics that are particular to that age group such as bullying, goal-setting, test-taking tips, college/career planning, developmental stages, healthy routines, etc.  The most important part of a counselor's role is to empower students.  If a child feels empowered to make positive decisions and believes the future is bright, then many roadblocks will be removed that could have been path changers beforehand.  A counselor is not a universal problem solver, but she does play an integral part in helping students become more confident and successful in navigating our ever-changing world.  The counselor is involved in both direct and indirect services that aid the students in being successful. 

 

Middle School Counselors

  • Provide transition activities between elementary and middle school and middle and high school.
  • Counsel students in groups and individually, depending upon the nature of the concern.
  • Participate with school staff as members of interdisciplinary teams.
  • Serve as consultants to teachers and parents by providing information, which assists in meeting student academic and emotional needs.
  • Implement appropriate classroom lessons, which target the academic, career and personal/social development needs of middle school students.
  • Serve as liaisons between the school and community resources.
  • Review educational records and plan appropriate student academic programs.
  • Make appropriate referrals for social services within the school and the community.
  • Disseminate information to parents/guardians via individual conferences, large-group meetings and newsletters.
  • Uphold ASCA national and ethical standards. 

  

What is a Comprehensive Counseling Program?

 

The ultimate goal of a comprehensive school counseling program is student success. The program's design, delivery, and content are dedicated to enhancing the ability of all students to fully utilize the educational opportunities available to them. The PreK-12 program is delivered through direct and indirect services designed to address three domains of student development: academic, personal/social, and career.

 

Comprehensive school counseling programs are integral to the school's educational environment and partner with other academic and behavioral initiatives to effect positive changes in student achievement and behavior. Professional school counselors plan the comprehensive school counseling program and facilitate its delivery in collaboration with school administrators, other professional educators, and community members to produce measurable results. In a comprehensive program, the school counselor serves as a leader, advocate, and collaborator working to recognize and remove systemic barriers to student success. Resulting positive changes include increased student achievement, an improved graduation rate, consistent attendance, reduced disciplinary referrals, completed individual learning plans, and increased student participation in the community.

 

BISD follows the Texas Model for a comprehensive, developmental, guidance and counseling program.  Click here for more information.  Guidance lessons at Bridgeport Middle School focus on goal-setting, bullying, character building, organization, time-management, study skills, and teen safety.