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Resources regarding Vaping and E-Cigarettes

Please scroll down the Counseling Locker to read 2 documents regarding how to speak to your child about Vaping and E-Cigarettes!


Take five really slow, deep, breaths


Exercise Regularly

Get lots of sleep


Healthy nutrition (limit caffeine!)


Cut way back on Screen time


Delete any apps that cause stress!


Listen to music


Spend time with pets


Listen to a calming app 


Practice relaxation and mindfulness


Change your own tune: Close your eyes and imagine that you are in a special relaxing place


Change your focus: Listen to the quietness in the room or focus on a sound outside. 


Tap into your creative brain: Do art, photography, poetry, journaling


Talk back to your negative thoughts.


Talk it out with a friend, family member or counselor


Get support: If you have strong feelings for a prolonged amount of time and need help sorting out what to do next, reach out to your Doctor, School Counselor, or School Psychologist for support and resources



Homework Help

Homework Help is a drop in program from 3:00 - 4:00 on the following days and locations:


6th grade Homework Help:


Monday    Room 808- Geritz

Tuesday   Room 808- Geritz

Thursday  Room 807- Valvur

7th/8th grade Homework Help:


Monday      Room 812- Hanzel

Tuesday     Room 404- McGough

Wednesday Room 811- Young


Lucy Ridgway (A-F), Tiffany Sullivan (N-Z),  Mary Nolan (G-M)

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Welcome back! The Stanley Counseling Department is eager to reconnect with past students and meet all of the students who are new to Stanley. Stanley Counselors are here to address the Academic and Social Emotional needs of Stanley students. We have the best job in the world because we are problem solvers- we meet with students individually, in pairs and in small groups to offer creative interventions and help students access the many academic and social opportunities offered at Stanley. 


The Stanley Counselors are available to help students, staff and parents. We see students based on the first letter of their last name. Your counselor is available in person in room 207, by phone, or by email.


Lucy Ridgway (A - F) (925) 927-3543 Monday, Wed., Thurs.


Mary Nolan (G - M) (925) 927-3541 Monday - Friday


Tiffany Sullivan (N - Z) (925) 927-3542 Monday - Friday  


Students can access their counselor in several ways: They can sign up on a Green Counseling Request Form in the office and give it to a secretary. They can stop by at Break or Lunch to request an appointment. They can also email their Counselor via School Loop.


Students seek out their counselor for academic tips, social questions, friendship connections and when they are feeling strong emotions that cause them to need a little extra support. Students have confidentiality with their counselor except in moments when they speak of concerns about their own safety or the safety of others. In those moments, counselors will need to seek out additional support for that student. If your student is seeking regular Stanley Counseling, we will call or email you to bring you into the loop and make sure that you are aware and supportive of continued counseling support.


Parents can access counseling by emailing or calling the student’s individual counselor. Stanley counselors love speaking with parents, confidentially, about the myriad of issues and hormonal fluctuations that might be present for a fast growing adolescent. We are very familiar with middle school and can help parents navigate the issues that arise when students begin the natural process of seeking independence and autonomy which inevitably occurs during middle school. We can speak on the phone or make an appointment to meet with you in person.


Thank you and we look forward to meeting all of our Stanley Students and Parents as the year progresses. Go Wildcats!

Relaxation Techniques

Relaxation Techniques

Stanley Wildcats

Stanley Wildcats

Counseling Department Guidelines


The mission of the Stanley Middle School Counseling Department is to provide a safe and nurturing environment that supports the development of the whole child through academic, social-emotional and personal support and intervention strategies.

Department Goals:

  • To develop positive, trusting, one-on-one relationships with students so that we can assist them in solving important personal, academic, and social issues.


  • To work collaboratively with each other, teachers, administrators and parents to provide interventions for students’ success in school.


  • To connect students to activities that encourage positive personal growth and peer relationships.


  • To assist students and staff in realizing social- emotional, ethical growth, and cultural sensitivity.


  • To provide information and support to teachers and families about issues on campus and in the larger society that affect our students.


  • To help implement school-wide programs that support students’ academic, social-emotional growth, and positive school climate.


Nolan, Mary
Counselor G-M
Ridgway, Lucy
Counselor A-F
Sullivan, Tiffany
Counselor N - Z

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