Counseling Mission Statement
The mission of the Counseling Department is to build a comprehensive developmental counseling program addressing the academic, career, and personal/social development of all students. Programs developed by the Counseling Department will be driven by the unique ethnic, cultural, and economic diversity of the entire student population with the end goal of removing barriers to student learning and encouraging achievement at the highest level for each student. Through a partnership with students, educators, parents, and the community, the Counseling Department will prepare students academically and socially to be productive members and leaders of society.
Counselors Available for Students and Parents
Greetings Bear Creek Community!
We recognize that our journey into Teleschool and virtual learning is a new experience that may bring about some challenges and worries, especially during an already stressful time of year. Please know that the counselors are still here to help support you in any way that we can. Although we are all away from campus, we are still available to speak with students and parents through a variety of avenues. The following information includes a list of resources should you wish to contact us, or if you are in need of support.
Counselor Contact Information
Mr. Theodore Jackson
Mrs. Shakera Reid-Stewart
Students may also email to request a video conference with a counselor. Counselors can meet with students via Microsoft Teams.
As student learning moves from the physical to virtual environment, it is important to highlight ways in which interactions with school counselors will change. Our communication will continue to remain confidential, with normal exceptions to conversations where students express that they might want to harm themselves, harm others, or indicate that someone is harming them. Though there will not be in person meetings, we will continue to interact with individual students and student groups via virtual mediums. Please note that a major limitation to virtual conversation may be an inability to view body language and pick up on physical cues which may indicate emotions contrary to those being stated. For those situations which involve extensive assistance, our role will remain that of support and not one of an ongoing therapeutic mental health provider. Even with the indicated limitations, much of our relationship will remain the same, we will continue to provide for the academic, social and emotional needs of students.
With new and unknown situations, there is always the risk of increased levels of stress, worry, and anxiety. Here are a few quick articles and informational resources highlighting some tips and strategies to help you and your family remain calm and practice some self-care during this unprecedented situation:
Anxiety and Worry Microsoft Sway Presentation
As we also think of families who may be in need, please share this link for free internet via Comcast.
As usual, we will respond to all emails and phone calls as soon as possible. Considering the inability for direct and immediate contact, please use the following information for emergency and/or crisis situations:
Inform your parents or caregiver immediately of any emergencies
You can also contact 911, or contact someone at one of the following crisis center phone lines:
- National Suicide Prevention Hotline
- Georgia Crisis Line
If you are in crisis and in need of help text BEARCREEK to 18442019946
Available 24/7 365
SAFE. ANONYMOUS. ALWAYS AVAILABLE
- Text Crisis Line
Text 741741 from anywhere in the USA to text anonymously with a trained Crisis Counselor
Again, thank you for your patience and flexibility. We look forward to our continued partnership as we provide support to you and your family. Please do not hesitate to reach out for assistance.
Immediate Mental Health Resources
The following facilities provide 24-hour assistance and have shared with the District that they will complete emergency assessments at no cost. If your child already receives support from a mental health provider, you may wish to make contact with that professional first. You may also want to check with your insurance company regarding mental/behavioral health coverage. Please note that the District does not endorse any provider, makes no representations as to the effectiveness of these providers, and makes this information available only as a helpful resource. List of facilities
Registration and Forms
All students attending Bear Creek Middle School must have the following information found in the Registration Packet Checklist.
Additionally, all students born on or after January 1, 2002 and entering, advancing, or transferring into 7th grade in Georgia need proof of an adolescent pertussis (whooping cough) booster vaccination (called "Tdap") and an adolescent meningococcal vaccination (MCV4). Proof of both vaccinations must be documented on the Georgia Immunization Certificate (Form 3231). If you should have further questions, please contact our Counseling Center Office at 470-254-6080.
New Residence Requirements
In February 2015, the Fulton County School System revised its School Admission Policy (JBC) for Residency Verification. The policy no longer requires families to submit an Affidavit of Residence for every year of student enrollment but instead now requires two proofs of residence upon initial enrollment into Fulton County Schools and upon entry into Kindergarten, 6th grade, 9th grade and when there is any address change. The two proofs of residence must be from the school system's approved list of verifiable residence documents: one from the approved Utility list and one from the approved Residency list.
Residency Verification (English)
Fulton County Schools is making it easier for parents of new students to complete their child's registration for enrollment into a Fulton County School. Parents can access the easy-to-complete, online form here. This option allows parents to control the data supplied for their student's enrollment and provide for more timely processing of the enrollment request. Parents can upload copies of the required supporting documents in .pdf, jpeg, and .tif formats. A list of required documents can be found here.
While this registration process will make it easier, parents will still need to bring their original to the school prior to the start of school. School personnel, must verify the authenticity of the documentation prior to enrollment being completed.
The Counseling program is an integral part of our students' school experience. The purpose of this site is to inform parents of the services available to assist students with their personal and academic needs.
The Counseling Center provides the following services:
- Individual Counseling
- Group Counseling
- Conflict Mediation
- Grief Counseling
- Academic & Career Counseling
- Crisis Intervention
- Schedule Changes
Fulton County is now requiring all schools and parents to use Scribbles to request student records. Please visit https://fultonga.scriborder.com.