Students are assigned to counselors alphabetically by their last name and will have the same counselor through their 8th grade year.
If you need to speak with your student's counselor, please call, you may also schedule an appointment at any time. Counselors are available Monday - Friday 7:30 am - 3:30 pm., and during conferences.
Students may sign up to see their counselor in the counseling office.
We would like to acquaint you with the staff of the Counseling Department at Middle School - Central and the services available.
Students want to speak to their counselor about a variety of topics. Often it is a relationship problem - problems with another student, a teacher, a friend, or someone outside of school. School counseling is not like counseling at an agency, so if a student needs more than we can offer, we refer families to outside agencies. Please contact us if you would like more information,
We are the contact person if you would like to meet with your child's teachers to discuss any problems they may be having. If your child wants to make a change in his/her schedule - with your permission - they need to see one of us.
Counselors also provide classroom guidance lessons for teachers to use. Topics include suicide prevention, harassment/bullying prevention, and career awareness.
In addition to individual counseling, classroom guidance, and parent consultation, we offer structured group sessions that deal with specific concerns. Topics may include getting along with others, decision making, communicating in the family, grief support, and handling peer relationships. While not therapy sessions, educational groups can be an excellent way for students to learn new skills, practice new behaviors, develop self-confidence, and better understand how to handle situations.
We encourage you to call us at anytime and look forward to working with you this school year.
Diana Conklin and Michelle Billiet
A local business used to have a sign that said, “What do you love to do? Find someone to pay you to do it and you have the perfect career.”
In February eighth grade students began considering Career options available to them in the future. The first step in choosing a career was to complete a self-assessment of their interests during Social Studies classes. Teachers reported that this led to many discussions of the opportunities available to them. Laura Arnold, Career Development Specialist from the Pankow Center, joined us to help the students develop their Educational Development Plan, or EDP, in the computer lab.
They used a program at Career Cruising that helped them connect their interests to potential careers. It gave them the opportunity to move to step two of the process by investigating career options since they could read about the careers and view video clips of people involved in that career.
Students looked at careers from the 6 Career Pathways developed by the state of Michigan. They learned which high schools courses and activities outside of their academic classes could help them prepare for these careers. Students can edit their EDP or share it with their parents by accessing the Career Cruising website from any computer with Internet access. They were instructed to take home the directions paper from Mrs. Arnold so that they could show their family the work they have done on their EDP. The final step is making a match between interests, abilities, and a career. While some students might make this decision now, for the most this will be a future event! The EDP will be printed by Mrs. Arnold and shared with parents at conferences in April.
This information is adapted from the Michigan Department of Education
Preparing for High School
Frederick V. Pankow Center homepage - The programs at the Pankow Center provide multiple opportunities for students by fostering talents, nurturing relationships, and preparing students to contribute and succeed in an ever-changing world
Pankow Center Offerings
Career and Technical Education - The L'Anse Creuse Public Schools provides all students in our two high schools with opportunities to make informed decisions about their future. The Frederick V. Pankow Center provides Career and Technical Education programs that are designed to provide a pathway to their career goal
MST Program Math/Science/Technology - Our Math/Science/Technology Center offers advanced courses in mathematics and science, with technology integrated across all courses. In addition, students attending the Pankow Center may engage in focused, extra-curricular opportunities that provide authentic learning experiences. Technology is integrated into each course offered at the Pankow Center in various degrees with the intention of providing a real-world experience for students. State-of-the-art biology, chemistry and physics labs, along with other scientific and technology equipment, are available as we prepare students for our fast-paced, changing world.
Performing Arts - Acting, Dance and TV and Broadcast Media
L'Anse Creuse Career Resource Center - The Career Resource Center provides integral services and resources to support career development activities within L'Anse Creuse Public Schools
- National Association for Gifted Children
- Center for Talent Development
- ECISD Gifted/Talented Program
- MSU Spartan Youth Programs