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Indiana Honors Jennings County Middle School Counseling Program Again

The Indiana Department of Education initially named Jennings County Middle School (JCMS) as a recipient of the Indiana Gold Star School Counseling Award in 2007. JCMS has recently earned that recognition for the fourth time. Indiana schools to receive the Gold Star School Counseling Award had the option to renew three years after the initial receipt of the award. Gold Star schools undergo a rigorous process to raise student achievement by convening a School Counseling Council consisting of educators and community members to review student data, set specific student goals, and commit to maximizing the time and skills of the school counselor. The official award presentation will be at the Indiana School Counselor Association (ISCA) fall conference in Indianapolis in November 2019.

“Indiana’s Gold Star Schools show hard work and dedication to creating, implementing, and maintaining a comprehensive school counseling program,” says IDOE School Counseling Specialist, Courtney Hott. ”We recognize Jennings County Middle School for understanding the tremendous impact that school counselors can have in educating the whole child. 

Jennings County Middle School joins just over 300 Indiana elementary, middle, and high schools that have received the Gold Star Award since its inception in 2004. Six years later, IDOE, in collaboration with the American Student Achievement Institute, began offering professional development opportunities for schools interested in aligning their counseling program with the Gold Star model. Schools participate in a series of monthly webinars, to help them make the transformation to the Indiana Gold Star School Counseling model.

All Indiana Gold Star schools are eligible to receive the nation’s highest recognition - the American School Counselor Association’s Recognized ASCA Model Program or RAMP Award. The award demonstrates that a school is “committed to delivering a comprehensive, data-driven school counseling program.” Indiana is the state with the highest number of RAMP Award recipients in the country. JCMS has consistently maintained the RAMP status throughout this time.

To qualify for both awards Jennings County Middle School submitted an online portfolio with documentation that it meets the nine program standards found in Indiana’s Program Standards for School Counseling.

Additionally, JCMS participated in training sessions during the school year and learned how to implement the Gold Star School Counseling model. Students, teachers, parents, and community members who serve on the local School Counseling Council also took part in the initiative. This group provided valuable input and feedback as the Gold Star School Counseling initiative was being developed.

Members of the School Counseling Advisory Council include: Melissa Barnes, Anita Boggs, Kaitlyn Davies, Paula Ertel, Carlyle Floyd, Sam Greathouse, Mike Green, David Heilman, Mackenzie Heuer, Tara Kelley, Jeanie Koelmel, Angie Leeds, Cheri Massey, Leana Matern, Stacey Patterson, Karen Pedigo, Patti Rusk, Betsy Schwering, Emily Sommers, Sydney Troidl and Susan Wahlman.

For more information about the local initiative, please contact Zabrina Nicholson by email or at (812) 346.4940. 

Pre-Registration is now Open

JCMS online pre-registration is now open in Skyward. If you have any questions, please call the JCMS office at (812) 346.4940.