Students at Belvidere Central Middle School receive support from a team of professionals that aim to help them acquire and apply knowledge of self and others, develop competencies in life planning, and achieve educational success.
Notes from Guidance Counseling
Students are assigned according to their last name (see Contacts) and maintain a relationship with that counselor throughout their years at CMS. Our goal is to help students with emotional/social, career, and academic needs, including:
- Individual Counseling - Contact your child's counselor if your child has specific emotional or social needs we should know about.
- Group Counseling - Groups helps students deal with grief and loss, self esteem, and other issues in a small group setting. Call your child's counselor if you would like your child in a group.
- Conflict Resolution - Counselors are available to perform mediations for students experiencing conflicts.
- Liason between community Agencies and BCMS - Contact your child's counselor for more information about many agencies in Boone County.
- Transition Counseling - Transitions students between Elementary/Middle school and Middle/High school.
- IAR Testing ( Illinois Assessment of Readiness)
All grade levels
See your child's counselor if you are new to the district for information regarding registration for the next year.
For Highschool course information see District page Student Access
Student last names A - L
Student last names M - Z
Speech & Language
Notes from the Social Worker
Children today are often victims of many social forces that can negatively impact their role as students. Many families are in a state of change and until the change becomes stabilized, children's unmet physical and emotional needs will continue to interfere with their ability to learn and function in school. The school social worker’s role is to provide support for students and their families when physical, social or emotional difficulties negatively impact the child’s learning and growth.
What is a School Social Worker?
School social workers are trained mental-health professionals with both a license and an advanced degree in Social Work. They provide services related to a person's social, emotional and life adjustment to school and/or society. School social workers are the link between the home, school and community in providing direct as well as indirect services to students, families and school personnel to promote and support students' academic and social success. In this district, the school social worker’s primary responsibility is to work with special education students. However, as highly trained experts in the areas of crisis intervention and behavior interventions, the social workers are often sought out for consultative or counseling of regular education students, as well.
Notes from the Psychologist
In addition to providing individual counseling, I facilitate various social-academic intervention groups, conduct special education evaluations, and assist in implementing response to intervention (RtI) practices at BCMS.
Notes from the Speech Therapist
As the Speech/Language Pathologist (SLP), it is my role to help students improve their communication skills by working in the following areas:
- Speech production – correct production of specific sounds in order to be better understood by others when speaking.
- Stuttering –using strategies to speak more easily when conversing.
- Receptive language – the understanding of vocabulary and concepts appropriate to the student’s curriculum and overall functioning.
- Expressive language – the ability to put words and thoughts together effectively to communicate wants, needs, ideas and socially.
- Auditory skills – strategies to put meaning to what is heard, including comprehension of questions, following directions and remembering and retelling information.
I work with students in all grades on an IEP or RTI basis using a combination of direct instruction and consultation with parents and teachers.