Counseling and Social Work
The RMS counseling department takes pride in bringing Batavia a comprehensive program that is developmentally appropriate for your middle school student. Our counselors are here to work with parents, students, and staff. Please feel free to call or e-mail our counselors with any questions, concerns, or to set up an appointment for you and/or your child.
|Julie Webb||6th||(630) 937-8884|
|Julie Neece||7th||(630) 937-8776|
|CaraLeigh Heidgen||8th||(630) 937-8721|
|Lauren Carney||6th-8th||(630) 937-8868|
|Renee Christiansen||6th-8th||(630) 937-8732|
Frequently Asked Questions
The building seems so big, how will my student be supported?
Counselors arrange a 5th-grade orientation for all incoming students. Students from private schools are invited to join as well. Upon their arrival at RMS, students are assigned to a team of three to four teachers. This allows for each teacher to get to know your student well. RMS counselors are also here to support your student through classroom lessons, groups, and individual meetings.
I’m a new student to RMS. What can I expect?
Counselors host a new students breakfast the second day of school. This is typically hosted in the LMC from 7:30 to 8 am. It is an opportunity to meet other new students and time for your counselor to get to know you. If a student comes later in the school year, he or she will be set up with one to two students as their peer guide(s). Peer guides escort new students to classes, explain lunchroom procedures, sit with them at lunch, and help introduce them to other students. All new students need to know their counselor is here to support them in this transition and will help any way possible.
What do I do if someone is bullying me?
Contact a staff member immediately. If you are uncomfortable speaking with someone, please have a parent call or e-mail. You may also call/text the tip line at (630) 465-0RMS (0767), which goes directly to the RMS Dean. It MUST be reported because if we don’t know about it, we can’t respond.
What if I can not open my locker?
You may come in the building after registration and begin to practice opening your locker. During the first two weeks of school, administrators, teachers, hall monitors, District coordinators, and counselors are in the hallways to help with lockers. During the school year, there is always a hall monitor or administrator available to open the locker.
Will I be able to choose my classes?
All students take Math, Science, Language Arts, Social Studies, and Lunch/X-Time. Additionally, students take a variety of exploratory classes. Each student takes PE daily (all year) and several other courses (for 12 weeks). Seventh graders are able to choose which foreign language class they will take (French or Spanish) and a technology course (Computers or Design and Modeling). Eighth graders can choose from about 20 different exploratory classes.
Can I drop a class once I am enrolled?
Students typically can not drop a course once it is in their schedule. If there is an error in your schedule, please see your counselor so that it can be corrected. Occasionally, there are scheduling issues that may arise and these can be considered on a case-by-case basis. Deciding that you do not like the class or are not getting along with your teacher is not a reason for a course to be changed. Please carefully consider the courses you select during registration.
What do I do if I have concerns about an issue in a classroom?
The first step is to talk to your teacher and try to resolve the issue. If the issue is not resolved, contact your grade-level counselor and explain the situation.
- Test and Performance Anxiety
- Protecting and Respecting Privacy
- IL Attorney General’s Office on Cyberbullying
- Parent-Child Internet Use Agreement
- Counselor Confidentiality
- A Parents Guide to Depression
- Transition to Middle School
- Fixing Friendships
- LGBT Resources
- Childhood Stress
- Tips for Talking to your Teen
Our Mission Statement
The RMS Counseling Department assists all students in reaching their maximum potential by providing a comprehensive counseling program that addresses academic achievement, social/emotional development, and career readiness. The school counselors are dedicated to helping all students becoming lifelong learners and problem solvers, in collaboration with teachers, administrators, and parents.