CONTACT US

5201 S Transit Rd
Depew, NY 14043
716-686-5055
Fax 716-686-5056

Office Hours: 7:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m.

Heather Copp
Secretary
716-686-5055
hcopp@depewschools.org

COUNSELORS

Teresa Banasik, M.S.
School Counselor
Grade 6 & CSE students
716-686-5054
tbanasik@depewschools.org

Joanne Ryder, M.S.
School Counselor
Grades 7 & 8
716-686-5052
jryder@depewschools.org

DEPEW MIDDLE SCHOOL COUNSELING CENTER

WE'RE HERE FOR YOU!

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Depew Middle School Profile:
Community:
The village of Depew is located 5 miles east of Buffalo, New York. It has an approximate population of 16,600 residents and 1,857 families. The New York State Thruway exit is Depew #49.

School: Depew Middle School serves approximately 727 students in grades 5-8. The faculty consists of 74 teachers and 2.5 counselors. The school is accredited by the New York State Board of Regents.

A Middle School Counselor is...

  • a New York State certified educator
  • a school person who provides guidance to all student grades 5-8
  • a resource person, coordinator, consultant, group facilitator and teacher
  • a person who assists students, parents, teachers and administrators

The Role of the School Counselor is...

  • To promote confidentiality
  • Work with individuals and groups
  • Help identify needs of students
  • Encourage better inter-personal relationships
  • Promote positive attitudes and choices
  • Assist people in making use of community resources
  • Review test results to provide information about abilities, needs, achievements and interests
  • Coordinate referrals to outside agencies
  • Facilitate small group discussion
  • Participate in curriculum development

Middle School Services Are...

  • Banana Splits (Children of Divorce)
  • Friendship Skills
  • Coping Skills
  • Lunch Bunch Groups
  • Study Skills Groups
  • Conflict Resolutions Groups
  • Peer mediation Training
  • Test interpretation
  • Individual Counseling
  • Separation Anxiety/School Phobia
  • Grief Counseling
  • Children of Alcoholics
  • Parent Workshops (Parent University)
  • AIDS Awareness Program
  • Red Ribbon Week Activities

Who Seeks Helps From Us?

Students...

  • I am new here and I can't seem to make friends.
  • I don't seem to be getting along with my parents.
  • I am worried about my school work and I wonder if I will pass.
  • I do not have a problem. I just want someone to listen to me.
  • I am tired of being harassed by other students.

Teachers/Administrators...

  • Middle School Counselors work closely with classroom teachers and administrators to disseminate the School Counselor program.

Parents... Family issues could include:

  • Academic Performance
  • Adjustment Problems
  • Child Abuse
  • Communication Skills
  • Effects of Divorce
  • Grief Counseling