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Guidance Department
Mrs. Marllyn Duncan, M.Ed., LPC-S, NBCT
Mr. Jeff Rae, M.Ed., CDF
Mrs. Joy Moats, Data Coordinator
Parent Resources
Connecting with the School Counselor - For parents, the middle school years are some of the most exciting and challenging times. Get to know your child's counselors and allow them to help you and your child. Follow the link to see what the American School Counseling Association (ASCA) has to say about the importance of connecting with your school counselor.

What Parents Can Do to Help Their Child Succeed

Be sure your child has adequate school supplies and a place to study.
Make studying and completing homework a top priority.
Help your child set specific academic goals to work toward at the beginning of each grading period.
Insist that your child attend school each day.
Attend all parent programs offered by the school.
Be sure to look at all midterm grade reports and report cards.
Encourage a healthy lifestyle.
Help your child with organizational skills and time management.
Establish logical rewards and consequences for behavior.
Encourage your child to get involved in school activities.
Encourage independent problem-solving.
Provide academic support.
Communicate and work with the school and teachers on a regular basis.

Parenting Help for Teen Issues
Each year we learn about new issues that our young people are facing on a daily basis. The following links can provide you with general information. If you need more information please contact your child's school counselor.

Understanding Teen Cutting and Self-Harm
Protecting Your Child on the Internet
Understanding Anxiety in Children and Teens
Helping Middle School Girls Navigate their Social Lives
Career Development
Personal Pathways to Success

Career development is an important function of a comprehensive developmental guidance and counseling program.

Students at Riverside Middle School are given a variety of opportunities to explore the available career clusters, understand the correlation between academics and the world of work, and develop the skills necessary to be successful in high school and beyond.

Student Opportunities

Classroom Guidance which includes Interest Inventory assessments through the South Carolina Occupational Information System (SCOIS) program
Participation in the Anderson, Oconee, Pickens Business and Industry Showcase
Guest speakers from a wide variety of career areas
College visits which include technical schools, public and private universities
Military presentations
On-site and virtual job shadowing
Visits to the Pendleton High School Career and Technology Education (CATE) classes which also assist in the transition from middle to high school
Individual Graduation Plan meetings with all 8th graders and their parents/ guardians

Career Development Resources


CIS - South Carolina Career Information System is an excellent resource for students to use to explore careers and find information regarding employment outlook, colleges and universities and military options. Click on the link to access the website. Contact the Guidance Office for assistance if needed.

Career Aisle - Career Aisle is available through South Carolina Education Television offers career videos and research tools for middle school students, parents and educators.

Occupational Outlook Handbook - (OOH) This information is provided by the United States Bureau of Labor and and Statistics. A great resource for nationwide career information.

Today's Military Careers - This is an up-to-date website featuring information about opportunities in the military.

Career One-Stop - This website is sponsored by the U.S. Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration.

College Campus Tours - This website allows you to research colleges across the United States.

Career Coach - This website is offered through Tri-County Technical College to assist you in researching careers and career development.
Summer Programs
Summer enrichment programs are an excellent opportunity for students explore interest areas and further develop leadership skills to enhance their education. We receive information from around the state about programs offered for middle school school students. Please take a look at the programs below and contact the Riverside Middle School Guidance office at 864-403-2200, if you would like more information about these programs.

Clemson University Summer Scholars
This summer program offers exciting experiences for academically talented middle and high school students from across the globe. Some of the courses include, but are not limited to, Audio Engineering and music production, Microbiology, Construction Management, Vet Camp and Multi-Media Journalism. For more information visit the Clemson University website at .

University of South Carolina Master Scholars Adventure Series
This summer program offers an exciting array of eighteen (18) one-week courses that explore subjects not taught at the middle or high school level. Topics which include Adventures in Law, Pharmacy, Forensic Science, etc. For more information visit the USC website at .

Clemson University Project WISE (STEM) Academic Summer Camp
A residential summer learning program for rising 7th and 8th grade girls. For one week, participants take part in a variety of activities and non-credit mini-classes, all designed to nurture girls' interest in the fields of math, science and engineering. For more information visit the Clemson website at or contact the Guidance Office.

Clemson University "We Do Math!" summer camp
Designed for rising 9th and 10th grade girls who have an interest and demonstrated ability to succeed in math.This camp will bring students from all across the state to take mini-courses in math, PSAT test strategies and other STEM-based classes. For more information visit the Clemson website at we_do_math.html .

Columbia College Summer Leadership Institute
"Step Up" - Designed for rising 9th grade girls "ready to embrace the courage to build a foundation for leadership. Girls will learn about the four steps of leadership and discover how to work with other in their age group."
Girls must be nominated by their school.For more information visit the Columbia College Summer Leadership website or contact the Guidance Office.

Summer Programs at the SC Governor's School for the Arts and Humanities
Summer students experience the challenges and rewards of intensive arts training. The summer faculty is made up of practicing artists who are dedicated to nurturing creative potential. Summer students have the opportunity to showcase their work in end-of-session recitals, readings and presentations. While learning discipline and craft from instructors who are practicing artists, they also form bonds with emerging artists from all the art areas in a supportive and engaging environment.

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Guidance Philosophy

over 2 years ago

Riverside Middle School guidance department focuses on the well being of the total child. Our primary purpose is to help all students develop career, academic, social and emotional strategies and goals that will help students be successful in school and in the world. Since adolescence is such a critical time in the life of your child, it is very important for all of us to work as a team for the well being and success of your child.

By Misty McAdams

Community Programs offered through the Guidance Department

over 2 years ago

In addition to in-house services, the Guidance Department also offers several community services. These include:

  • Project Alternative- Anderson District Four reaps the benefits of a county wide counselor's services during the school day. This program is supported by the Anderson County Board of Education and local school districts.
  • School-Based Mental Health Services- Anderson Mental Health Child, Adolescent and Family Services provides a counselor/social worker to assist students and their families.
  • Pack4 - A program coordinated by area churches to help provide school supplies for families in need.
  • Magi - A program coordinated by area churches to assist families with Christmas needs.

By Misty McAdams

Services Provided By Counselor

over 2 years ago

The Guidance Department is available to serve both students and parents through a variety of services. Some of these services include:

  • Consultation with outside agencies to assist families in need

  • Mentor programs; education; incentives and awards programs

  • Liaison between students, parents, teachers, and administrators

  • Individual and group counseling

  • Crisis counseling

  • Career counseling and planning

  • Scheduling and placement

  • Orientation of new students

  • Students records

  • Referrals to services within the community


By Misty McAdams