Our students at Rockwood Middle School have access to our guidance counselor.  Students (unless enrolled in band) have been enrolled in a 9-week course at some point during the school year.  This class is dedicated to helping students better understand the concept: Be Ready!  Be Responsible!  Be Respectful!  The activities will promote student growth and teamwork, and they will count for a grade for the nine weeks.  Students are held accountable to participate and to apply these skills in core classes and within the community.


In addition to Guidance, students have the opportunity to speak with Ms. Sams as needed  for any reason.  Ms. Sams is dedicated to the mental, social, and academic success for our students.  If for any reason you have any questions or would like to schedule a conference, please contact Ms. Sams by way of the school's phone number or her email address, which is available under the RMS Staff Tab on the left hand side of the school website's homepage.


A Note From Ms. Sams-

On this page you will find lots of information and many links to assist you with making your middle school student's experience a good one. The RMS guidance and counseling program is an integral part of each student's educational experience.

It is the vision of this program to promote the academic, career, and personal/social development of all RMS students by building a foundation for student learning, academic and social success in a clean, safe, and secure environment. The vision of Roane County Schools is also to provide a similar environment with parent involvement and high standards for all where students achieve excellence in academics, athletics, and the arts and care about the welfare of others. Rockwood Middle School, as well as Roane County Schools, strives to have all students complete high school and continue their education throughout their lives.

Guidance counseling is a process that helps individuals discover and develop their educational, vocational, and psychological potentials and eventually achieve their optimal level of personal happiness and responsible citizenry. Hopefully, all students at RMS will engage in experiences that will serve both their own interests and those of society. The American School Counselor Association (ASCA) National model provides the framework for guidance and counseling services at RMS. This framework is infused with concepts that promote and enhance student success through academic achievement, leadership, collaboration, resiliency, systemic change, character development, and community service.

To achieve our school mission, which is to inspire students to be lifelong learners who are ethical contributing citizens, the guidance and counseling program of RMS will be an advocate for students and work collaboratively with students, parents, teachers, administrators, and community partners. These guiding principles are aligned with the Roane County School District goals to provide an environment supported by rigorous standards that enables students to have a first class education and become successful, thinking, caring, and productive citizens.

Student, school, and district goals provide the basis of Rockwood Middle School's guidance and counseling program. The goals for Rockwood Middle School's program are as follows: development of school success skills, career awareness and educational planning, decision making and problem solving, interpersonal and communication skills, understanding of self and others, understanding attitudes and behaviors of self and others, and understand changing environments. The Roane County Schools goals also state the desire to provide a high quality instructional program for all students in a safe, secure facility with strong parent and community involvement.

Rockwood Middle School's guidance and counseling program is designed to serve all students. Strategies and methods to reach all students will include but not be limited to group/individual guidance, prevention, teacher consultation, counseling, advisement, parent collaboration, and referral. Program decision-making and monitoring of student success is basically data driven and constrained within our school's financial budget. The program components include the following services:

Counseling Services - Individual/group, preventive or Remedial, Crisis Intervention, Referrals from students/self, parents, teachers, others;

Group/Individual Career Exploration and Readiness-Academic planning, Career awareness, Decision-Making, Personal/Social skills development;

Consultation Services - Students, teachers, parents, administrators, community agencies/members;

Coordination of Services - Registration of New Students, Student Records (Cumulative, transfer, etc), Resource Referrals, 504 Plans, Conferences, Academic Planning, Orientation Programs, TNReady Testing, TNReady Writing Assessment, Data and Test Results, Transition (From elementary to high school).


Frequently Asked Questions-

1)  My family and I will soon be moving into the area. What do I need to register my child and help make a smooth transition into Rockwood Middle School?

-The records you will need for registration will be a TN Immunization Record (go to county health department to get out of state immunizations transferred to a TN Immunization Record), grades from your previous school (you must have grades if transferring after the beginning of the school year or you will not be allowed to register), legal documents showing guardianship, social security number, proof of residence for RMS.

-Call and set up a tour of the school with your child and take advantage of any orientation programs that are available.

-Please alert the school counselor to any problems that may have impeded your child's progress in the past or other concerns that you may have regarding the transition process to RMS.

2)  How can I communicate with teachers and/or the counselor to check on my child's progress or behavior?

-Parents/Guardians are encouraged to communicate with teachers about their child's progress and behavior. 

-Attending back-to-school and orientation programs can provide valuable information. 

-To arrange a meeting with your child's teachers, call the guidance counselor (354-0931) and set up a conference that will help you to monitor their progress.

-Many teachers will email or call if you provide an email address or phone number.

-Students are also given a Daily Agenda Book for writing down daily assignments and important dates. If you write a message in the Agenda Book, please request that it be signed and return to you to assure that the correct person read your note.

3)  My child is interested in trying out for an athletic team, joining a club, or becoming involved with school activities. What should he/she do to join?

-All students are encouraged to participate in extra-curricular activities. Club announcements regarding meetings, etc are made over the intercom and posted online. Have your child talk to the coach or club sponsor for more information.