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
A Note From
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,
Group/Individual Career Exploration and Readiness-Academic
planning, Career awareness, Decision-Making, Personal/Social skills
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).
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
-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.