To encourage, strengthen and advocate for our students' social/emotional, career and academic development through a continuum support of services. This includes individual counseling, classroom guidance lessons, group facilitation, academic empowerment activities, career exploration and overall mentorship for all students at Bancroft Middle School.
Our work includes but is not limited to:
-Instructing guidance lessons on high school (A-G) graduation requirements
-Facilitating conflict resolutions and crisis interventions
-Interpreting aptitude testing and assessments
-Facilitating small groups
-Collaborating with parents, guardians, teachers, support staff, and administration
-Teaching students how to differentiate among various educational institutions
-Familiarizing students with higher education application processes
-Encouraging special talents and development of positive attitudes
-Assisting students in planning for his/her educational and vocational choices
School counselors can enhance student achievement and well-being through the use of data. They measure progress through pre- and post- assessments and many other outcome data.
The counseling team presents guidance lessons to every sixth grader on organization and time management skills. This helps students to be equipped for college.
Organization is an important skill to have. It improves how students approach their work. This skill is known to lead to academic success.
After the guidance lesson, 80% of students said they were "very confident" or "confident" with staying organized.
After the guidance lesson, students were able to answer questions related to organization and time management more accurately. Students answered 97% of the post-test questions correctly after the lesson.
Social Emotional Development
In collaboration with the organization Beyond Differences, the counseling team implemented a school-wide campaign named "Be Kind Online" to teach students to build healthy relationships over email and social media.
The school counseling team held a Be Kind Online Campaign on October 23, 2015. Over 25% of the school signed a pledge to Be Kind Online.This campaign helped bring awareness to cyber bullying and online safety. Through this campaign students received a wide range of resources that they may refer to if they had any questions or concerns.
Every quarter we organize "No One Eats Alone Day". This day promotes school spirit, dialogue on bullying, and encourages students to reach out to each other. This day also serves to promote the movement to end social isolation.
We organize college campus tours so every single eighth grader at Bancroft will be able to tour a campus.
In collaboration with Advancement Via Individual Determination (AVID) students, the counseling team holds Binder Clinics multiple times per quarter to assist students with organizing their backpack and binders. Organization skills lay a solid foundation for academic success.
The Student Study Center is organized by the counseling team; we work together as tutors, coordinators and mentors for over 100 of our student participants. It offers a quiet environment with available help in math, science, English, history and many more subjects.
Boys and Girls Club: After School Education Safety (ASES): A tutoring and mentoring program.
Our Partners and Programs
Alameda County Social Services Agency: Children and family services for mental and physical health.
Davis Street Family Resource Center: A resource center offering comprehensive services to families
East Bay Agency for Children: Associate social workers (ASW) and marriage family therapist interns (MFTIs) are onsite to offer mental health services to students who need additional services.
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Advancement via Individual Determination classes work hard to close the achievement gap by preparing all students for success.
Our multidisciplinary team works hard to serve our students with passion, empathy, multicultural understanding and dedication.
Principal- Valentin del Rio
2 Years; BS, MA, TC, AS, BCLAD
Vice Principal- Jeffrey Miles
Vice Principal- Julie Thomas
4.5 Years; BA, MA, TC, AS
School Counselor- Maya Taylor
School Counselor- Thuy Minh "Mimi" Nguyen
School Counselor in-training- Jennifer Yu
School Counselor in-training- Rebecca Woo
School Counselor in-training- Trena Nashir
School Psychologist- Cindy Perales
10 Years; BA, MA, PPS, TC, EDS
School Psychologist in-training- Olivia Moody
Mental Health Therapist- Mirely Vasquez
Marriage Family Therapist (MFT) Intern- Daniella Dib
Marriage Family Therapist (MFT) Intern- Katie Meyers
3 Years; BS, MS, AACS, MFTC
Parent Facilitator- Joanna Garcia
Office Manager- Isabelle Rodrigues
Attendance Clerk- Beatriz Rodriguez
Clerk/Records Manager- Ebado Ismail