The PLT Middle School Counseling Program is designed to focus on improving school climate and increasing academic performance. Services are provided through individual counseling, group counseling, and classroom lessons and activities.
PLTMS administers a variety of assessments throughout the school year to assess student progress. A current description of each and the dates of administration are available by clicking here.
The transition from Tampico Elementary School to PLT Middle School begins in April when the PLT Middle School Counselor visits each of the fifth-grade classrooms to present transition information. During this time, information is presented through a Powerpoint presentation and classroom activities. Students also have the opportunity to ask questions about PLT Middle School.
In May the fifth-grade students visit PLTMS for the afternoon. During the visit, various staff members speak about "What to Expect at PLTMS" and "How To Be Successful At PLTMS." After the staff members speak, the students get a tour of the building from current students so they get a better feel for what to expect when they come to sixth grade. Students also have the opportunity to meet their the sixth-grade teachers and visit a classroom while class is taking place.
In August, prior to school starting, PLTMS hosts a sixth-grade orientation Night for students and their parents. At orientation, the PLTMS principal speaks to the students and parents in the gym about middle school. The students are given their schedule, locker numbers and locker combinations. The students and their parents then have the opportunity to explore PLT Middle School to practice following their schedules, opening their padlocks, and placing their school items in their locker. The teachers are also in their classrooms during the orientation to allow parents and students to meet the teachers and ask any questions that they may have. During this orientation, the school office is also open for any registration or scheduling questions.