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Counselor's Corner

School Counselor- Eva Avendano

Middle School is an exciting and challenging time for students. Counselor- Mrs. Avendano is available to assist students in meeting their social or emotional needs by providing classroom guidance and short-term individual and group counseling. If you are a student and would like to meet with your school counselor, just fill out a student counseling referral. The student counseling referral can be found in the counseling locker section or you can request one in the front office. Please feel free to contact your school counselor at 949-498-1660, with any questions or concerns:


Vision Statement: Counseling Program

The vision of Shorecliffs Middle School’s  school counseling program is to educate and inspire all students as they develop social-emotional, academic and career competencies needed to reach their fullest educational potential.  Students will successfully manage their lives as healthy, responsible, competent and productive citizens who respect themselves and others.


Mission Statement: Counseling Program

The mission of Shorecliffs comprehensive school counseling program is to support the whole child. This data-driven program will address the social/emotional, academic and college/career readiness needs of all students. The school counselor will ensure equity by advocating for all students through collaboration with parents, teachers, administrators and community members. The school counselor

will educate and inspire all students to achieve personal and academic success to meet the challenges of a rapidly changing world, while creating a positive school culture and climate.


Counselor with appreciative students

Shorecliffs Comprehensive School Counseling Program Beliefs Statements

  • The school counseling program focuses on student learning and utilizes a data-driven comprehensive school counseling program to meet the needs of every student.
  • All Students regardless of ability, age, gender, ethnicity, or sexual orientation- shall have equal access to all services (academic, career, and social/emotional) provided by the counseling program and the school.
  • The School Counseling Program serves a central role in meeting students’ developmental needs through interventions in academic, career and personal/social domains.
  • All Students have strengths that can be applied to achieve their goals.
  • All students learn best when positive relationships are present and fostered by all educational stakeholders.
  • The school, home, and community are equally responsible for educational development of our students.
  • School Counselors are leaders and change agents in school culture and academic achievement.
  • School Counselors must be advocates for every student.
  • School Counselors develop positive relationships and recognize each student’s special talents to help them achieve goals.
  • All students have significance and worth.
March: 6th Grade Study Skills Lesson

Dear Seahawk Family,


On Tuesday, 3/05 School Counselor- Mrs. Avendano will present to all 6th grade students during Science class a lesson on “Study Skills”. The purpose of the Study Skills Lesson is to help students build and improve certain critical learning, social and self-management skills. This goal focused and skill-building lesson is about developing skills considered necessary to be successful in school. The lesson focuses on two important areas:

a)         How to make school work easier and more interesting by developing goal setting, organization and how to increase/maintain motivation by monitoring academic progress.

b)         How to develop life skills, which include social and team work skills and how to manage conflicts, stress and anger. This presentation is preparing our students to be goal focused and skill-building needed to reach their fullest educational potential.  School Counselor Mrs. Avendano role is to help students identify any challenges that hinder their academic performance.

Thank you for your support in creating a successful learning environment for your student.


Eva Avendano, MS, PPS

School Counselor





SMS Comprehensive School Counseling Program

Vision statement handout

Comprehensive School Counseling Program Annual Report 2017-2018

Comprehensive annual school report handout

2017 - 2018 Handout

SMS Counseling Referral Link

Shorecliffs Middle School- PBIS School

Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports (PBIS) is a proactive approach to establishing the behavioral supports and social culture and needed for all students in a school to achieve social, emotional and academic success.PBIS Silver Award



PBIS Tiers of Supports

Counselor Introduction to Second Step Program

Second Step-  School Counseling Curriculum


The research-based, comprehensive Second Step program teaches important life skills in age-appropriate ways. Second Step program helps schools teach and model essential communication, coping, and decision-making skills. The program benefits the school by reduced aggression and support for a more inclusive environment that helps students stay in school, make good choices, and experience social and academic success. 


This School-year 2017-2018 lessons will be presented to each grade level:

  • 6th Grade:
    • Working in Groups
    • Emotions: Brains and Body
    • Calming Down Strategies
    • Study Skills


  • 7th Grade:
    • Coping with Stress
    • SOS
    • Study Skills


  • 8th Grade:
    • Coping with Stress
    • De-escalating a Tense Situation
    • Study Skills

Second Step Video Intro:

CF Children Second-Step Success Stories Austin