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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:


Dear Seahawk Family:


On Wednesday, 10/31 School Counselor- Mrs. Avendano will begin the Second Step Lesson for 7th graders. The Second Step Lesson is on how to manage emotions and coping with stress.  When emotions are intense, it is hard to think straight, and students can make bad decisions.  Strong feelings of anger can lead to aggression and violence.  Students can also struggle to make good choices when they experience strong feelings of sadness, jealousy, anxiety, or even happiness.

Your student is learning the Steps for Staying in Control of strong emotions.  Students are learning that emotions come from an automatic part of their brain, but that they also have a thinking part of their brain that helps them stay in control.

The Steps for Staying in Control are:

Notice.  Recognize your physical and mental signs.

Pause.  Use your signal.

Think twice.  Use your brain.

Calm down if necessary.  Use your calming-down strategies.

Reflect.  How did you do?


Ask your student about the steps.  Help your student remember to pause and think twice before doing something he or she might regret.

The strategies for calming down are useful for anyone, adult or teen.  They are:

Doing something physically active.

Doing something relaxing.

Thinking about something else (like counting to ten).

Using centered breathing.

Using positive self-talk.


Ask your student to show you how these works!  Staying in control helps students get along with others, cope with stressful situations, and focus on their schoolwork.  These things help them be more successful in school.  Thank you for your support in creating a successful learning environment for your student.


Eva Avendano, MS, PPS

School Counselor

P.S.  Make sure to join with the activation key SSP7 FAMI LY23

SMS Comprehensive School Counseling Program


Comprehensive School Counseling Program Annual Report 2017-2018



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 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: