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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.
December Core Curriculum Lesson

SOS Counseling Curriculum Lesson - Signs of Suicide and Depression


Dear Parent or Guardian:


The teen years are marked by a roller-coaster of emotions.  It can be easy to misread depression as normal adolescent turmoil; however, depression and anxiety appear to be occurring more often and at a much earlier age.  Depression, the most common of mental illnesses, can lead to suicidal thoughts and actions.  In fact, suicide is the second leading cause of death among those 14-24 years of age.  The good news is that depression can be treated and cured, and suicide can be prevented.


To proactively address this issue, we are presenting the Capistrano Unified School District Board approved Signs of Suicide curriculum and Brief Screening for Adolescent Depression (BSAD) to all 7th grade students at Shorecliffs Middle School. This program has been used by thousands of schools in the USA for over twelve years.  Data shows that this program increases awareness of depression and help-seeking behaviors of adolescents.  As a result, it has helped reduce suicide attempts. 


Our goals in presenting this program are straightforward:


  • To help our students understand that depression is treatable and help them assess whether or not they may have symptoms consistent with depression
  • To explain that suicide is preventable that often occurs as a result of untreated depression
  • To provide students training in how to identify serious depression and potential suicidal behaviors in themselves and their friends
  • To impress upon teens that they can help themselves or a friend by taking the simple step of talking to a responsible adult about their concerns.


Eva Avendano, the school counselor at Shorecliffs Middle School will be presenting the SOS curriculum and the BSAD brief screening for Adolescent Depression in 7th Grade Social Science classes on Tuesday, December 17th. Ms. Avendano will provide handouts on the symptoms of depression and suicidal behavior, show a 25 minute video in which teen actors model how to recognize and gain help for depression and suicidal behavior for themselves or their peers, and provide a self-administered screening tool for students to determine if they might be experiencing characteristics of depression or risk of suicide. School counselors will review the BSAD screening tool and speak with any student who self-reported a ranking indicating a likelihood for depression or risk of suicide, or express an interest in speaking to the school counselor. Parents/Guardians will be informed if their child meets with a counselor along with any recommendations for additional support.


We encourage parents and guardians to speak with your son or daughter after the presentation.  If you have any questions or concerns about this program, please contact Mrs. Avendano at Shorecliffs Middle School.

If you do not want your child to participate in this curriculum, please sign the following Non-Consent form and return it to Mrs. Avendano.



Dr. Chris Davis                                                    Eva Avendano, MS,PPS                           

Principal                                                                                     School Counselor                                                  


SMS Comprehensive School Counseling Program

Vision statement handout

Comprehensive School Counseling Program Annual Report 2018-2019

Comprehensive School Counseling

Data driven group counseling

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 Coalition Platinum
SOAR PBIS 2019 Video
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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