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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.

Dear Parents:

The month of September all grade levels throughout their science class.  The first lesson is about managing emotions. Students will be learning the steps for staying in control of strong emotions. Students will be taught that emotions come from one part of their brain, but that they also have a thinking part of their bran 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 I do?

Our Second Step Core Curriculum lessons also will focus on skills that will help your child succeed in school and in life. The skills include in this lesson are the following:

  • Empathy
  • Communication
  • Perspective taking
  • Respectful disagreement
  • Assertiveness
  • Emotional management
  • Problem solving

Please feel to ask your student how these strategies are helpful and how they work!

Staying in control helps students get along with others and focus on their schoolwork. Both of these things help them be more successful in school. Thank you for your support in creating a successful learning environment for your student.


Mrs. Eva Avendano, MS, PPS

School Counselor

NOTE:  Make sure to join with the activation key SSP7 FAMI LY23 to watch videos about our Second Step program and get information about what your student is learning.

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