Roberta McKay: Elementary and Middle School Peer Groups, Individual Counseling, Middle School Teacher

Abbie McKitrick Elementary & Middle School Counselor

Mike Speck: 7-12 School Counselor

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The counseling department at Ennis Schools provides support to students throughout the year in the following areas:

Improving Academic and Social Skills
Mrs. McKay visits elementary and middle school classes on a regular basis for "Peer Groups." The time (usually 50 minutes) is geared toward helping students become better students, friends, and citizens. Mrs. McKay uses a variety of games, simulations, team-building activities, and problem-solving situations for students to gain a better sense of how they can positively interact with peers and adults and become better students.

Individual Counseling
There may be a time when students need to visit with an adult about problems that are affecting their lives. Both Mrs. McKay and Mr. Speck visit with students individually to work through life's challenges that may include:

  • Falling behind in school / study skills / poor grades

  • Divorce

  • Death in the family

  • Making and maintaining friends

  • Understanding socially appropriate behaviors

  • Eating disorders

  • Depression

Families may decide to seek outside professional counseling services in coordination with or in place of school counseling services. School counselors are happy to assist with finding a professional counselor.

Career and College Readiness
Mr. Speck works with high school students to prepare for life after high school. Each student will be involved in the following activities in school to help them to become college and career ready:

  • Complete the MCIS Interest Inventory

    *After the Interest Inventory, each student will determine their strongest interest areas and find careers that match their interests

    Juniors will be taking the ACT assessment on April 10th, 2024.

  • Research educational programs that offer degrees, certificates, or training for their desired career(s).

  • Receive information on available scholarships and programs for students. Each student will have a personal mailbox in which to receive this information.

  • College and Recruiter Visits - several times a month, colleges and recruiters visit EHS providing students with information about their programs. These visits are optional for

  • Fall Tour College Fair - Each fall the senior class travels to Butte to attend the College Fair where students can ask questions of many different 4-year schools, 2-year schools, and recruiters all in the same place. They also tour campus to learn about college life.

  • Career Day at EHS - Students are able to hear from professionals about a variety of occupations that might be of interest to them.

  • Much of Ms. Diehl's Life Skills course is dedicated to helping seniors become college and career ready. In Ms. Diehl's class, seniors gain experience with resume building, job and college applications, interviewing, scholarship applications, financial aid
    applications, money management, budgeting, and much more. A special thanks to Ms. Diehl!