Counseling Office


Resources and Distance Learning Updates

Please, click here for helpful information and resources on mental health and Covid-19.

The National Association of School Psychologists has a great article for Talking to Children about Covid-19.  Click here to view it. 

Students and parents/guardians can contact the counseling office staff members during the mandated quarantine. 

Counselors are available via phone, email and video conferencing during the following times: 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.,  1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.

Please, do not call the office as they are physically closed and voicemail boxes are not being monitored. Please check your emails and our (soon to come) Schoology page often for information related to academic needs and social/emotional counseling.

 Student Last Names A-H: Megan Latch

Student Last Names I-Q: Charlie Black

Student Last Names R-Z: Ellen Rademacher

School Social Worker: Maddie Peterson

School Psychologist: Amy Mares

Family Support Worker:  Molly Cirillo

360 Community Worker: Amber Shay

Schoology Parent Information and Infinite Campus Information:
Lori Marsh

Schoology Student Information: Glenda Peak



The Guidance and Counseling Program of District #200 provides developmental as well as pro-active, preventative and remedial services. The program is a cooperative effort involving students, staff members, parents and the community. Its purpose is to empower all learners to lead satisfying and productive lives by assisting them in identifying and achieving educational, career, personal and social goals. We are here to help by working with academic issues, educational and career planning as well as personal concerns.

School counselors are actively committed to helping students explore their abilities, strengths, interests and talents as these traits relate to career awareness and development. 

  1. School counselors help parents focus on ways to further the education, personal and social growth of students. 
  2. School counselors work with teachers and other educators to help students explore their potential and set realistic goals for themselves. 
  3. School counselors seek to identify and utilize community resources that can enhance and complement comprehensive school counseling programs and help students become productive members of society. 

Comprehensive school counseling programs are considered an integral part of the educational process that enables all students to achieve success in school.


  • Individual Counseling
  • Academic Counseling
  • Support Groups
  • Career Exploration
  • Course Planning and Scheduling
  • Transition Groups
  • Special Services Referrals
  • Developmental Guidance Activities


Homework Completion

Study Skills, Organization and Test Taking

Lack of Motivation

Mental Health Resources


Chemical Dependency

Cyber Safety

Eating Disorders

School Refusal

Self-Injurious Behavior

Your counselor is ready to listen. If you have concerns about your family, friends, or even yourself make an appointment to see your counselor. We are here to help.


The counselors give me support in ways that I don't get from

my friends or at home.

~8th Grade Student

The counselors at the Middle School have always been a great resource and source of support when working with our most high risk students.

~Hastings Police Department

Because my friend told my counselor about my problem, I am alive today.

~7th Grade Student

    Families of Incoming 5th Graders! 

    We are really looking forward to your child coming to HMS next year!  

    Click here for a video that will tell you all you need to know about being a 5th grader!!

    If you would like to talk with one of us, we will have open zoom meetings for questions and answers on Wednesday, May 27th at 9:00 AM, 2:00 PM and 7:00 PM. 
    Zoom Meeting ID:
    910 759 708
    Zoom Password:

    If you prefer reading about the transition to HMS, click here.

    If you have any questions, please contact us directly at any time.

    Cell Phone and I
    nternet Safety - Click here to watch a presentation that was given to all 7th and 8th grade students on Wednesday, April 10, 2018.

    Listening Link
    - NOTICE:  The Listening Link is no longer available.  If you have something you need to report, please talk to a trusted adult immediately or call 911 if it is an emergency.