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8 months ago


Kim Tucker, School Counselor


Phone: (540) 465-7403

Ms. Tucker is excited to be working at SKMS this year and is proud to be a new Ramily member. Ms. Tucker received her M. Ed. in school counseling from James Madison University and has had 15 years experience working with students of all ages.

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When not in school, Ms. Tucker enjoys spending time with her family and friends, reading, and being creative.

If students need to make an appointment with me, please fill out this form:

Parents/guardians can reach me by email at or by phone at 540-465-7403.




8 months ago

the school counseling office is here to help! Get in touch with us:

Students can make an appointment with their counselor by filling out this form:

Parents/guardians can get in touch with their student's counselor by email or phone.

For grades 7-8, please contact Jennifer Dwiggins.


phone: 540-465-6832 540-465-7403

For grade 6, please contact Kim Tucker.


phone: 540-465-7403

We look forward to hearing from you!



8 months ago

Jennifer Dwiggins

School Counselor
(540) 465-6832
7-8th grade


Originally from Salisbury, MD, Ms. Dwiggins is excited to be working at Signal Knob Middle School. This is Ms. Dwiggins' second year at Signal Knob. Before joining the Ramily, Ms. Dwiggins received her B.A. in Psychology from Monmouth University and her M. Ed. in School Counseling from The College of William and Mary. 

When she is not in school, Ms. Dwiggins loves to read, travel, and play volleyball. 

Students who need to make an appointment with the counselor can fill out the following form:

Additionally, please feel free to contact Ms. Dwiggins with any questions by email at or by phone at (540) 465-6832.



about 1 year ago


          The Virginia Board of Ed included in its 2009 revisions to the Standards of Accreditation provisions for each middle and high school student to have a personal learning plan that aligns academic and career goals with the student’s course of study.  Beginning this year, all schools are developing a personal Academic and Career Plan for each seventh grade student, to be completed by the fall of the student’s eighth grade year. The Academic and Career Plan is intended to be a living document, meaning that students will review it with guidance staff in the 9th and 11th grade and make changes if needed. It is never to early to begin a career search. Click on the two links below to start your career search!


Career lunch and learns will be once a month during each grade level's lunches. Career talks will be given by parents and community members. Career talks are designed to give our students more information about different career paths and get them thinking about what they want to do when they grow up.

The SKMS guidance department is always looking for volunteers to speak about their careers! If you are a parent or community member interested in giving a career talk to our students, please contact us at 465-6832.


          Under Virginia law, students 14 and 15 years of age may be employed outside of regular school hours, with certain limitations. Click here for additional information and appropriate application forms.


At various points of the year, the School Counselors plan to offer student support groups addressing specific student needs.  These support groups typically meet once a week for 6 to 8 weeks, and may include, but are not limited to, the following topics:

  • Changing Families
  • Making and Keeping Friends
  • Study Skills Success
  • Social Skills
  • Stress Management
  • Loss and Grief
  • Conflict Resolution
  • Goal Setting
  • Class Selection for High School

SKMS Counseling Program Philosophy and Beliefs

about 1 year ago

The counselors at Signal Knob Middle School believe that:

~ All students have dignity and worth.  We support their personal and social development through a myriad of interactions including individual, group, and classroom instruction.

~ All students can be successful learners.  They have the right and ability to learn, but not necessarily on the same day and in the same way.

~ The counselors’ primary purpose is to advocate for the student.

~ The counseling program is a critical component within the school system and is integral to the academic, personal/social, and career development success of each student.

~ Parents, teachers, administrators, support specialists and community providers are valuable assets to the counseling program.

~ School counseling programs adhere to the Standards for School Counseling Programs in Virginia Public Schools and to the American School Counselor Association’s Code of Ethics and Standards of Practice.

~ The counseling program is available to all enrolled students.

~ Consultation, collaboration, counseling, and classroom guidance are all essential components of a successful counseling program.

Our goal as a counseling program is to increase attendance, improve academic performance, and engage students in their career exploration by assisting in removing barriers that directly and indirectly affect their progress.

In an effort to meet the ever changing needs of our diverse student population, the counseling program at Signal Knob Middle School will continuously be improved through systemic review and evaluation of data pertaining to student performance and graduation rates.


All Signal Knob Middle School Students are eligible to receive the benefits of a school counseling program that is developmental in nature, preventive in design, and comprehensive in scope. As an integral part of the total educational program, school counselors ensure access to services so that every student is challenged and supported to reach his/her highest potential.

Mission Statement

The mission of the Signal Knob Middle School Counseling Program is to provide a comprehensive and developmental program that addresses the academic, career, and personal/social needs of each student. Counseling services are provided through a classroom curriculum, group and individual counseling, and crisis intervention. In partnership with educators, parents, and the community, our school counselors work to prepare our diverse student population to be adaptive learners in our ever changing society.


Comprehensive Guidance Program Components

Adapted from the American School Counselor Association (ASCA National Model, 2003)


The guidance curriculum component consists of planned experiences presented systematically through classroom and group activities K-12. The purpose of the guidance curriculum is to provide each student in our schools with the skills needed to address their academic, career, and social needs. While counselors’ responsibilities include the organization and implementation of the guidance curriculum, the cooperation of the administration and entire faculty and staff is necessary for its successful implantation. The guidance curriculum is delivered through: Classroom Activities: School counselors provide instruction, team teach, or assist in teaching the school guidance curriculum, learning activities, or units in the classroom, career center, or other school facilities. Group Activities: School counselors conduct groups outside the classroom to respond to students’ identified needs. Parent Workshops and Instruction: School counselors conduct workshops and informational sessions for parents or guardians to address the needs of the school community and to reflect the student school guidance curriculum.


Individual planning consists of school counselors coordinating activities designed to help individual students establish personal goals and develop future plans. School counselors coordinate activities that help each student plan, monitor, and manage their academic, career, and social development. These activities are generally delivered on an individual basis or in small groups. Individual planning is implemented through: Individual Appraisal: School counselors work with students analyzing and evaluating students’ abilities, interests, skills, and achievement. Test information and other data are the basis for assisting students to develop immediate and long-range plans. Individual Advisement: School counselors advise students using personal/social, educational, and career information in planning personal, educational, and occupational goals. The involvement of parents and the school community in this process is important.


Responsive services consist of activities to meet the immediate needs and concerns of students. These concerns may require counseling, consultation, referral, peer mediation, or information. This component is available to all students and is often parent and/or student-initiated. School counselors have special training and skills to respond to these needs and concerns. However the cooperation and support of the staff are necessary for successful implementation. Responsive services are delivered through: Counseling: School counseling is a short-term helping process. It is provided on a small-group or individual basis for students expressing difficulties dealing with relationships or personal concerns which may interfere with academic success. School counseling assists students in identifying problems, causes and possible consequences so that appropriate choices are considered. Crisis counseling is available to address traumatic unforeseen events. Consultation: School counselors consult with parents, staff, and other school and community groups regarding strategies to help students. School counselors serve as student advocates. Referrals: School counselors assist in making referrals to outside agencies. The counselor may act as an advocate for the student, assisting them as they make contacts with these agencies. Peer Facilitation: Counselors train students as peer mediators, conflict managers, and mentors. The techniques of peer mediation and conflict resolution are used to help students learn how to make changes in the way they get along with others.


System support consists of management activities that establish, maintain and enhance the total school counseling program. In addition to the professional development activities in which counselors participate, this component is implemented and carried out through: Consultation: Counselors consult with teachers, staff members, and parents/guardians regularly in order to provide information, to support the school community, and to receive feedback on emerging needs of students. Advisory Councils: School counselors serve on school committees, curriculum committees, committees and advisory boards as a way to support programs in the school and community. Community Outreach: School counselors are knowledgeable about community resources, referral agencies, field trip sites, employment opportunities and local labor market information. This may involve counselors visiting appropriate sites. Program Management and Operations: Counselors plan and manage tasks necessary to support the activities included in the comprehensive guidance program. Counselors also orient staff and community to the guidance program through newsletters, guidance webpages, local media, and school-community presentations.

Peer Mediation
Peer Mediation is a process in which two students trained in conflict resolution, called Mediators, lead two of their schoolmates through a process that helps them solve their conflict. The Mediators do not solve the problem, the students in conflict do. The process is totally voluntary, and does not involve punishment. Anyone may make a referral to mediation, including teachers, classmates, and the students in the conflict. Referral forms are available in the Guidance Office and in the Library.

Community Resources

over 2 years ago

Department of Social Services  459-6226 
Shenandoah County Department of Health
Northwestern Community Services  
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline
Center for Hope Counseling
Shenandoah County Free Clinic
Shenandoah Co. Dental Clinic (Medicaid)
Healthy Families    
Blue Ridge Hospice  540-665-5210
Shenandoah Co. Pregnancy Center984-4673
Compassion Cupboard of Strasburg