Counselor
Mrs. Crystal Varnon, the counselor at Rainbow Middle School partners with the students, parents, teachers, and community members to ensure everyone has access to and benefits from the Rainbow Middle School's Comprehensive Counseling and Guidance Program. A brief summary of the program's components are described below. To read the plan in its entirety,  click here. 

The 2020 - 2021 advisory committee listed below, utilized student, parent, and teacher surveys to collect data to determine the current needs of Rainbow Middle School’s diverse population.

Rainbow Middle School Advisory Committee 

Principal Allison Lee

Assistant Principal Dr. Daniel Sigler

Counselor Crystal Varnon

Social Worker Cindy Kirkland

Contract Therapist Carol Costner

Faculty Amy Barron

Staff Joy Blankenship

Parent Robyn Driskell

Student Lola Phillips

Community Member Luke Parker

The data from the surveys has been analyzed to ensure the opportunities and activities that are implemented during the 2020-2021 school year are data driven and purposeful. You can view the data below.

Student Survey Results
Forms response chart. Question title: Grade. Number of responses: 108 responses.

Forms response chart. Question title: Gender. Number of responses: 107 responses.

Forms response chart. Question title: Check the following PERSONAL skills if you would like help.. Number of responses: 53 responses.

Forms response chart. Question title: Check the following SCHOOL concerns if you would like help.. Number of responses: 61 responses.


Parent Survey Results

Forms response chart. Question title: I am aware of the various ways the school counselor can help me with a student's concern.. Number of responses: 20 responses.
Forms response chart. Question title: My school counselor is willing to listen to concerns and offer suggestions.. Number of responses: 20 responses.

Forms response chart. Question title: My school counselor is respectful.. Number of responses: 20 responses.
Forms response chart. Question title: My school counselor is genuinely concerned and has the best interest of my student's needs.. Number of responses: 20 responses.
Forms response chart. Question title: Please choose the top 5 topics below that you would like additional information from your counselor.. Number of responses: 20 responses.

Teacher Survey Results

Forms response chart. Question title: Academic Skills. Number of responses: 14 responses.
Forms response chart. Question title: Emotional Skills. Number of responses: 14 responses.
Forms response chart. Question title: Personal Skills. Number of responses: 14 responses.

Forms response chart. Question title: Social Skills. Number of responses: 14 responses.
Forms response chart. Question title: Career Skills. Number of responses: 12 responses.
Forms response chart. Question title: External Concerns. Number of responses: 10 responses.

The counseling program’s components are geared toward achieving student success in academic, career, and personal/social development. Lessons are provided in a variety of ways such as Whole Group Lessons, Small Group Activities, and Individual Counseling Sessions.

Topics for curriculum activities are listed below in the annual/monthly counseling schedule. These topics are presented using research based resources such as the Thrive Way Peer Helpers Program, P.A.T.H. Curriculum and Why Try Resilience for Youth. 

Rainbow Middle School

Counseling Plan

2020 - 2021 

August

6th Grade: Spread Kindness, Not Germs

7th Grade: Spread Kindness, Not Germs

8th Grade: Spread Kindness, Not Germs

September

6th Grade: Bullying

7th Grade: Understanding Bullying

8th Grade: Recognizing Bullying

October

6th Grade: How Does My Character Look

7th Grade: Harmful Effects of Use and Abuse and Dependency and Getting Help

8th Grade: Peer Pressure

 

November

6th Grade: Keeping Safe

7th Grade: Witness

8th Grade: Types Of Abuse

December

6th Grade: My Life Events and Coping Skills

7th Grade: Understanding and Coping with Abuse

8th Grade: Effects of Abuse

January

6th Grade: Decisions, Decisions, Decisions

7th Grade: Healthy Relationships and Refusal Skills

8th Grade: Healthy Relationships

 

February

6th Grade: My Go To People

7th Grade: Your Digital Footprint

8th Grade: Cyberbullying: The New Bathroom Wall

 

March

6th Grade: My Voice, My Actions

7th Grade: Health Includes Mental Health

8th Grade: Addiction: Spotlight Alcohol and Vaping

April

6th Grade: Out in Cyberspace

7th Grade: Self Harm and Healthier Coping Strategies

8th Grade: How We Think, Feel, and Act

May

6th Grade: Review Unit

7th Grade: Suicide, the Irreversible Act

8th Grade: Self Injury and Suicide


Referral Sources The Counselor uses referral sources to enhance the services provided through the school counseling and guidance program.  These referral sources may include, but are not restricted to:
* Etowah County Social Workers *Quality of Life Health Services

*Mental Health Agencies – CED Mental Health – Contract Counseling Services *Family Success Center
*Big Oak Ranch
*Shepherd's Cove
*Juvenile Services
*Department of Human Resources - Social Services
*Etowah County Refocus Center
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Etowah County CARES Classroom


Rainbow Middle School's Comprehensive Counseling and Guidance Program seeks to prepare every student academically, socially and emotionally for present and future challenges.