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Guidance Counselors

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Mrs. Diana Olivarez
626) 441-5830 ext. 3906
Mrs. Marcile Montoya
(was Ms. Vadell-Strickland)
(626) 441-5830 ext. 3911
Ms. Sandra Jarrous
(626) 441-5830 ext. 3907
Mrs. Kimberly Woo (Sub for Mrs. Montoya
Mrs. Diana Olivarez
Mrs. Sandra Jarrous
Taken during National School Counseling Week; February 2018
Paperwork for Incoming 6th Graders - Parent Night on Thursday, March 15, 2018
2018-2019 Scheduling Information:
Everything you need to know about the SPMS Counseling Department:
** For Math **
Please refer to the board approved criteria for MATH PLACEMENT PROTOCOL.




If you are having difficulties in school, with your friends or family, speak with your school counselor.  The counselors help by offering you a safe and confidential environment in which to talk to someone, and can help you:

  • Work out personal issues.
  • Get used to the middle school.
  • Set and achieve goals.
  • If you or someone you know are being bullied.
  • Understand yourself better so you make good choices.
  • Find ways to improve your grades and attitude.
  • Mediate conflict.
  • Think about your future (school and career).

School Specialists

Ms. Amanda Tarca
(626) 441-5830 
Ms. Dawn Mays
(626) 441-5830
Mr. Abraham Fuerte
Speech Therapist
Mrs. Karen Grace
Occupational Therapist
Ms. Natasha Prime
TYB Counselor



What is an Upstander?

An Upstander is someone who stands up for what is right, even if they are standing alone. Upstanders believe in helping others and being inclusive and welcoming to everyone.


What does an Upstander do?

Upstanders have two main jobs on campus.

  1. They help solve conflicts between peers, they are the peer mediation group on campus.
  2. They work to improve the overall culture on campus.


How do you get help from an Upstander?

Students who have a conflict with a peer are encouraged to self-refer to a peer mediation. All they need to do is fill out an Upstanders Peer Mediation Request form in the office.



College Career Day For All Grades - April 15, 2016

Middle School Behavior 2015 Powerpoint

Please click on the link below in order to view the Middle School Behavior Powerpoint that was presented at 5th Grade Orientation Night on March 12, 2015 by Program Specialist, Nancy Goldstein.

ASCA National Model

American School Counseling Association National Model - Professional School Counseling Standards for K-12:

The Need for Middle School Counselors

Outside counseling referrals

Here is a list of outside therapists, counseling agencies and hotlines:

Counselor-recommended Books

Dear Parents/Guardians of SPMS Students,

Below is a link to a list of books we recommend. We have found they are helpful in working with middle school students.

Teaching our students the "ABC's"

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