Anna Blevins, 8th Grade Counselor
Hello Harper Park Hurricanes!
Welcome Back 8th Graders! I am thrilled to be back with HPMS for another year with you all. It is my pleasure to continue working with these awesome learners as they continue to grow through middle school. I am now in my 3rd year at Harper Park with previous experience in psychology, suicide prevention, and working with students who have special needs.
During distance learning things will look a little bit different in terms of counselor/student contact and communication. I will be checking in with students quarterly, either in small groups or individually. If a student needs to talk, 8th grade students are able to reach out to me directly using either the "Request to see Ms. Blevins" form, an email, or a phone call to my office phone OR distance learning phone. Parent notification will be given after we chat. Counseling lessons will still be delivered virtually. Parents can always reach out to talk about something, get assistance with anything they need, obtain mental health resources outside of the school system, and parent/teacher conferences will still be an option while distance learning!
I will be working closely with our counseling team, Social Worker, Psychologist, and other key mental health support staff to continue our support and prevention services at Harper Park. We will be meeting on a regular basis as a Unified Mental Health Team to create new programs, as well as improve our already existing mental health services.
Some of the goals that counselors will be focusing on in our new learning environments are:
- Quarterly 'check-ins' with each student during distance learning
- Continued communication with families, virtual lessons, and helpful resource posted to our websites
- Increased Restorative Practice training for administrators and teachers
In 8th grade, we will be focusing on:
Violence Prevention - Students will learn about topics surrounding violence prevention through a series of lessons.
College/Career Exploration - Students will learn about college, the Academies of Loudoun, and Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology
Academic Planning/High School Transition - Students will select classes and learn what to expect when they enter high school.
Get in Touch!
Office Phone: 571-252-2820
Distance Learning Phone: 571-440-2530 ext 60384
LCPSgo Request Form: Click Here
Suicide help hotline: 1-800-273-8255
Parent ToolKit: Parent Toolkit for Middle School