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School Counseling Mission Statement

The mission of the Gustine Middle School Counseling Department is to maximize learning for each and every one of our students through the support of their social, emotional, academic, and career development. A comprehensive, evidence-based, data-driven school counseling program provides equity and access to all students through the delivery of student-need lessons, small group counseling, and individual counseling using a tiered system of support to define services. School counselors act as advocates, supporting success for every student as they develop the skills to maximize their learning, think critically, achieve their post-secondary goals, and reach their fullest potential as productive and responsible citizens.

School Counseling Vision Statement

The vision of the Gustine Middle School Counseling Department is for all students to achieve at their full potential in pursuit of their post-secondary plans, contribute positively to a global society with respect and kindness, and apply resiliency and coping skills to meet social/emotional, academic, and career needs. As enthusiastic learners dedicated to continuous improvement, students at Gustine Middle School will think critically, be responsible citizens, and act with integrity as they experience success in their professional and personal lives. 

What Does a School Counselor Do?

As the only school counselor at Gustine Middle School I work on addressing the social, emotional, academic and career development of all students. Using a brief solution-focused counseling orientation and evidence-based counseling techniques I work with students, staff, family, and community through a tiered system of support to help students succeed both academically and personally.

School Counseling Services
  • Individual Short-Term Counseling
  • Crisis Counseling
  • Group Counseling
  • Restorative Conflict Resolution
  • School-wide Prevention and Intervention Activities
  • Referrals to Outside Resources
  • Facilitate lunch with the Counselor
School Counseling Beliefs Statements
  • All students can learn
  • All students can develop coping skills to meet social/emotional, academic, and career needs
  • All students are capable of good
  • All students can have post-secondary success
  • All students deserve unconditional, positive regard
  • All students have the right to freely access the school counselor
  • All students have the right to a school counselor that follows ethical and legal guidelines from a national body.
  • School counselors will advocate for all students and will act in that capacity for each individual student.
Types of Groups Available
  • Anxiety and Stress Management
  • Academic Success
  • Social Skills
  • Emotional Regulation
  • Self-Esteem

*Groups subject to change based on student need*

How do you Contact Me?

You can email me, fill out a form to request an appointment with me, or stop by my office (when school is in-session). If I'm busy or not in my office when school is in-session, you can fill out a "Request to See the School Counselor" form located at the desk of the Attendance Clerk).

Email: hmercado@gustineusd.org

Phone: (209) 854-5030

You can also visit my Google Classroom for a Virtual Counseling Check-in! Fill out the form located in (classwork) in my Google Classroom for individual counseling. You can also drop-in to my Zoom meeting. This method of communication is designed to check-in with me in a group setting. We can communicate via chat or simply talk during Zoom. My Google Classroom hours are on Mondays and Wednesdays from 2:15 pm-2:45 pm 

Mr. Mercado's Google Classroom

How do I see the Counselor?

(During the School day) Ask your teacher politely for a pass, request by the Counselor to see you, principal request to see the Counselor, parent request, teacher request and friend referral. 

(During Distance Learning) Phone call to the school, email, or Google Classroom Virtual Check-in during the Counselor's office hours (Monday and Wednesday 2:15pm-2:45pm). 

When can I see the Counselor?

During the school day at nutrition break or lunch break. Prior to the start of the school day or after school.

*Remember- Please make prior arrangements with me or your teacher if you need to see me during class instruction time. You should only leave class during instruction while communicating with your teacher for the following reasons: personal crises, peer crises or reporting a crises.

Where is the Counselor's office? 

The Counselor's office is located in the main office building. 

How and why do parents contact the school counselor?

Concerns or information regarding student achievement, family health problems, orientation, discussing needs of their student, discussion of potential crisis, family difficulties or concerns, scheduling, and parent education.