Name: Dru Klein, IMS School Counselor, NBCT-Counselor
Phone: 206-230-6153Hello, I am a School Counselor at Islander Middle School and I work with students with the last names A through G. Middle School is an exciting, yet challenging time for students and their parents. As one of the IMS counselors some of the concerns or issues I can help with but are not limited to are:
- Education in understanding self and others
- Coping Strategies
- Peer relationships and effective social skills
- Communication, problem-solving and decision-making
- Career awareness, exploration and planning
- Schedule changes and questions
- Academic Skill Support
- Parent/Teacher communication and parent meetings
Groups and Programming
Girls Groups are designed to foster self-esteem, help girls maintain authentic connection with peers, counter trends toward self-doubt, and allow for genuine self-expression through verbal sharing and creative activity. Each week a group of eight to twelve girls in 6th, 7th and 8th Grade meet with Jayna Dash and Dru Klein for Girls Group. During group, girls can express themselves further through creative or focused activities such as journaling, poetry, drawing and group share. Oftentimes themes are introduced which relate to the girls’ lives – such as trusting ourselves, friendships, body image, goals and decision making. Through listening and respect for themselves and others, the girls can reflect on and express their own thoughts and feelings with peers. When girls voice their ideas and opinions in a safe environment, it strengthens their confidence and encourages them to express themselves more fully. The goal of Girls Group is to promote resiliency and connection, encourage the development of strength courage, confidence, honesty and communication skills and to enhance girls’ abilities so they are able to take full advantage of their talents, academic interests, career pursuits and potential for healthy relationships.
The goal of the Dependable Strengths group is to work with students to uncover their hidden strengths and educate them about the benefits of focusing energy on things they do well, rather than focusing on their “weaknesses” or “challenges.” The curriculum is designed to work with students to explore their “good experiences” and uncover strengths in an effort to recognize and use more of their potential. This program is also designed to be an intervention that increases self-esteem, motivation to achieve and encourage more responsible behavior.
WEBWEB, which stands for "Where Everybody Belongs" is a middle school orientation and transition program that welcomes 6th graders and makes them feel comfortable throughout the first year of their middle school experience. Built on the belief that students can help students succeed, the program trains mentors from Islander Middle School's 8th grade class to be WEB Leaders. As positive role models, WEB Leaders are mentors and student leaders who guide the 6th graders to discover what it takes to be successful during the transition to middle school and help facilitate 6th grade success.WEB CoordinatorsHarry Brown, Adrienne Bylsma, Doug Davis, Dru Klein