Our school counseling department consists of a team of dedicated professionals committed to developing a school climate that is rooted in Christ’s teaching, respectful, positive, accepting, and safe for students of all backgrounds.


We foster student growth in academic, social/personal, and career development.  We work closely with the community to ensure the healthy development of all students. We embrace the diversity of each individual and family.


We partner with the community, Archdiocese of Milwaukee, Holy Family Catholic Church, parents, guardians, administration, faculty, and staff to ensure that our students are given the best opportunity to thrive and become successful citizens.


We pride ourselves on having a unique school that is a family, “Together as One.”

Counselor's Corner

Elementary Counseling (K-3)

Offering character education classes, small group counseling, as well as individual counseling.

Middle School Counseling

Offering guidance classes, small groups, as well as individual counseling.

High School Counseling

Offering services in academic, career, and personal/social concerns.

Counseling Request

Find the answers to when you should refer a student to see the counselor and more.

General Information

What does a school counselor do?

A school counselor does:

  • Work with ALL students to encourage a safe school climate of trust and respect
  • Deliver classroom lessons that align with ASCA standards
  • Facilitate small groups
  • Meet individually with students to do brief solution-focused counseling
  • Help students who are struggling to make positive behavior choices
  • Collaborate with parents/guardians, teachers, support staff, and administration
  • Maintain confidentiality of students and their families unless there is a need to report a safety concern
  • Provide education and information about students’ social-emotional needs

A school counselor does NOT:

  • Work with only special ed., regular ed., or “problem” students
  • Assign grades after lessons or teach academic subjects
  • Facilitate therapy groups
  • Meet individually with students to do long-term mental health therapy/counseling
  • Handle the discipline or assign consequences
  • Collaborate with only one person; a team approach including the school counselor works best
  • Share information about students and their families to appease the curiosity of others
  • Tell teachers how to teach in their classrooms or tell parents how to parent at home

Three Domains of Student Development

Students are more likely to thrive when each area of development is addressed. Each domain is strengthened by the other domains.



Counselors at SMSA are trained and ready to work with students who are experiencing emotional struggle or management. These struggles may include, but are not limited to:

  • Sadness
  • Anger
  • Peer conflict
  • Self-control



Career development and preparedness is a part of SMSA’s counseling program. Counselors work with students 1:1 and in a classroom setting to help prepare them for their future. Students will acquire the self-knowledge necessary to make informed career decisions. Students will also understand the relationship between educational achievement and career development. As well as employ career management strategies to help achieve future career success and satisfaction.



Counselors at SMSA will help students acquire the attitudes, knowledge, and skills that contribute to successful learning in school and across the lifespan. Students will develop the academic skills and attitudes necessary to make effective transitions from elementary to middle school, from middle school to high school, and from high school to a wide range of post-secondary options. Our program focuses on helping students to understand how their academic experiences prepare them to be successful in the world of work, in their interpersonal relationships, and in the community.


ASCA Aligned

SMSA’s Counseling Program follows the American Counselor Association’s (ASCA) National Model. This model is the framework for a data-based and ethical counseling program. Counselors at SMSA follow and align classroom curriculum according to the ASCA’s standards.


SMSA’s Counseling Program Strives To Be:

  • Holistic: focus on all aspects of the student’s development
  • Systemic: work with all stakeholders to ensure the healthy development of all students
  • Balanced: balance duties of counseling, educating, consultation and collaboration, leadership, and coordination and advocacy
  • Proactive: develop preventative programs to ensure a positive, nurturing and safe school environment
  • Infused into the academic curriculum: Classroom Character Education (Classroom Guidance) will be infused in all aspects of the school including academic lessons
  • Reflective: evaluating and reassessing the current program by looking at data and trends. Making changes as needed.


An acronym for a program that focuses on teaching, respect, understanding, togetherness and hard work. TRUTH aims to increase awareness and acceptance of others and self and to build a community of people leading with Christ-like kindness. The initial outcomes of the program include the development and implementation of service learning opportunities for students and staff alike for a variety of local and international agencies and projects. Even more encouraging, the program provides a forum for students and staff to discuss the challenges of growing up in the 21st century in an open, honest, and safe environment.