Guidance & Counseling
At Hill-Murray, our school counselors help to maximize student success, supporting and assisting middle school and high school students with academic progress, personal/social concerns and decisions about life after high school. We act as students’ advocates, providing hands-on assistance, whether someone needs help with a class schedule, college applications or a challenging time. We strive to be accessible and available to meet with students individually and/or in small groups as often as needed.
Student Assistance Program
Every Hill-Murray student is known, loved and respected, and our counselors care deeply about the well-being of each student. We understand that students may encounter challenges and need additional support. To that end, the Student Assistance Program remains integral to prevention and intervention efforts at Hill-Murray.
The Student Assistance Program helps increase overall awareness among students, parents, and staff. We focus on issues such as depression awareness/suicide prevention; substance abuse; anxiety, stress management, and overall wellness. This program also helps identify students who are experiencing obstacles to success in school, such as academic difficulties, mental health concerns, unhealthy dating relationships, and family stress. The goal is to work with the student and his/her parents to address the concerns and help the student get back on track.
S.O.S. Program Resources
Hill-Murray has been using the nationally recognized S.O.S. (Signs of Suicide) curriculum at various grade levels since 2004 and are pleased to make available to all Hill-Murray families a new online component.
This includes videos, warning signs of depression and suicide, a free and anonymous depression screen and more. All of these materials are meant to be informative only, not diagnostic. If you have concerns about your child, please contact your family physician and/or a mental health professional. Please also contact his/her school counselor for additional avenues of support here at school.
To access the screening and other resources, log in by clicking the button below.
S.O.S. Screening Username: HM-PAR | Password: sospioneers
If you have questions or log in problems, please email Lisa Valentine, Middle School Counselor and Student Assistance Coordinator or call 651-748-2224.
All Hill-Murray students utilize Naviance, a college and career readiness program designed to assist with interest and career exploration. In middle school, students become familiar with the program and use it to begin exploring their interests and how those interests align with post-secondary goals. In high school, students use it to complete college applications, apply for scholarships or financial aid, and explore how their strengths, goals, skills and interests can lead to exciting careers.