Staff

Eric Casillas

Eric Casillas

Mr. Eric Casillas

Dear Eric,

I wish you didn’t have to leave us so soon. Your positive spirit and your kindness will leave a lasting impression on our hearts. We will remember you by living out each and every day, grateful to be here. Your memory will serve as a constant reminder of how short life is. Thank you for trying to bring any of our spirits up anytime we were down we will miss you forever.

Always Remembered

Forever Loved

Never Forgotten

Love,

Your Family, the UNITY PE Department

Counselors

Meet The School Counselors!

Kristin Heydorn Sara Monner

Unity West- Room 428

Unity East- Room 119

Our goal is to support student achievement academically, socially, behaviorally and emotionally. We provide a comprehensive counseling program that addresses the academic, career and personal/social development of all students. Most importantly, we are advocates for students.

Counseling Services:

  • Assist with the new student enrollment process
  • Address academic and social concerns with staff, students and parents
  • Provide students with conflict resolution. This includes our Peer Mediation program
  • Classroom presentations on learning styles and transitioning to high school/preparing for MAP
  • Coordinate the Student Ambassador program
  • Educate students and parents on scholarship and high school opportunities
  • Coordinate “College Week” in March
  • Restorative Justice practices- Facilitate Peace Circles
  • Provide families with referrals for outside resources
  • PBI (Positive Behavioral Intervention)- This includes Check-In/Check-Out
  • Coordinate college and career related field trip experiences
  • Facilitate Junior Achievement Groups- These groups are college and career oriented and focus on preparing students for their post-secondary goals. Students will be referred to the group by their counselor.
  • Facilitate intervention groups:
  • Think First: Students will be referred to this group by the Discipline Team. The goal of this 3-week long group is to learn better decision making skills, improve self-awareness, and become more responsible.
  • Attendance- Students who struggle with attendance will be referred to this 3-week long group. The goal of the group is to address time management skills, set goals, and to determine what factor is keeping the child from attending school.
  • Executive Functioning- Students who are failing academically may be asked to attend Executive Functioning. EF will take place during the child’s lunch period. The goal of EF is to become more organized, learn EF skills, and complete missing assignments.

Referral System:

If you would like your child to see a counselor for social, emotional or academic reasons, please fill out the counseling referral form below. You may print it and turn it into the main office or directly fill out the form online. If you chose to complete the form online, the answers will automatically be submitted to your child’s counselor. In addition, if you would like to speak to your child’s counselor at any time, please feel free to call or email. Referral forms are also available in both the east and west main office. Thank you.

Parent Referral Form:

*Students: If you would like to self-refer yourself to see a counselor, please pick up a student referral form in the main office or in your counselor’s office. Thank you!

It is a great time to start planning for your child’s future!

Here are some realistic ways your 7th and 8th grade children

can start preparing for college!

· Colleges look for a well-rounded student! That means, it’s time to start joining clubs, playing on sports teams, and volunteering in your community!

· Attendance, attendance, attendance! It is so important to be in school (and on-time) every single day!

· GPA. What does GPA stand for? The answer is: Grade Point Average. Make sure to keep your grades up and ask for help when you need it!

·Research! It’s never too early to start searching for colleges and researching what the admission requirements are.

· Schedule a time to meet with your counselor! Your counselor can sit down and discuss college and career goals with you.