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North Layton Jr. High Counseling Center

North Layton Jr. High's Counseling Department is a comprehensive counseling program that is dedicated to student success.  Our goal as a counseling team is to provide EVERY student with the knowledge and resources they need to become college and career ready.  

Students may make appointments to see their counselor between classes, during lunch, or before and after school. Parents may set an appointment with their student's counselor by emailing the counselor.  Emails are listed below. 

Counselors

Counselors Responsibilities

What Do Counselors Do?

Our responsibility is to advocate for students and make sure we are doing what is best for them.  We constantly meet with students, parents, teachers and administration to collaborate and help students be successful. We do this in a variety of ways:

1.      Every Student

a.      We love the variety and differences among all students and want everyone to be successful.

b.     Programs in place for student success include: Flex time, Study Skills classes, Homework Club, Read 180 and Enriched Reading

2.      Data

a.      We use data to drive programs and measure program effectiveness.

b.     We meet with teachers and administration to address concerns and find the best possible solutions for students.

3.      Plan for Career and College Readiness

a.      We meet with each student (7th, 8thand 9th grade) for a 30 minute individualized meeting and set academic and personal goals.

b.     We do career assessments to determine classes that would be a good fit for each student and help find career options.

c.      We create four-year plans with our 8thand 9th grade students.

d.     Discuss college and post-high school education opportunities.

4.      Guidance Curriculum

a.      Career Exploration (CTE Intro lessons in 7thgrade, Utah Futures lessons in 8th and 9th grade).

b.     Anti-bullying, resilience, self-esteem, study skills and goal setting lessons.

5.      Responsive Services

a.      We meet with students, parents, teachers and the administration to ensure the safety and well-being of all students. We are available to address concerns each day in a timely manner.

b.     Some concerns include: personal issues, friends, suicidal thoughts, bullying, family crisis, grief and loss, transition and concerns with classes or teachers.

c.      We run small groups for: stress relief, resiliency and communication

We believe all students have the opportunity to learn and be successful in the school setting.  At MJH, we have a Pyramid of Intervention that is used school wide to ensure the success of every student.

 

Frequently Asked Questions

Got ?'s

Q. How do ‘A’ and ‘B’ days work?
A. On A-days you will have classes numbered 1-5 and on B-days you will have classes numbered 6-10. You'll get the hang of A and B days pretty quickly, most students tell us they like having 2 days to finish big projects.

Q. Which days are A Days and which are B Days?
A. You can find that information listed on the district calendar and on the school website. Speaking of the school website--we strongly encourage you to 'Bookmark' or 'Favorite' the North Layton Junior High Website, it has lots of great information and is a handy communication tool too!!

Q. What Clubs are available at North Layton Junior High?
A. Great question!! Being involved is a great way to make the most of Junior High!! We have recently added The HOPE Squad. Interested in Math or Robotics? Check out MESA or the Robotics Clubs!

Q. How do I sign up for clubs?
A. Each club is managed differently, You'll find a contact person for each club on the website. Talk with that staff member or teacher for the specific details, you can email them too.

Q. How will I know where to go and where my classes are?
A. Room numbers will be on student schedules and student planners will have maps. Before school starts in August, we will invite 7th graders to Longhorn Camp which is an orientation to practice opening lockers, find classes and get more familiar with the building and staff. You can always ask a teacher, counselor, administrator or other students to help find a class.

Q. When do we decide what classes we are taking?
A. In March you will get a copy of registration materials at the Open House. There will also be an invitation with a date and time to meet with a counselor at your school to look over your course requests. If you do not get a scheduled date and time, call the counseling secretary at 801-402-6610 to schedule an appointment. Be sure to sit down with your parents and decide which classes you want for next year in advance so we can focus on answering your questions at your appointment. In August you will get a copy of your schedule (if your immunizations are up to date--otherwise your schedule will be held hostage). :o) If you would like to make a change after seeing your schedule, please contact the front office schedule an appointment with a counselor the week before school starts. There is a $10 charge to request a change once schedules have been printed.

Q. Which classes are electives and which are required?
A. Required classes will be listed right on your schedule. For specific questions, visit with your counselor.

Q. How long do I have between classes?
A. You will have five minutes between classes. Once you get the hang of it, you'll find you have plenty of time to get where you are going (as long as you don't stop and talk to your friends along the way).

Q. How much homework will I have?
A. A TON!! Just kidding! A good rule of thumb is plan to spend 10 minutes per night per grade level, so 7th graders will likely spend around 70 minutes each night on homework. (It also depends on the classes you take and how much work you get done at school.)

Q. How does lunch work?
A. There are two lunch periods. The lunch period you have will be determined by your 3/8 period class. Classes will be assigned a lunch period on the first day of school. There are five lines (2 main lines, a salad line, a sandwich line, and a pizza line.) Students should walk to the cafeteria choose a line and then go to the back of that line. Lunch is to be consumed prior to leaving the cafeteria/commons area.

Q. How long are the classes?
A. Classes are 70 minutes long. It will feel long at first but you'll get used to it pretty quickly.

Q. Can I practice opening my locker?
A. Yes! You can practice opening lockers during the 7th grade Open House and at Back to School Night in August.

Q. What happens if we lose the paper that has our locker combination on it?
A. No worries!! You can get another copy for $20...just teasing!! Simply ask a Counselor or the Counseling Secretary nicely and they'll happily get you another copy for no charge. :o) It is not a bad idea to write the combination in a safe place though. This can be very helpful when you just cannot remember (especially after long weekends or breaks from school)!

Q. Are the halls scary and confusing? (It is such a big school. I am nervous.)
A. It can seem scary and overwhelming at first, but give it a week or two and you will be a pro! There are lots of adults and students who will be happy to help as you get accustomed to the building. The first couple of weeks Student Body Officers and Cheerleaders will wear their sweaters and uniforms so you can spot them easier. Plus you can always come to the Counseling Center for help!!

Q. How do I know if I am within an assigned bus route?
A. Click the "my.DSD" link to the top right of this page, login to the student account, select "Report Tools" and then select "Transportation Information". This information is maintained by the District's Transportation Department, and should be updated for the new school year by mid August.

Q. How many students will be in one locker?
A. We try to accommodate those in the 7th grade with a locker partner of their choosing.  In 8th and 9th grade each student should be given his/her own locker. We strongly recommend you keep your locker combination to yourself (and your parents) getting it changed costs $5 and can create some real awkwardness within friendships.

Q. Why do we get out early on Friday?
A. Because you are really lucky and we want you to have a wonderful weekend. And because after 2:00 on Friday afternoons teachers are in training meetings with the Principal and other leaders.

Q. If a student is on free lunch can they go in any of the lunch lines?
A. Absolutely!! However, be aware that you may not give your number to another student to use or use it twice in one day.

Q. Are the hand driers in the restrooms a safety hazard? 
A. They are not a safety hazard, but are very powerful, so use wisely!

Q. How will the 7th grade class officers be determined?
A. Each elementary school selects their 7th grade representative. You may want to ask a teacher or administrator at your school how they are selecting your representative.

Q. How many students will represent each elementary school as 7th grade officers?
A. One 7th grade representative is selected from each of the 4 feeder elementary schools.

Q. What will I need to bring to school on the first day?

Answer:  Teachers will give you a list of items you will need in that specific class on the first day of class but if you want an idea or to be prepared here are a few....

Backpack or book bag
Binder
Calculator
Eraser
Hi-lighter
Lunch (or)
Lunch money
Notebooks
Pen
Pencils
Planner
And a big Smile--you're going to love it!

Helpful Resources

Helpful Websites

Utah Futures

The Best Way to Predict the Future is to Plan for it.
https://www.utahfutures.org/
 

KnowHow2Go

College Preparation Tool
http://www.knowhow2go.org/
 

ACT Test Prep

Preparing for the ACT
http://www.actstudent.org/testprep/
 

DTC Website

Davis Technology Center
https://www.davistech.edu/
 

DTC Application

Would you like to enroll at the DTC? 
https://www.davistech.edu/enrollment

Question of the Day

SAT Practice Question
http://sat.collegeboard.com/practice/sat-question-of-the-day
 

Love and Logic

Parenting Tips and Tools
http://www.loveandlogic.com/
 

Pioneer Online Library

Great Place to Access Research Materials
http://pioneer.uen.org
 

KSL

Local News
http://www.ksl.com

Local Case Management Referral

Local Case Management Referral

Community Resources

Community Resources

Listed below are a variety of community resources that are available that many families of our students have found beneficial.

General Referral Information

When seeking services for your family:

  • Begin with your family physician or pediatrician
  • Refer to your own insurance company provider list

Millcreek Community Resources Document 

District Community Resource Webpage
 

Davis Behavioral Health

2250 North 1700 West
Layton, UT 84041
(801) 773-7060
(801) 776-6303 Crisis Line
http://www.dbhprevention.org/

DBH offers classes for children and parents including Anger Kids, Self-Esteem, Strengthening Families, and Love & Logic. Classes are offered on various nights of the week. Call for class listings, cost, and to register for any classes. Cost is minimal and can be waived for some families. Individual, family and group therapy is also available based on individual needs. The cost is based on a sliding scale.
 

The Counseling Center

1459 North Main Street Suite 100
Centerville, UT 84014
801-298-2000
www.thecounselingcenter.co

The center offers a new approach to therapy. Talking about your thoughts and feelings with friends or family can make you feel better, but they can't always provide you with the help you need. A therapist is a healthy alternative...AND it can be affordable too! They accept most insurance plans, cash, credit, check, bishop pay and will work on a sliding scale.
 

Family Enrichment Center

320 South 500 East
Kaysville, UT 84037
(801) 402-0650

The Center assists parents in taking a proactive approach to develop a whole, healthy family by making available materials, training and support. Information is readily available to all families in Davis County. Their lending library has information on a wide variety of issues. Call for a current class list or additional information.
 

Open Doors

1360 East 1450 South
Clearfield, UT
(801) 773-0712

FCC offers classes for children such as self-esteem/friends group and they have several parenting classes. They have updated class listings in the winter, spring, summer and fall. Call for an updated list, cost or to register. They also provide a 24-hour emergency day and night care for children.
 

Youth Outreach Center

1353 North 1075 West, Suite 101
Farmington, UT
(801) 447-0958

Groups for children 10 yrs and older. No cost for group or family therapy. Evening groups include anger management, self-esteem, love and logic for kids. Call for a current class list or additional information.
 

The Summit Family Foundation–A Center for Grieving Children

1708 East 5500 South, Suite 18
South Harrison Plaza
South Ogden, UT 84403
(801) 476-1127

This is a support center for children and their families who are grieving the loss of somebody they love. They provide support groups for death, divorce and separation, foster care, and complicated grief. There is no charge for attending these groups.
 

Davis Counseling Center

1466 North HWY 89, Suite 230
Farmington, UT
(801) 447-6000

This is a private practice that provides counseling for a variety of issues.
 

LDS Social Services
  • Centerville: (801) 294-0578
  • Ogden: (801) 621-6510

Clinical counseling available for ADHD, anxieties, anger, stress, self-esteem. Requires prior authorization from a Bishop.
 

Hospital Services:
  • McKay-Dee Behavioral Health Institute, Ogden: (801) 387-5600 
  • Primary Children’s Medical Center, Salt Lake City: (801) 662-1000
  • University of Utah Neuropsychiatric Institute, Salt Lake City: (801) 583-2500
     
Davis School District Student Services Prevention Lessons and Resources

http://www.powerthroughprevention.blogspot.com/

Cindy Garlick
Counselor A - GL
801-402-6600
Ext. 6687
cgarlick@dsdmail.net

Andrea Graham
Counselor GO - OS
801-402-6600
Ext. 6612
andgraham@dsdmail.net
 

Evette Ashton
Counselor OU - Z
801-402-6600
Ext. 6611
eashton@dsdmail.net

Sherry Yost
Secretary
801-402-6600 Ext. 6610
syost@dsdmail.net