Welcome Ms. Sanders!!!
RMSA's New Counsleing Department Director and 8TH Grade Counselor!
Mrs. Story is retiring...🥲
Dear RMSA Family,
I have had the incredible blessing of being a school counselor at Rollings Middle School of the Arts for 22 wonderful years. I had no idea when I began my school counseling career as a volunteer in Dorchester District 2 in 1997, that I would find such fulfillment and purpose in working with teachers, administrators, faculty, students and parents. Upon completing my clinical counseling degree at The Citadel, my husband and I were in the midst of raising three young sons, I quickly realized that private counseling entailed evening hours. This did not work well with parenting (or marriage for that matter!) When two wise mentors told me I would do well with obtaining my school counseling certification, I thought I would try it for my family’s sake! Am I glad I did! In the last two decades, who would have thought we would have experienced 9/11 AND a worldwide pandemic? I have gained so much from knowing many students and families, and some of those experiences have been tough. Losing students to cancer or sudden sickness, losing parents to illness or car accidents, and watching students maneuver through the pain of divorce are just a few of the hard experiences of being a school counselor. Seeing students flourish in an art area or succeeding academically, watching parents and students come together and work through a difficult time only to come out stronger, watching students walk across a stage to get their high school or college diploma, or having a parent to come visit the school and say “thank you” – THESE are memorable moments for me!
Personally, I have been the primary caretaker and have lost both of my parents in the last three years. I have gained two beautiful daughters-in-law and one sweet grandson. I have dealt with a chronic illness of one of my sons. I have made lifelong friendships with many of my co-workers and learned valuable life lessons from each one of my Administrators. I have moved from the old Rollings on Main Street to the new Rollings in Summer’s Corner. I have seen growth and positive change in students and families. I see so many familiar faces in the community and realize how many lives have come through this very special art school.
As I say goodbye to this incredible place and people, I will treasure my time here. I love a beautiful sunset. “A sunset if nothing more and nothing less than the backside of a sunrise.” (Craig Lounsbrough)
FOREVER Rollings in my heart, Mrs. Story
The mission of Rollings Middle School of the Arts School Counseling Department is to provide all students with academic, social, and career support as they prepare to transition to higher education and the world of work.
RMSA School Counseling Vision Statement: The School Counselor will help provide an atmosphere of support and encouragement as students work to reach their fullest educational potential in the areas of academic, career, and personal development. The School Counselor will also commit to establish a solid foundation as students successfully manage their lives as healthy, responsible and productive citizens who respect themselves and others.
RMSA School Counseling Belief Statements:
1. WE believe that ALL students can learn and achieve academic greatness when encouraged and nurtured in a respectful environment.
2. WE believe that nurturing ALL students social and emotional well-being will encourage academic development and future success
3. WE believe the school counselorâ€™s role is to provide a data driven, developmental counseling program to meet the needs of ALL students through a guidance curriculum, individual student planning, responsive services, and system support.
4. The school counseling program will promote the following: an understanding of and respect of self and others; problem-solving and decision-making; emotional-management skills; skills for learning; and the influence of academic habits on career success.