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The Counseling faculty at Millennium Middle School is made up of two guidance counselors; both work with students individually, in classrooms, or in groups. They help students with concerns about personal and social adjustment, career planning and scheduling. Counselors work closely with administrators, teachers and parents guiding students mentally, emotionally and socially, while facilitating a safe, wholesome middle-school environment in which to live and learn.

Students are assigned to a middle school counselor by last name
Diane Bardsley  - A-L counselor 
Jason Gilders - M-Z counselor

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Our Program Helps Students

  • Feel accepted, important and recognized for their unique abilities.
  • Develop their aptitudes, abilities and interests.
  • Better understand their emotional and intellectual development.
  • Explore their potential for educational and career opportunities.
  • Adjust to, accept, and participate in a society of varying backgrounds, religions and ethnic groups.

Why Consult a Counselor

  • To review current educational progress and get help if needed.
  • To receive academic guidance.
  • To consider placement in specialized programs.
  • To obtain individual counseling about personal or family concerns.
  • To interpret test results.
  • To discuss class schedule.
  • To get advice on high school.

Counselors also provide these services

  • Arrange parent conferences upon request.
  • Consult with faculty about individual student needs.
  • Provide orientation for new students.
  • Conduct small group counseling as needed.
  • Present middle school orientation for sixth grade students and compile data for appropriate placement.
  • Act as a liaison to support services.
  • Work with program planning and evaluation committees for each special education student.
  • Coordinate standardized testing program.

Learning Opportunities / Support Groups

The MMS counseling department offers a variety of learning opportunity and support groups throughout the year to help meet the various needs of our students.  Groups offer students an opportunity to share and discuss issues openly with peers who often have similar concerns and life experiences.

Groups are conducted based on demand.  If you would like your child to be eligible to participate in a group please fill out the Group Permission Form and return it to the Counseling Office.

Group Descriptions

 6th Grade Friendship Group This group assists 6th grade students with basic friendship skills such as making new friends, maintaining friendships, understanding the qualities of a good friend, and accepting changes in friendships.  Students will explore how to build healthy relationships with their peers.

Changing Families GroupThis group is for students whose families have experienced divorce, separation, or remarriage.  Students have the opportunity to explore and discuss these changes with other students who have shared a similar experience.

Girls’ GroupThis group will include students who would like help with self-esteem building and decision making skills.  We will be discussing ways to improve self-worth and skills to make positive choices. This group also discusses how to deal with stress and anxiety.   

Grief Group This group is for students who have experienced the loss of a close family member or friend.

Guys’ GroupThis group will explore issues and situations that male students may encounter in middle school.  Possible topics may include academic success, anxiety, conflict management, friendship, peer pressure, self-esteem, and stress.  Students will participate in icebreaker and team building activities.  They will also explore problem solving skills and making positive choices.

Lunch Crunch Sessions

The MMS counseling department offers Lunch Crunch sessions throughout the school year.  Lunch Crunch is a supervised space (during lunch) where students sign up to study for a specific test or quiz with other students.  Students who sign up bring their lunch and study materials to review with other students who are taking the same assessment.  Lunch Crunch is not a tutoring session.

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Classroom teachers need to request a Lunch Crunch Session for their upcoming assessment.  If you child would like to request a Lunch Crunch Session for a specific test they should notify their classroom teacher in advance.

Northwestern University's Midwest Academic Talent Search (NUMATS)

Plus students are eligible to participate in NUMATS testing.  Information regarding testing is typically distributed to Plus students in October.  If you would like more information please visit

Useful Websites

Students and parents might find these websites useful with school work:  USEFUL WEBSITES 

Academic Tutor List

Outside of school academic tutors are available:  ACADEMIC TUTORS

How You Can Help Your Student

You can help your child do a better job if you …

  • KNOW your child's counselor.
  • ARE INFORMED about the school's guidance and counseling services.
  • ENCOURAGE your child to make use of guidance and counseling services.
  • PARTICIPATE in the guidance activities of your child's school.

Community Resources

  • South Lyon Community Schools 248-573-8127
  • Child Abuse (Parent Hotline) 800-942-4357
  • Common Ground 800-231-1127
  • Poison Control 800-764-7661
  • H.A.V.E.N. (Domestic Violence) 800-334-1274
  • South Lyon Youth Assistance 248-573-8189
  • Catholic Social Services 800-971-9781
  • Oakland County Mental Health 800-810-3772
  • Protective Service 855-444-3911

MMS Curriculum Guide

6th Grade

  • Mathematics
  • Language Arts
  • Social Studies
  • Science
  • Mandatory Rotation (Physical Education, Keyboarding, Health - 12 weeks each)

Students choose one elective:

  • Band (full year)
  • Choir (full year)
  • Elective Rotation of Technology 6 and Art 6 (Each class meets for one semester)

7th Grade

  • Mathematics
  • Language Arts
  • Social Studies
  • Science
  • Physical Education (one semester)
  • Health (one semester)

Students choose one elective

  • Band (full year)
  • Choir (full year)
  • Elective Rotation of Art 7 and Digital Literacy 7 (Each class meets for one semester)

8th Grade

  • Mathematics
  • English
  • Social Studies
  • Science
  • Physical Education (one semester)
  • Performing Arts (one semester)

Student elective choices:

  • Band (full year) 
  • Choir (full year) 
  • Chinese (full year) 
  • Spanish (full year) 
  • Elective Rotations 
                  Art 8 (one semester)
                  Digital Literacy 8 (one semester)
                  Performing Arts 8 (one semester)
                  Technology 8 (one semester)

8th Grade - High School Credit Courses
 *Algebra 1 and Foreign Language classes are high school credit courses.

Earned credit for course choices
If a student in Algebra I earns a D- or an E, he or she will need to repeat Algebra I in high school. All other students will move on to Geometry, the next course in the math sequence. The Algebra I lab is designed to help students pass Algebra I with an understanding of the essential concepts. It is important for struggling students to actively engage in learning activities in the classroom, in the lab and to seek help from teachers.

If a student in a World Language I course earns a D- or an E, he or she will need to repeat World Language I at the high school. All other students will move on to the next course in the World Language sequence. It is important for struggling students to actively engage in learning activities in the classroom and to seek help from teachers so they are ready to move to the next course in the sequence at the high school level.