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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-G Counselor 
Madison Kelly - H-O Counselor
Jason Gilders - P-Z counselor

Counselors (2021-22)

Need to speak with a Counselor?   Click HERE to request a meeting.


The Virtual Calming Room is a place for students to find tools and strategies for managing emotions and feelings. Hopefully these tools will provide helpful outlets and practices for when life is overwhelming. Enjoy and take some time for yourself!
MMS Virtual Calming Room

Testing Out Request - High School

Testing Out Request - Middle School

Online Courses  Request Form (21F)

Mental Health Emergency

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 Permission Form  and return it to the Counseling Office.

Group Descriptions

 1.  Girl's Group This 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.

2.  Guys' Group This group is for students who would like to explore problem solving skills and positive decision making.  Students will participate in icebreakers and team building activities.  They may also explore topics such as academic success, anxiety, conflict management, friendship, peer pressure, self-esteem, and stress.

3.  Grief Group This group is for students who have experienced the loss of a close family member or friends.  (Grief Group will be facilitated at MMS by Ele's Place.)

Please Note:  Groups will be conducted based on need and demand. Groups may be conducted during 1st or 2nd semester.

Lunch Crunch

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.

2017-18 Lunch Crunch 3 - Copy

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 TUTOR

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
  • Mandatory Rotation (Health, Physical Education, World Language Survey - 12 weeks each)

Students choose one elective

  • Band (full year)
  • Choir (full year)
  • Elective Options of Art 7 (one semester), Digital Literacy 7 (one semester) Technology 7 (one semester)

8th Grade

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

Student elective choices:

  • Band (full year) 
  • Choir (full year) 
  • Spanish (full year) 
  • Elective Rotations 
                 Art 8 (one semester)
                 Digital Literacy 8 (one semester)
                 Technology 8 (one semester)
                 Physical Education (one semester)
                 Leadership (one semester)
                 Media and Communication (one semester or year long)
                 PEERS (one semester or year long)

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.