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NIS Counseling Program

NIS Counseling Program

Mrs. Margo McDowell, School Counselor, Student last names A-L

Ms. Naticha Bussarakonsirivit, School Counselor, Student last names M-Z

Mission Statement : Our mission is to provide students with information and opportunities for academic, personal/social, and career knowledge to ensure a successful future.

Academic & Career
· Presentations - 7th and 8th grade students receive information that support their academic achievement in areas such as attendance, behavior, intermediate school requirements, high school coursework, study skills, grade point average, state testing, the California High School Exit Exam (CAHSEE), and post high school options.
· YEMP (Youth Education Motivation Program) - In the challenging economic environment that we face today, students need the right information to make the critical decisions about their futures. Youth Education Motivation Program (YEMP) and Norco Intermediate are empowering a new generation of learners to become a new generation of professionals.

Safety & Violence – Students will receive information regarding sexual harassment, bullying, internet safety, and confidential reporting.

Personal & Social

  • Individual Counseling: Students may see a counselor on an as-needed basis for such issues as academics, career, personal, family or crisis.
  • Support Groups:Groups are based on student need and vary each year. Some regular groups generally include anger management, loss, divorce, and self-esteem.
  • PAW PAC:Student group that works towards creating a positive school environment.
  • Bobcat Buddies: This mentoring program pairs a staff member with a student to provide students with a resource in which to ask questions, share concerns, meet their peers, and provide an overall connection with the school.
  • Second Step: This violence prevention program teaches students about conflict mediation skills, problem-solving, and decision-making skills.


  • Dreams and Decisions:An annual event for girls to learn from community speakers.
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