Nuttall Middle School Guidance
News from the NMS School Counselor's Office:
While you are at home it is important to take care of your physical and mental health. Yoga can do both. I do yoga everyday for exercise and to clear my mind. The link below is a beginner yoga with breathing and relaxation. Try it and let me know what you think!
First Chapter Friday!
Mrs. Wellum's First Chapter Friday!
Mrs. Fuller's First Chapter Friday!
Tips to handling a long break:
Keep a normal routine.
Talk to an adult about things you can do.
Talk with your friends and socialize safely.
Make a list of activities you enjoy and do at least one of those activities each day.
Stay active with exercise.
Read a book or magazine to keep your mind active.
Talk with a safe person about your feelings like fear, worry, and boredom.
Find things that make you laugh!
Parent Night Study Skills Presentation Link:
Watch the video of a school counselor's responsibilites!
Performed by Nuttall Middle School Chorus Students under the direction of Mr. Flynn. Art work by Nuttall Middle School Art Students under the direction of Mrs. Phillips. Thank you to all students and educators who helped make this video possible!
Rose Hulman Homework Hotline:
One Saturday a month at Nuttall Middle School. A teacher is present to help with late and missing homework.
After School Program
Monday and Wednesdays after school until 4:30. Please talk with Mrs. Wellum or Mrs. Hemrich for a permission slip.
Ask the teacher
So many times the teachers are unaware that a student is struggling.Talk with the teacher and let him or her know what is going on. Check the teacher’s website for study help.
Who do I call if:
I am thinking about hurting myself:
Call the National Suicide Hotline: 1-800-273-8255
I am thinking about running away:
Call the National Runaway Safeline: 1-800-786-2929 or visit 1800runaway.org
I am being hurt or abused:
Call the National Sexual Assault Hotline: 1-800-656-4673 or visit rainn.org
Sexual Assault Counseling and Information Services: 217-348-5033
Call the Illinois Child Protection Hotline: 1-800-252-2873
I am homeless:
Call the Department of Health Services: 1-800-843-6154
I want to see a counselor:
Psychology Specialists in Oblong: 1-800-706-3190
Family Counseling Center in Lawrenceville: 618-943-3451
Talk with Mrs. Wellum at school for referrals for any non-life threatening issues. If it is life threatening, call 911 immediately!
Who is the school counselor?
Hello! My name is Amber Wellum and I am the school counselor. This is my second year at Nuttall Middle School but my 14th year as a counselor.
As a school counselor my job is to ensure that each student gets the best education and environment to learn. I work with all teachers and staff to help provide a safe school for students to achieve their goals. In addition, I work individually with students to help with study skills, relationship issues, and any other stressor that may affect their ability to achieve academic success.
If ever there is a concern, please do not hesitate to contact me at the school. I value your feelings, thoughts, and opinions and your academic progress is important to me.
NMS is centered around the student!
Fortunately, NMS faculty and staff are well trained and highly skilled in working with middle school age students. We recognize the student's excitement for more freedom and the need of comfort and predictability. Each student is an individual and NMS strives for student success.
Here are some questions that the School Counseling Department is frequently asked:
What is a school counselor?
The school counselor has a masters degree in either education or counseling with an emphasis on school systems. He or she has received special training to work as a liason between teachers, parents, and students.
What does a school counselor do?
- Listen and talk to students on an individual basis, in groups, or as a class.
- Help identify students with special needs
- Help register students and helps make new students feel comfortable at NMS
- Communicate with parents about their child
- Update teachers, students, parents about state and local testing
- Help students with the maturation process
How do I get to talk to the school counselor?
- Teacher referral
- Parent referral
- Self-referral, schedule an appointment
Phone: (618) 544-8618
Please note that email responses from Mrs. Wellum will occur during normal school hours.