Counseling Center

Welcome to the Castle Park Middle School Counseling Department:

The goal of the Castle Park Middle School counseling team is to promote academic success by working cooperatively with students, parents, teachers, staff, and the community. 

Counseling Center Staff

The CPMS Counseling Department is comprised of 2 full-time counselors.

If you have any questions or concerns, parents are always welcome to contact us over the phone, email or schedule an appointment.  All counseling center staff can be reached by calling the counseling center at (619)498-6043 or (619) 498-6033 or calling the main office (619) 498-6000.  Counseling staff can also be reached via email please see contact info below.  Parents are welcome to drop-in but appointments are recommended so we can put 100% of our focus toward your concerns.

Students are welcome to visit their counselors before and after school and during nutrition break and lunch.  If the counselor is not available, students can complete a “Counselor Appointment Request” form, available in the counseling office, and the counselor will call the student to the office during the school day.

Each student is assigned a counselor based on last name. The 2019-20 counseling assignments are:


Mr. John Camara

A – L.Martinez

(619) 498-6043

Ms. Kathy Hernandez
M. Martinez – Z

(619) 498-6033


Counseling Services Available:

The CPM counseling team provides individual and group counseling, and classroom presentations to students regarding academic and personal/ social issues.  Some of the counseling team activities include:

  • Compact for Success and Early College Planning
  • Parent/ student conferences regarding academic & personal issues
  • Individual registration of every student into a rigorous course of study
  • Incoming 7th grade orientation
  • Academic counseling
  • Crisis counseling
  • Conflict resolution and conflict mediation
  • Orientation for newly enrolled students and their families
  • Referrals to community-based agencies for on-going counseling & support

Individual Counseling

Counselors meet with students in a one-on-one capacity when the student or an adult requests a meeting.  These meetings are confidential (unless safety is a concern) and are to discuss issues such as academics, problem solving, goal setting, personal problems affecting school and other issues that may be impacting learning.  Counseling sessions are generally brief but a counselor may make a referral to on-going counseling if necessary.  School counselors are not licensed therapist and therefore we do not provide long-term counseling.

Group Counseling

Small groups are formed when a common need surfaces for a small group of students.  Some examples include, resolving a conflict amongst a group of students, goal setting, adjusting to middle school, etc. Participating in small groups can help students relate with other students who have similar challenges.

Middle School Promotion Requirements

The Sweetwater Union High School District has established Middle School Promotion Requirements that your child must successfully complete by the end of the 8th grade.  Promotion Requirements to receive a middle school certificate for the class of 2016 and beyond is as follows:

1. 21 total credits earned in both 7th and 8th grades

  • (Students will earn 12 semester credits in grade 7 and 12 semester credits in grade 8)

2.  All Core Class subjects to include Physical Education must be passed. This includes passing/completing the five subject areas of: 1) English/Language Arts  2) History/Social Science 3) Mathematics  4) Science  5) Physical Education.

Promotion Requirements to participate in the promotion ceremony and related activities are as follows: 

  • 21 total credits must be earned in the 7th and 8th grades.
  • No “F” grade in ANY of the Core Class Subjects/P.E.
  •  All debts, library holds, IPADS, detentions, Saturday Schools, etc. must be cleared
  • Receiving an “F” grade entails there is no credit earned for that class.  Students who receive an “F” grade in any of the five subject areas noted above, prior to the second semester of 8th grade, must repeat the course. Credit Recovery (based on availability) will be offered to students to remediate the credit they need with passing grade of “D” or better.

Counselors will notify students and parents via mailing if their student is not on-track with the promotion requirements.  Every effort will be made to enroll them in a credit recovery class.  Currently summer school is not being offered for credit recovery.


Transitioning to Middle School

The transition to middle school can be a scary, exciting, fun and/ or challenging time for many students.  It is normal for students and parents to feel nervous, excited, anxious or scared.  Students are not only making a change to a new school but they are also going through many physical and emotional changes that accompany adolescence.

Middle school serves as a two-year transition between elementary school and high school.  During this time we assist your student in learning the academic and independent skills needed to be successful in high school and in life.

7th Grade Registration

Incoming 7th Grade students will be registered through their elementary school in late January.  The CPM counselors will visit our feeder elementary schools and provide a one hour orientation presentation.  In addition, we will provide an orientation presentation for incoming 7th grade parents.  During the student presentation we will provide a green “Student Course Selection” form.  This form is collected from the elementary school in early February.  Additional registration materials (proof of residency, shots, etc) will be required.   Registration dates and information will generally be provided in mid-February/ early-March.

8th Grade Registration

Students going into the 8th grade are registered during PE class in early February.  We will provide a presentation to all 8th grade students. The presentation reviews academic expectations, class placement/ scheduling, and Compact for Success.  In addition, we provide a yellow “Student Course Selection form” to all students to take home and share with their parents.  We provide approximately one week for student to complete their form.  During PE, students will individually meet with their counselor to select their classes for 8th grade.   Additional registration materials (proof of residency, shots, etc) will be required, more information to be announced.