Contact Miles River

787 Bay Road
S. Hamilton, MA  01982   
Phone: 978-468-0362
Fax: 978-468-8454
Safe Arrival: 978-468-0350
Main Office: M-F 7:15am-3:00pm 


School Counselors:

Mrs. Jessica Merritt, Guidance Counselor

Ms. Elizabeth Hortie, Adjustment Counselor


Mission Statement

The mission of the Miles River Middle School Counseling Program is to partner with parents, community, faculty and staff to provide a comprehensive, developmental counseling program addressing the academic, social, and emotional development of all students thus preparing them with the knowledge and skills to be productive members of the school community.

How is a student referred to the school counselors?

Students may be referred to the counselor by parents, teachers, administrators, or peers, or they may self-refer.

What does the counseling team do?

  • Helps students resolve problems which interfere with learning
  • Facilitates educational and career planning
  • Increases knowledge of self and others
  • Supports students with specific needs
  • Offers crisis intervention and prevention
  • Provides individual/small group support for student or family concerns
  • Attends meetings with parents and teachers as requested
  • Communicates with collateral contacts (therapists, doctors, ER) as necessary
  • Point person for “at-risk” behavior (suicidal ideation, self injury, 51As)
  • Monitors student progress
  • Provides referrals to community agencies to assist students facing personal or family concerns outside the scope of the school counseling program

***Both counselors are available to all students who may be having social, emotional, and/or familial concerns.

What does the counseling team provide for parents?

  • Facilitates a home/school partnership in fostering school success
  • Provides support for parents regarding their child’s academic, social, and emotional development
  • Shares information with parents to help clarify and/or solve student and/or school-related problems

What can you as a parent do to help your child succeed in school?

  • Provide an appropriate study environment at home
  • Establish fair and reasonable expectations
  • Take time to listen to your child
  • Maintain communication with teachers, counselors, and other school personnel
  • Participate in school activities
  • Help your child establish realistic career and educational goals
  • Celebrate your child's successes and recognize that mistakes or failures can be turned into positive experiences


In the counselors' office, what is said here stays here, with the following exceptions, as required by law and/or ethical standards:

  1. Harm to self or others
  2. Abuse or neglect
  3. Court or legal proceedings

If there is ever a need to reveal information, we will let your child know in advance, and work with them to handle the situation in a way that respects your child’s feelings and needs.

Out of District High Schools

 The school counselor will process applications and transcripts, organize interviews of applicants at MRMS (if applicable) and help applicants prepare for interviews. The school counselor will maintain a record of applications and will write recommendations as requested.



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