Illnesses during the School Day
Students who become ill during the day may seek teacher permission or advice to visit the
nurse’s office. If the nurse determines that the student is too ill to remain at school, she will
contact the parents to inform them of the situation and to arrange transportation for the
child. Students should not arrange to leave school for health reasons without first talking with
a health care professional at the school.
Counseling and Guidance
ASB works to provide a continuum of services for students with mild learning differences,
mild language difficulties, students needing extra assistance in specific academic areas and
students needing social and/or emotional counseling and social skills training.
At ASB, we understand that student learning and academic achievement is enhanced when
students are given both the support and the skills to successfully overcome the various
challenges they face during childhood and adolescence. Toward this end, ASB’s Middle School
counselor provides short-term personal and academic counseling to support 6th, 7th and
8th grade students in addressing the issues impacting their learning and/or their emotional/
social well-being in a developmentally appropriate way. Through counseling services, Middle
School students receive support and learn important life skills needed to resolve their unique
problems. The counselor regularly collaborates with parents, teachers, school administrators
and outside professionals to optimally address the educational, emotional and social needs of
students in ASB’s Middle School.
Depending on each student’s needs, the counselor can help students to:
• Improve personal responsibility.
• Strategize for academic or Co-Curricular success.
• Make suitable decisions about friendships, relationships and stressful choices.
• Develop positive attitudes.
• Expand self-concept, self-control and self-reliance.
• Choose courses appropriate for individual interests and talents.
• Reduce stress.
• Get and stay organized.
In addition, the Middle School counselor is an integral part of the decision-making team
which helps determine special program needs for students. Likewise, advisors play an active
role in the everyday counseling of students and work collaboratively with the Middle School
Counselor to ensure the well-being and continued growth of our students.
English As an Additional Language (EAL)
At ASB, we believe that with appropriate support, students new to the English language can
and will succeed in our Middle School. We believe that students learn language best in an
Therefore our program encourages EAL students to remain in mainstream classes with
their peers to the maximum degree possible. Mainstream classroom teachers aim to
make appropriate and reasonable accommodations and modifications to instructional
and assessment practices to help students succeed. We also believe that students bring