Meet the Counselors!
Vision, Mission and Goals at CMMS
"Connecting Schools, Families, and the Community"
All students feel safe, supported, confident, and prepared to pursue success in life.
Provide a comprehensive program that inspires and empowers students from a social/emotional, academic, and career perspective, promoting student success in a diverse society.
- Create and maintain a positive atmosphere at Cougar Mountain Middle School
- Provide students with equitable opportunities to attain success
- Inspire students to form healthy and positive relationships with fellow Cougars
- Encourage parent and community involvement
- Build long lasting relationships
My name is Carrie Berglund and I am one of the school counselors here at CMMS. I see students with last names beginning with letters A-L. I'm in my 32nd year in the district and have been both a classroom teacher and a counselor. This is my 8th year at Cougar Mountain and I am so glad to be at such a supportive and positive school. I enjoy spending time together with family and friends cheering for the WSU Cougars (Go Cougs!), traveling, going to concerts, being outdoors, reading mystery books, and attending community events.
My name is Kaytlin Peterman and I am the school counselor for students with the last names beginning with letters M-Z. This is my 5th year at CMMS and I love being a part of the Cougar Mountain family! I am originally from Las Vegas, NV and was in the field of education for 4 years in grades Pre-K-12. For fun, I love to watch hockey! My favorite hockey team is the Vegas Golden Knights (GO KNIGHTS GO)! In addition to enjoying all things hockey, I love to spend time with my family, read, attend concerts, and overall, just enjoy all that life has to offer!
My name is Victoria Lerman and I am the new social worker at CMMS. This is not only my first year at Cougar Mountain, but it is also my first year in the Bethel School District. I worked the past 8 years in the Peninsula School District. I moved to Washington State from Texas 10 years ago and worked for the Peninsula School District for the last 8 years. I enjoy spending time with family and friends. I absolutely love to travel, where I can learn and explore different cultures. I’m looking forward to getting to know you!
We see students individually, in small groups, and in the classroom setting. During the course of the school year, it would be safe to predict that we will work with all kids in some capacity. Many student concerns are common, ordinary kid concerns that can be handled at school. Be assured that if something were to come up that was more serious, parents would be contacted and we would work together to solve the situation. Regarding confidentiality information shared with the counselors will remain confidential unless the student is a harm to themselves, a harm to others, or someone is harming the student.
To reach us here at school, feel free to call, email, or stop by the office. If we are available, we will see you then. If we are not available, we can schedule an appointment.
How does a student see the counselor?
- Self-referral (QR code)
- Request of a counselor
- Parent request
- Administrative request
- Teacher or other staff request
What do school counselors do?
Help our students to:
- become resilient, successful learners
- gain and master personal and social skills
- cope in times of crisis
Assist the school staff to:
- meet educational outcomes for students of diverse backgrounds and abilities
- work effectively with parents
- implement effective prevention programs to address attendance, bullying, school safety, social skills, and child abuse.
- understand family, cultural, and community factors affecting students
Support parents to:
- become active in their child’s education
- understand their child’s developmental and educational needs
- access school and community resources
- strengthen their parenting skills
Link schools and communities to:
- coordinate the delivery of educational and mental health services
- develop resources to adequately meet the needs of students and families
- provide resources for school supplies, field trips, holidays, and other needs
Here at CMMS, we are implementing a Social-Emotional Learning program known as Second Step.
“The Second Step Middle School Program is SEL that brings together today’s technology, the latest in developmental research, and feedback from actual classrooms. The result: a program that helps build a culture of connectedness and empowers middle schoolers with the skills and concepts to succeed socially, in academics, and in life.”
Every student in the school receives this instruction in Advisory during first period. Staff and students use the skills and strategies throughout the school day. As a counseling/social work team, we strive to integrate Second Step terminology, philosophies, and principles during individual and group counseling. By implementing this program school-wide, and in more intense sessions, we are helping to create a more positive system that provides students with a supportive environment from an academic and social emotional perspective. Social-Emotional Learning skills are directly linked to our Vision, Mission and Goals here at Cougar Mountain, and the Bethel School District as a whole.
We are looking forward to your partnership with the Second Step program!
What is College Bound?
It is a scholarship program that provides tuition to many Washington State colleges for students who qualify.
What do I have to do?
Students must complete the application by the end of their 8th grade year, maintain a 2.0 GPA in high school, fill out the FAFSA (Federal Application for Federal Student Aid), and apply to an eligible college in their senior year of high school in order to get the College Bound Scholarship.
Who is eligible?
Students whose families meet the requirements on the application will qualify. To complete an application online, please click the following link: https://fortress.wa.gov/wsac/portal/programs/college%20bound/application
For more information, please go to: https://www.wsac.wa.gov/college-bound