Guidance and Counseling
Guidance Counselors and Staff:
Ms. Moody, Guidance Counselor, 6th grade and 7th grade girls
Mr. DeVilling, Guidance Counselor, 7th grade boys and 8th grade.
Ms. Stokes, Staffing Specialist, and Ms. Payton, ESOL Specialist
Ms. Klarer and Ms. Bland, Guidance Clerks, and Ms. Welch, IPC
Welcome to the Guidance Office! Our mission is to assist our students, their parents, and their teachers in facilitating Fort King Middle's mission statement and goals for each and every student.
The school encourages parent-teacher conferences. Please contact the school Guidance office at: phone: 352-671-4728 fax: 352-671-4737, or email Ms. Bland at Kathryn.Bland@marion.k12.fl.us to arrange for a conference with your child’s teachers. Conferences will be scheduled between 8:30 a.m. – 9:00 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. When a conference is scheduled, a student’s team of teachers will be present. If an individual teacher is requested, then a telephone number should be left where the parent can be reached from 8:15 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Parents should notify the school on or before the morning of their scheduled conference if they are unable to attend.
Mrs. Moody, Guidance Counselor
- Help children understand themselves and others
- Help to identify children with special needs
- Provide crisis intervention
- Develop plans to prevent academic/behavioral problems from developing
- Provide Career Awareness programs
- Coordinate the efforts of other professionals working for children
- Provide orientation for children coming to Liberty for the first time
- Promote positive attitudes toward persons of diverse cultural, racial, ability, and socioeconomic backgrounds
Mr. Devilling, Guidance Counselor
Also housed in the Guidance Office is the Guidance Clerk, Ms. Bryant. Some of her responsibilities include: ESE and ESOL paperwork, student records and various other student services. She can assist with student registration and setup appointments for Parent-Teacher conferences.
Registration: All new students must register in the Guidance Office. Our personnel are familiar with all the requirements and can help you with questions.
Attendance: Parents are asked to call the Attendance Office when a child is absent. Read the Marion County Code of Student Conduct for specific State Statutes and consequences regarding absenteeism. However, upon return to school, a note is still required following each absence. This note is to be turned in to the Homeroom Teacher upon the student’s return to school. An admission slip will be issued which must be signed by all teachers and turned in to the student’s last teacher of the day. If the absence is due to a medical appointment, a note from the doctor or dentist should be presented. If the student fails to bring a note, the absence will be unexcused, as an admission slip will be issued for excused absences only. The student will be issued an admission slip only upon bringing a note. “Chronically absent from school” will be defined as five (5) unexcused absences or absences for which reasons are unknown within a calendar month or ten (10) unexcused absences within a ninety (90) calendar day period. Those students deemed chronically absent will not be allowed to attend field trips that are scheduled during that period without Administrative approval. The student will then be required to have a Doctor’s note upon their return to school.
- Illness (Doctors note required if student is continually sick and repeatedly absent.)
- Death in family or illness in immediate family
- Absence authorized in advance by school administration (form available in main office).
- Medical appointments
Signing Out Early: All students must be signed out through Attendance by a parent or legal guardian before leaving during school hours (I.D. REQUIRED). Students will not be allowed to check out from school with any person who is not on the contact list. Telephone calls and notes will not change this policy.
Official Records: Your child's cumulative records are housed in the Guidance Office. If you need to review anything in the folder please call ahead and make an appointment for someone to go over the contents with you. If you need a copy of any document in your child's folder we can provide it for you. If you request copies, a charge will be assessed at 25 cents per copy. Again, please call ahead and we will try and have it ready for you or will send it home via your child. If you are transferring out of Fort King we will make sure all necessary documents are forwarded to your child's new school.
*If you are a non-custodial parent who wishes to have copies of report cards, interim reports, and other routine school information, please come to the guidance office. You will be required to provide self-addressed, stamped envelopes for this.
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