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School Counseling

Welcome to our School Counseling Page!

  • Mrs. Beth Valenta-1st, 3rd, 5th, FIS & AIS; Gifted Identification
  • Ms. McKenzie Hartless-KG, 2nd, 4th;

5th Grade News!


Dear Parents/Guardians of 5th grade students,                          January 5, 2023

Happy New Year!  It is time to start preparing for the middle school years and beyond.  For many of you, it is probably hard to imagine that your child’s elementary school career is coming to a close and that the second phase of his/her academic journey as a middle school student is on the horizon.  There are several important meetings to attend and deadlines to meet in January and February.  Please mark your calendars.

Today, most all middle school counselors came here to Three Chopt to talk with fifth grade students about the middle school experience.  This was for students only.  Your child listened to his/her feeder school even if they have applied to the IB program or GYSA. Many will receive sample schedules and information today.

Parents must login to the PowerSchool Parent Portal and create an account.  You must have your student’s ID number.  Teachers will be making recommendations for 6th grade. Parents can review the teacher recommendations and select electives online on January 16th-27th. In Mid-May, Parents and students will be able to check students’ course requests in PowersSchool for a final review.

If your child applied to the IB Program or GYSA, we will find out those results near the end of January, and if your child is accepted, you will receive a new instructions to complete a new course form at the school. You will receive the IB notification via mail.

If you do not have access to the internet and need help creating the PARENT PORTAL, please just let me know and I can help you. I have attached directions for you as well.

Additionally, I wanted to remind you of upcoming Middle School Transition meetings.  Please plan to attend the meeting that correspond with your child’s middle school:

Quioccasin: Curriculum Fair-January 12, 6-7:30. Please visit their website for detailed information.

Hungary Creek:  Curriculum Fair-January 11th, 6:00-8:00 pm

Tuckahoe:  Curriculum Fair-January 9th, 4:30-6:30 pm

Pocahontas:  Curriculum Carnival-January 12

Brookland:  Orientation, January 12, 5:30 pm, followed by Elective Fair 6-7:00 pm

Holman:  Curriculum Fair, January 11, 6-8:00 pm

Please know that I am happy to answer any questions, and help in any way over the next few months as we work together to prepare for middle school.  My email is or call me at 673-3755.

Welcome back!

Your School Counselor,

Beth Valenta



IB Information is here!

2022-2023 IB Application Timeline

Tuckahoe Middle School Open House Information

Tuckahoe IB Video

Moody Middle School Open House Information

Moody IB Video

IB for Parents Handout

*Please attend the open house based on your home elementary school.

Applications will be posted on Mrs. Valenta’s (Your School Counselor) Schoology page on Thursday, September 15th. Your child will show you how to find it on Schoology. Please fill out the application with your child’s full real name. If you have questions, please reach out to Mrs. Valenta at or call 673-3755.

This is an exciting opportunity!