Counseling Corner

  • Welcome to the Northwood Counseling Corner!

    Students learn best when they feel good about themselves and their relationships with others.

    Our school counselors, Mrs. Bottorff and Mrs. Damerow, support Northwood students with academic, college, and social-emotional skills.

    Schedule an Appointment

    Please call (253) 373-7780 or contact your counselor to make an appointment.

    Seventh Grade

    Contact Renee Damerow at (253) 373-6633 or

    Eighth Grade

    Contact Brenda Bottorff at (253) 373-6631 or


  • Help Your Child Finish Strong

    As the weather warms up, chances are your middle schooler is beginning to count down the days until summer vacation. These last several weeks are as important as any other, so it is vital that they stay focused and finish off the semester strong.

    Stay Interested

    Continue to express interest in your child’s classes and school activities. Do not stop asking your child about what is happening in class just because you have grown familiar over the year. Check Skyward together, talk about challenges, and celebrate successes.

    Keep Routines

    With the extended daylight and early start to the mornings, it is important that your child maintain his/her regular routine after school and at bedtime.

    Set Goals & Consequences

    Keep your student accountable for their grades. Set realistic goals together for the semester and come up with a plan of action. Use summer activities as incentives or provide appropriate consequences. The thought of missing out on a summer activity may be enough to motivate your child to persevere and finish strong.

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Tips for Academic Success

  • Be organized.

    Use the teacher websites, keep a planner, and keep your assignments in a folder or notebook.

    Come to school and be on time.

    Attendance matters. It is difficult for students to keep up with their current assignments if they also have missing assignments. If you are out of school due to illness, please log-in to skyward or your teacher’s websites (SWIFT) for your assignments.

    If a student is absent or tardy to school, the parent or guardian should excuse the absence.

    Do your homework.

    Homework matters in middle school and will make a difference in your grade.

    Develop good study habits.

    The amount of homework you have will continue to increase throughout middle and high school. Learn to use your time wisely and develop strong study skills in middle school so you are already prepared for the work load in high school.

    Participate in class.

    Teachers want you to be involved and enjoy hearing your feedback. Share your thoughts!

    Choose your friends wisely.

    Your peers make a large impact in your life, especially in middle school.

    Be a leader.

    Take responsibility for your actions!

    Have fun!

    Learning can be fun! Enjoy every moment here at Northwood.

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