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Welcome to Harbor Springs Middle School Counseling Office

Let me start by telling you a little bit about myself...


After graduating from Central Michigan University in 1998, I made the big move to Harbor Springs to be a sixth grade teacher. In 2004, I received my Master of Arts degree in Counseling from CMU. The following school year, I became the part-time middle school counselor and continued to teach part-time as well. The 2010-2011 school year marks my sixth year as the school counselor and thirteenth year as a teacher. I truly enjoy working with students in the classroom, in small groups, and individually. The middle school years are such a time of growth and change that I never know what the day will bring. When I am not at school working, I spend time with my husband, Scott, eight-year-old daughter, Madelaine, two-year-old son, Benjamin, and one-year-old daughter, Lillian.

Please feel free to contact me at 526-4756 or email me at mmcshannock@harborps.org. Also, my office is located in the Middle School's main office, and the best time to reach me is in the morning since I teach in the afternoon. I look forward to assisting you in any way possible to make your student's middle school years a success and positive experience.


Megan McShannock


Attention 8th Grade Parents:

***By the end of Trimester 2 next Thursday, I will have completed my "Transition Talk" with each 8th grade student individually. During my meeting with the students, we discussed their ACT Explore results, Career Cruising - Educational Development Plan, and High School. If you have any questions, concerns, or comments regarding my time spent with your 8th grader, please let me know.

***Thursday, March 24th, Mrs. Richardson will be coming back to the middle school to talk to the 8th graders about the high school schedule, courses, credits, trimesters, etc. The students will be sent home with paperwork to be filled out and approved by their parents or guadian regarding their 9th grade schedule. Please discuss this with your 8th grader after March 24th, make decisions, and return the paperwork to school.

I have attached the power point that Mrs. Richardson and I will use when discussing the ACT tests with the 8th graders. Please review and let me know if you have any questions, comments, or concerns. ACT EXPLORE


***Check PowerSchool on a regular basis.

***Check your student's planner each night for homework and make sure he or she is using it as a tool to stay organized.

***Help your student organize his or her trapper keeper and/or binders on a weekly basis recycling any papers that are not needed anymore.

***If your student's teachers use schoolplanner.com, visit the website to find out upcoming assignments, tests, quizzes, projects, etc.

***Communicate with your student's teachers on a regular basis and attend parent/teacher conferences.

***Spend time with your student and provide opportunities for him or her to talk to you about life, school, friends, stress, etc.

What is happening during the middle school years...

I have attached a power point that addresses the changes and needs of your middle school student during this unique time of his or her life as well as provides suggestions and resources for parents.

The Middle School Years

Throughout the school year, all 7th and 8th grade students will have the opportunity to use Career Cruising.

  • In seventh grade, the students will complete Career Matchmaker which consists of a series of questions about their interests, skills, likes, and dislikes. After answering the questions, the students are provided with a list of 40 careers.
  • In eighth grade, the students will begin to input information into their EDP (Educational Development Plan). They will complete Career Matchmaker, explore careers that interest them, research colleges, and
  • If you would like to explore the Career Cruising website, please click on the link below.
  • username - hspringsms/password - rams










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