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Melanie Martinez

505-344-4389 ext. 54810



  • Academic support
  • Bully prevention 
  • Conflict and bullying resolution
  • Crisis response services
  • Parent/teacher conferences
  • Peer mediaton
  • Personal, social, and emotional support
  • Referals to outside agencies
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  • Small groups
  • Substance abuse education

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Counseling Department


To provide a comprehensive developmental program based on the academic, social, and emotional needs of all students. To foster a notion of respect, support, trust, and community among all students; through advocacy and collaboration with parents, teachers, administrators, and the community. The counseling program promotes academic and life-long success through continued educational support and social/emotional growth



To provide students with the skills and resources necessary for them to make self-directed, realistic and responsible decisions, accept personal responsibility for their actions, believe in their abilities, and live up to their dreams. 


Students disclosure in the counseling office is confidential and private information unless a student reports:

1.  Harm to self

2.  Harm to others

3.  Student is being harmed or neglected by someone else


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6th Grade:

Empowerment is an APS Middle School Bullying prevention presentation that is given to all 6th grade students during their Science class. This is a two day presentation that provides students with information about bullying, the statistics of bullying, the types of bullying, and what to do when they see or experience an event that could be considered bullying. Students are encouraged to be upstanders and not bystanders. 


7th Grade: 

One Person Can Make a Difference is a Bully and Sexual Harassment prevention presentation, created by the counselor Ms. Martinez, which is given to all 7th grade students during their Social Studies class.  This is a two day presentation that reviews the types of bullying, explains what sexual harassment is, and why sexual harassment is a form bullying. The APS sexual harassment guide for middle school and high school students is reviewed with the students as well. 


8th Grade: 

Entering High School is an informational presentation that is presented to all 8th grade students during their social studies class. This presentation provides the students with information on what to expect from high school, how to stay organized, and manage their time. The presentation encourages the students to begin thinking about setting goals for themselves, both short term and long term. 


Next step plans are created with each 8th grade student and sent to the high school in which they will attend for their freshmen year. The Next Step plan is a detailed record of the student’s goals and how they plan on accomplishing them throughout high school.   


National Bullying Prevention Month