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School Counselors

School Counseling Department Staff 2023-2024 School Year

6th: Mr. Dylan Carlo

7th: Students with last names A-K will have Mrs. Lauren O’Neil; Students with the last names L-Z will have Mr. Dylan Carlo.

8th: Mrs. Lauren O'Neil

Visit each counselor’s Canvas Page for updates and announcements.

The School (Guidance) Counseling Department consists of three school counselors. We work closely with administrators, teachers, and other support staff to meet the social, emotional, and academic needs of all students. 

NOTE: Students have the same school counselor throughout all three years of middle school.

How do we support the Melican Middle School Community?


  • Foster skill building (making positive peer connections, coping strategies, stress management, self-advocacy).

  • Engage students in peer mediation/conflict resolution.

  • Assist teachers with effective behavior management strategies.

  • Provide counseling support to students on an as-needed basis.

  • Assist families with referrals for additional outside counseling support when needed.


  • Develop skill building (organization, time management, overall adjustment to middle school routines).

  • Work closely with teachers (at weekly team meetings) to discuss and support any students with academic concerns and to plan strategies for success.

How can students access the support of the counseling staff?

  • Students can schedule recurring check-in times or stop by to make an as-needed appointment (during Flex Block, lunch, and before school are all ideal times).

  • Parents/guardians can call to request/arrange an appointment for their child .

  • Teachers and/or administrators may refer students to the counseling department based on observations or concerns .

  • Counselors will meet all sixth grade students (as well as new 7th/8th grade students) during the students' first year at Melican.

How can parents/guardians contact the counseling staff?

  • We are here to support students and families in any way we can.  Please contact us with any questions or concerns. We are available through phone or e-mail, and we can also set up an appointment at school if you wish to meet in person.