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Contact Katie Shepherd  Katie Shepherd Counselor

Counseling Corner

Welcome to the CWMS Counseling Page!

Pictured  L-R   Tara Garrison, Katie Shepherd, Julie Mignano

Here is our Counseling Team!

Ms. Tara Garrison, Counselor 

All 8th grade and 7th grade last name A-L

Tara Garrison

Ms. Katelyn Shepherd, Counselor 

All 6th grade and 7th grade last name M-Z

Katie Shepherd

Mrs. Julie Mignano, Registrar/Counselor Tech

Julie Mignano

Counseling Office 925-855-4416

Parent Ed Night Hosted by the Counselors!

January 24th at 6:30pm in the CW Library

Preparing your middle schooler for what's next: The Building blocks for high school and beyond.

Come join us to discuss the tools and resources available about the foundational steps you can take with your middle school student to prepare for high school and beyond. We will be discussing a timeline starting in 8th grade through senior year about developmental steps toward academic, personal/social and college and career readiness. This PTA Parent Ed night will be held on February 24th at 6:30pm in the Charlotte Wood Library by our CW Counselors Tara Garrison and Katie Shepherd *

*This Parent Ed night will be mainly directed toward parents of 8th grade students, however, all are welcome to attend.  For more information check on the Counseling Corner website.


College /Career Day 2019!

Our 14th Annual College/Career Day will be held on Friday, February 22, 2019.

Charlotte Wood Middle School feels that career exploration and awareness is a valuable tool in helping students uncover the possibilities that await them in high school, college and beyond.  Studies show that at-risk students who are involved in career exploration and awareness activities at the middle school level are more likely to establish an effective program plan of study for high school, thus better preparing them for their future career selections.  Your involvement in the lives of our students, even if for a small amount of time, will make a difference in at least one student’s life.  

Please take a moment and consider whether you or someone you know would like to participate in College/Career Day this year. If you are interested, please confirm your place by completing the registration in the link below.

To ensure your place at College/Career day please click on this here to confirm your attendance.

Thank you!

Peer Tutoring 18-19

We are continuing our Peer Tutoring Program in which 7th and 8th grade students who are doing well academically meet each week with students who are experiencing difficulties. Students in need of assistance will benefit academically by receiving help from a peer with whom they feel comfortable. The rules of confidentiality and mutual respect will be discussed and adhered to at all times by both tutors and tutees. The tutors have been trained and can help with homework, organization, studying, etc. If your child would like to be set up with a peer tutor, please have your child return this signed permission slip to the Counseling Office as soon as possible. Permission slip are also available in the counseling office.


Sessions will be held after school starting October 16 on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 3 - 4 p.m. in Room 501. Questions?  Contact Katie Shepherd


Please note that this is a space available program and spots are filled on a first come first serve basis.


Lunchtime Activities

Is you student looking for new things to do during lunch. Encourage them to check out some of these amazing opportunities and keep yourself updated with new activities by checking the Counselor Corner on the CW website

  • Game Room (located in the MPR).  A place where your student can hang out, play games and do arts and crafts.  Available Monday, Wednesday and Friday.

  • Library- Run by Wendy Cunningham our school Librarian

    • Monday- Games

    • Tuesday- Maker Space

    • Wednesday- Book Club

    • Thursday- Crafts

    • Friday- Chess

Counseling Events