Counseling Office

SOS - Signs of Suicide

As you may be aware, the Counseling Department does a presentation every year to all 7th graders called the SOS - Signs of Suicide.  This is accompanied by a  brief depression screener. 

Here are some links that provide additional information.

SOS - Signs of Suicide and Screening for Mental Health

Self-Injurious Behavior/Cutting Information for Parents

If you are worried about yourself or someone else, call 911 immediately. If it is not an emergency call Dakota County Crisis Response (Confidential) at 952-891-7171 or the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline, at 1-800-273-TALK (8255).  Also, please contact us in the HMS Counseling Office at (651)480-7084.

 Cell Phone and I
nternet Safety

Click here to watch a presentation that was given to all 7th and 8th grade students on Wednesday, April 10, 2018.

Families of Incoming 5th Graders! 

We are really looking forward to your child coming to HMS this year!  
If you would like more information on the transition to 5th grade, click here.  **Update**  There will not be a parent presentation this year.  Due to construction, we aren't able to use the auditorium.  We will send out an informational video instead.

If you have any questions, please contact us at any time as we know it can be a tumultuous time.  Our main number is (651)480-7084

The Guidance and Counseling Program of District #200 provides developmental as well as pro-active, preventative and remedial services. The program is a cooperative effort involving students, staff members, parents and the community. Its purpose is to empower all learners to lead satisfying and productive lives by assisting them in identifying and achieving educational, career, personal and social goals. We are here to help by working with academic issues, educational and career planning as well as personal concerns.

School counselors are actively committed to helping students explore their abilities, strengths, interests and talents as these traits relate to career awareness and development. 

  1. School counselors help parents focus on ways to further the education, personal and social growth of students. 
  2. School counselors work with teachers and other educators to help students explore their potential and set realistic goals for themselves. 
  3. School counselors seek to identify and utilize community resources that can enhance and complement comprehensive school counseling programs and help students become productive members of society. 

Comprehensive school counseling programs are considered an integral part of the educational process that enables all students to achieve success in school.


  • Individual Counseling
  • Academic Counseling
  • Support Groups
  • Career Exploration
  • Course Planning and Scheduling
  • Transition Groups
  • Special Services Referrals
  • Developmental Guidance Activities


Homework Completion

Study Skills, Organization and Test Taking

Lack of Motivation

Mental Health Resources


Chemical Dependency

Cyber Safety

Eating Disorders

School Refusal

Self-Injurious Behavior

Your counselor is ready to listen. If you have concerns about your family, friends, or even yourself make an appointment to see your counselor. We are here to help.


The counselors give me support in ways that I don't get from

my friends or at home.

~8th Grade Student

The counselors at the Middle School have always been a great resource and source of support when working with our most high risk students.

~Hastings Police Department

Because my friend told my counselor about my problem, I am alive today.

~7th Grade Student

    Listening Link - NOTICE:  The Listening Link is no longer available.  If you have something you need to report, please talk to a trusted adult immediately or call 911 if it is an emergency.