•  Hello Saxons! Welcome to the Middle School Counseling Page. 

    Meet the Staff: 
    Cole Name: Mrs. Pamela Cole
    Phone: 269-945-6146
    Fax: 269-945-6101
    I am Mrs. Pamela Cole, the middle school counselor at Hastings Middle School. I graduated with my Master of Arts in Counseling from Michigan State University in 2004. The 2019-2020 school year marks my fifth year working with Hastings Middle School students and my 16th serving as a middle school counselor. I look forward to every day I get to spend working with middle school students and feel very lucky to do this job.

    As a middle school counselor, I perform the following roles in order to promote positive and well-rounded development of our students in the areas of academic, career, and personal/social domains:

    • Individual counseling
    • Small group counseling
    • Classroom guidance (Large Group Counseling)
    • Attendance and participation in academic intervention meetings
    • Organize and administer building testing
    • Observe students in many different school environments
    • Consult and collaborate with students, parents, teachers, administrators and social workers
    • Respond to school crisis or emergency situations
    • Provide information and resources to parents on many different issues
    Student Support Specialist
    Coltson Name: Mrs. Dawn Coltson
    Phone: 269-945-6136
    Fax: 269-945-6101

    Hello! I am Mrs. Dawn Coltson, the Student Support Specialist at Hastings Middle School.  I am a licensed master of Social Work. I attended Western Michigan University for my undergraduate degree and Michigan State University for my graduate degree.  I have been in Hastings for nearly 25 years now. I have worked for the Community Action Head Start Program, Early On at the Barry Intermediate School District and Barry County Community Mental Health.  I am coming to the Middle School from Southeastern Elementary where I have spent the last 4 ½ years as their Social Worker. I am excited to “graduate” to the Middle School to begin a new adventure! I am looking forward to seeing many familiar faces.  

    As a Student Support Specialist, I will be supporting and promoting positive well-rounded development of our students through social emotional skills support and development.  Following are some of the supports I will be able to provide:

    • Social emotional groups to build student coping capacity and modify behavior
    • Social Emotional individual counseling, short term
    • Treatment Planning
    • Trauma focused interventions
    • Family centered interventions
    • Participate in FBA (functional behavioral analysis)/BIP (Behavior intervention plans) team meetings and interventions
    • Participate in Child Study teams
    • Support students with chronic attendance issues

    In order to better serve students, parents, and teachers we have created an online form that will allow for anyone to request assistance from Mrs. Cole or Mrs. Coltson regardless of if we are in the office or on the middle school campus. We intend to meet with the student, parent, or teacher within 24 hours of the request as long as Iwe are back in the building within that time frame. Our hope is that this will create easier access to counseling services.

    How do I connect with the Counselor or Student Support Specialist?


  • How do I get more help for my student?

    This form is used to request additional assistance for a student who is struggling to be successful behaviorally and/or academically at school.  This form can be filled out by a teacher, parent, community member, or student. The concerns indicated in this form will be addressed by Hastings Middle School's Intervention Team within 2 school days. The process that follows the completion of this form could include a historical review of grades, behaviors, and other related information, as well as a team meeting to address what interventions would best fit the student's needs.  You may be asked to be a part of the student's team of supportive individuals.

  • ***This website is new and will be developing over time. Resources will be made available as they are collected and created.

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