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Please click on the link below to refer a student to see a school counselor.


What can a school counselor help with?
  • Classroom guidance lessons
  • School-wide assemblies/activities
  • Parent education workshops
  • Staff professional development workshops
  • Small group counseling
  • Short-term individual counseling
  • Community referrals
  • Conflict mediations


Conversations between the student and the counselor are considered confidential unless a student tells us someone is:
  • harming them
  • they are harming themselves, or
  • they are harming someone else.
Staying Calm
Available 24/7


To proactively address suicide awareness and prevention, all middle schools in CUSD are presenting the depression and Signs of Suicide (SOS) program. Suicide is currently the second leading cause of death among youth. This program has been used by thousands of schools in the USA for over twelve years. Data shows that this program increases awareness of depression and help-seeking behaviors of adolescents. We presented the SOS program to all 7th graders this year throughout the month of September.
To learn more about the program click below:
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Counselor's Corner

Meet the Counseling Team

Vision Statement:
The students at Marco Forster Middle School have developed the attitudes, skills, and knowledge to be successful members of society in the 21st century.  Our students are problem solvers, responsible, resilient, and self-advocates. Our students have also learned the importance of being respectful and positive influences to others regardless of differences.  Marco Forster Middle School students also have the background knowledge and resources to be successful in their future careers.

Mission Statement:

The mission of the Marco Forster Middle School Counseling Program is to provide all students with a data-driven comprehensive school counseling program that supports all students’ academic, college/career, and social/emotional needs. Through the use of data, surveys and collaboration with stakeholders, we identify needs and advocate for equity, access, and success for all. In addition, we are dedicated to providing students with the knowledge, skills, and attitudes that prepares them to be successful citizens in the 21st century that exhibit character excellence.


  1. All students should receive a comprehensive school counseling program that meets their academic, career, and social/emotional needs.
  2. All students can develop the skills to become life-long learners and productive members of society.
  3. The school counselor will teach personal characteristics that will promote positive social interactions with others.
  4. All students have the right to participate in a school counseling program that is culturally sensitive.
  5. The school counselor will disaggregate data to determine which groups of students need additional support to close the achievement gap.
  6. The school counselor will use evidence-based practices and data to drive the school counseling program.
  7. The school counselor will develop, deliver, and analyze the school counseling program to determine effectiveness.
  8. The school counselor will serve as an advocate to eliminate systemic barriers to student achievement.
  9. The school counselor will abide by the ASCA Ethical Standards for school counselors to ensure professionalism. 
  10. The school counselor will collaborate with stakeholders within the school and outside to work towards a common goal of equity and access for all students.
  11. The school counselor will provide services that enhance students’ college and career readiness. 
  12. The school counseling program works towards improving the school climate.

Karla Muratalla

6th Grade Counselor


Amanda Novoa

7th Grade Counselor


Tina Parsaee

8th Grade Counselor


Samira Yaganeh

Intervention Counselor