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Counselor's Corner

Sonja Mars, Robert Lewis Magnet School Counselor

Welcome Back Bulldogs!


My name is Sonya A. Mars, and I will be your new counselor at Robert Lewis Middle School.

My experience  as a counselor, spans over  twenty years in the field of counseling. I am a graduate of  Mississippi College, Alcorn State University and Southern University.

I am elated to be a part of the Robert Lewis Magnet School Family!  I look forward to a productive school year, one that is designed, to be packed with purpose and promise. 

My goal, is to assist students in navigating the choices, challenges, and opportunities amidst their middle school journey while fostering personal, social-emotional, and academic growth. My hope is that ALL scholars reach their full potential without limitations.

It is vital that we work as a team, in order to accomplish the vision, set forth by the school and the school district.

I am excited to provide counseling services to our students and families, as we continue to meet the needs of students, teachers and parents at Robert Lewis Middle School.

I will conduct classroom, individual, and group counseling sessions.  Individual and group counseling services will be offered in the counselor's suite; however, group counseling sessions will be offered on an as needed basis. Our scholars who attend virtual classes, will be able to participate in the SEL sessions on Friday's. We will let you know, when we start our Friday sessions.

I have an open door policy, so please feel free to stop by and call at any time. If you have questions or concerns, please call me at 601-445-2994. I will be happy to assist each of you.

Have a Happy, Safe and Productive School Year!!

Why Is Middle School Important?

School transition is not a "one size fit all" approach, but it is a framework that includes strategies as well as policies and procedures. These strategies are tailored to meet the needs of the students, school and communities.  Middle School is a time for your children to learn something new! Your scholars need to learn how to learn, and should become increasingly independent and responsible. It is important that they  start taking ownership of their own education.

Why do we need Middle/Junior High School Counselors?

Today’s young people are living in an exciting time, with an increasingly diverse society, new technologies, and expanding opportunities. To help ensure that they are prepared to become the next generation of parents, workers, leaders, and citizens, every student needs support, guidance, and opportunities during adolescence, a time of rapid growth and change. Early adolescents face unique and diverse challenges, both personally and developmentally, that have an impact on academic achievement.

Counseling Services Provided are:  

Registration, Individual , Small Group Counseling,  Crisis Counseling, Classroom Presentations, Parent and Teacher Consultations/Conferences, Referrals for outside Services and Community Resources, Career Exploration, SEL(Social & Emotional Learning) and P.B.I.S.(Positive Behavior Interventions & Support), ISP(Individual Success Plans), Attendance Issues, Honor Roll and Attendance Celebrations.

Our children are our most valuable assets.  They hold our future; their success depends on us working together, to prepare them for success academically, socially and emotionally.   Parents are their child's first teachers and play a vital role in Social Emotional Learning (SEL).  We want to introduce you to SEL and provide tools and information to meet the needs of our scholars.


We are excited about this next step in building a brighter future for our scholars, and look forward to your participation as well!  

What is Social Emotional Learning (SEL)?

Social and emotional learning (SEL), is the process through which children and adults understand and manage emotions, set and achieve positive goals, feel and show empathy for others, establish and maintain positive relationships, and make responsible decisions.

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Treat others right and make smart decisions.
Putting your confidence in someone you can depend on.
Being brave enough to do what you should do, even when you're afraid.
Showing appreciation or gratitude.
Finding a way to be happy, even when things don't go your way.
Learning something new, so you can be better at whatever you
Using your imagination to do something unique.
Deciding that someone who has wronged you doesn't have to
Doing what is right, even when no one is watching.
Deciding it's worth it, to finish what you started.