Counselor's Message

Hello and welcome!  My name is Mary Lou Resendes, the School Counselor. 


Middle school is a very exciting, yet challenging time in an adolescents’ life and for everyone involved.  Because of this, there are a variety of counseling services needed in the middle school setting. 


As the counselor at GEMS, my purpose is to provide students with access to professional support in the domains of academic, career, and personal/social development.  Students have the opportunity to be seen individually and/or in groups. They may self-refer by completing a counseling request form and dropping it off in the School Counselor’s mailbox that is located adjacent to the main office. There are times when students will need to drop in, as well.  Parents and teachers can also refer students for counseling services by contacting the counseling office via email ( and/or phone (916-645-6370).  Referrals are made to community agencies, as appropriate.  At GEMS, all staff members work together with parents and the community, to create a caring and supportive environment where young adolescents are encouraged to achieve overall wellness for academic success.

Western Placer Unified School District desires to provide a safe school environment that allows all students equal access and opportunities in the district's academic and other educational support programs, services, and activities. The Board prohibits, at any district school or school activity, unlawful discrimination, harassment, intimidation, and bullying of any student based on the student's actual race, color, ancestry, national origin, ethnic group identification, age, religion, marital or parental status, physical or mental disability, sex, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, or gender expression; the perception of one or more of such characteristics; or association with a person or group with one or more of these actual or perceived characteristics.

Western Placer Unified School District desea ofrecer un ambiente escolar seguro que permite a todos los estudiantes igualdad de acceso y oportunidades en el distrito escolar de apoyo a la educación y otros programas, servicios y actividades. La Junta prohíbe, en cualquier escuela del distrito o actividad escolar, discriminación ilegal, el acoso, la intimidación y el acoso de un estudiante basado en su raza, color, ascendencia, origen nacional, grupo étnico, edad, religión, estado civil o condición de padres, discapacidad física o mental, sexo, orientación sexual, género, identidad de género o expresión de género; la percepción de una o más de estas características; o de la asociación con una persona o grupo con una o más de estas características reales o percibidos.
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