Welcome to BVMS Counseling!
My name is Erin Grywalski and I am the School Counselor at Buckeye Valley Middle School. When I first started with Buckeye Valley, I was the traveling counselor between East and West Elementaries and during the 2019-2020 school year I was solely at BV West. I am SO happy to see so many familiar faces this year at the middle school!
A little bit about me:
Professionally, I made a later-in-life career change and graduated with my Masters in School Counseling in December 2017 from the University of Dayton (the Columbus/Dublin campus). Before this, I was a support administrator through the Delaware County Board of Developmental Disabilities and held various social work positions previously after graduating from Kent State University in 2007 with my undergraduate degree in Human Development and Family Studies with a concentration in Case Management.
Personally, I live in Delaware Ohio with my two young sons and my husband and am originally from Cleveland. All things Cleveland (especially baseball!), rainbows, kindness, and crafting are some of my numbers ones. :)
My goal at Buckeye Valley Middle School is to manage all students' academic, career, and social/emotional needs while encouraging student individuality, confidence, and ability. As the school counselor, I uphold the highest ethical standards to promote student welfare and identify needs and provide supports to the inclusive school community. I am a professional and active member of the American School Counselor Association (ASCA) as well as the Ohio School Counselor Association (OSCA) and my goal for the BV counseling program is to provide every student with their own opportunity to succeed.
You can contact me at any time at firstname.lastname@example.org or (740) 363-6626 ext. 3003
Buckeye Valley Local Schools is always seeking ways to improve the various services that we make available to our students and families. One of our primary efforts is to learn how we can best support students not only with their academic needs but also on a social-emotional level. Research shows that focusing on SEL leads to increased academic performance and also improves the emotional well-being and social behavior of students. This helps them to achieve in school and has benefits beyond the classroom. In order to learn more about the student experience at BV, we will be seeking students’ opinions via an online needs assessment/survey that will be completed by 3rd-11th-grade students during school time, once this fall and again in the spring. It takes about 20 minutes. The survey will ask students about their social-emotional competencies, e.g. how they persevere through setbacks, and how much they believe they can succeed academically.
You can view Panorama survey questions by viewing the attached sample questions, visiting the district webpage, or view the survey under the Guidance section of each building. You can also view a Columbus Dispatch article about the social-emotional efforts of area schools here.
It is our goal to help students learn more about themselves and how they learn best by completing this process. The information that is collected in the questionnaires will be for informational purposes only, and will not be used in any other way by staff members or other teachers at the school. If you would like your child to opt-out of taking the survey, please contact your building principal by December 9th, 2019 (for middle school).
Each year, students will take the survey in the fall and the spring to assess progress and measure student growth in the areas of self-awareness, self-management, self-efficacy, grit and growth mindset. This will help us to ensure that our approach to staff learning and supporting student’s social-emotional learning is on track. You will receive a notice such as this in advance of each survey administration.
We know that when students feel confident in their abilities and their value to their class, they are better able to achieve their full potential.
Being mindful is paying attention to the present moment in the mind, body, and environment, with an attitude of curiosity and kindness. Visit www.innerexplorer.org to learn more.
Academic Development – Standards guiding school counseling programs to implement strategies and activities to support and maximize each student’s ability to learn.
Current 8th graders, be sure to visit the High School Guidance webpage to check out the course catalog, see options for summer classes, and start your college planning!
College and Career Supports
Buckeye Valley’s College and Career Search System: Naviance Student
Naviance Student is a web-based program designed for you to explore career interests, find career options, and to set goals to ensure your success in school. To log in, go to www.buckeyevalley.k12.oh.us, click on the “Students” tab, and find the “Naviance FamilyConnection for BVMS” logo.
Your username is your Buckeye Valley e-mail address (email@example.com)
Your password is bvls, then your student ID (the same as what you use to log onto the computers here at school)