School Counseling Department

Meet Our School Counselors

NAME POSITION EMAIL PHONE NUMBER
Justin Obermeyer Counselor Last Names A – K justin_obermeyer@dpsk12.org 720-423-9448
Thalia Ortiz Counselor Last Names L -Z thalia_ortiz-velez@dpsk12.org 720-423-9507

School Counseling Department Mission Statement

The Hamilton Middle School Counseling Department provides a comprehensive, developmental counseling program which endeavors to support and advocate for each scholar in reaching his/her personal level of excellence in academics, college/career pursuits, and personal/social well-being.

We advocate on behalf of our scholars to create an environment to foster equity, access, and success for all.  We encourage scholars to gain new perspectives as they learn from the rich cultural diversity experienced at Hamilton.  We believe collaboration with school, family, and community is essential to best equip our students with the necessary tools to reach their potential and function successfully in a global world.

THE FOLLOWING SERVICES ARE PROVIDED TO ALL SCHOLARS THROUGH INDIVIDUAL, SMALL GROUP, AND CLASSROOM LESSONS:

ACADEMIC
SUPPORTS

  • Attendance
  • Study Skills
  • School of Choice support
  • Individual Academic Planning
  • 5th to 6th transition
  • 8th to 9th transition
  • Effective Learning Skills

COLLEGE AND CAREER SUPPORTS

  • Individualized Career and Academic Plans (ICAP) lessons with all students
  • High School Visits
  • High School Options Night
  • College Visits
  • College and Career planning and goal setting

PERSONAL AND SOCIAL SUPPORT

  • One-on-one counseling
  • Small groups (specialized topics)
  • New student welcome team
  • Referrals to community services

Individual Career and Action Plan (ICAP)

Each quarter the school counselors visit classrooms to talk with students about their Individual Career & Action Plan (ICAP). ICAP is a multi-year process that intentionally guides students and families in the exploration of career, academic, and postsecondary opportunities. Students develop the awareness, knowledge, attitudes, and skills to create their own meaningful and powerful pathways to be career and or college ready.

Lessons have been created specifically for each grade level and differ in their content. If you are interested in learning more about a presentation we encourage you to connect with us and we will be happy to answer any questions.

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