Counselor's News
Instructors: Miss Johnson and Ms. Atkins

Office Hours

Ms. Johnson  Monday - Friday  8:35a.m.-3:35 p.m.

Ms. Atkins Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, & Friday  8:35a.m.-3:35p.m.

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Community Resources

We miss seeing our LRES families and little Lake Ridge Lions! We're all in this together so we want to provide you with information about some of the community resources as they become available.

Feel free to reach out to us via email at (Diana Johnson) or (Jolie Atkins) if you have any questions or concerns. We will be available to provide virtual consultation support as needed. Please see the attached guidelines regarding our role during this unprecedented time.

Take care, be safe & be pawsitive!


Resource Links

PWCS Family Support during Distance Learning (2).docx
Local Resources for COVID 19.docx
Regulation 651-2 - Confidentiality of Student-Disclosed Information

Virtual Schoolhouse Schedule

LRES Virtualhouse Schedule -4.13.20 (1).pdf

LRES Virtual Attendance Spirit Week
Hope you were able to join in on the fun! 

LRESVirtual Spirit Attendance Week 4019c1169f8e.pdf 

Special Announcement
Rising Sixth Graders

To all of our fifth graders, we want you to know how proud we are of you and what you have accomplished so far!  We know you are probably getting very excited about moving onto middle school next year.
  Please scroll down to our Middle School Folder below to find some important information from Lake Ridge Middle School. You will get a glance at what the schedule will look like, available extracurricular activities, fun incentives and more. 
Stay tuned to your Class Dojo pages for the most updated information. Good news you will also be able to find your LRMS Counseling Department on Twitter.
  Please read about the upcoming information meeting sponsored by the LRMS Music Department and other important information in the LRMS Wolf Pack Smores Newsletter below:



Past Announcements

Middle School Specialty Information Nights

For all rising Sixth Graders, Lake Ridge Middle School will be hosting an informational night about their World Language Specialty Program on November 14, 2019 at 7:00p.m. and January 16, 2020 at 7:00p.m. The deadline for the online application to be completed is February 1, 2020. If you have any questions, feel free to contact Diana Johnson or Jolie Atkins.

Welcome Announcement to New Students 

Welcome to our New Lake Ridge Lions. Hope you can attend our New Student Orientation Programs this week as we look forward to meeting you soon. Also want to welcome back our returning students and families. Hope you are looking forward to starting another exciting school year!!!


Safe At Home Safe Alone
Fourth Grade Program 

Thank you very much to all of our volunteers who either helped to teach the Safe At Home Safe Alone Program on Wednesday, October 30 or provided materials in order for the program to run smoothly. Hope you will join us again next school year! In this program students learned practical tips on how to handle emergency situations for staying safe as they approach the appropriate age for staying home alone. Please visit our parent resources section of our webpage to view Prince William County's Child Supervision Guidelines. The program emphasized this is a family decision so it is the parent's discretion when their child is ready to stay home alone. 

Champs Peer Mediators

Thank you to our Champs Peer Mediators and Champs Alumni for coming out to assist with our New Student Orientation Program. Your help was so greatly appreciated! 

LRES Attendance Spirit Weeks

Our LRES Attendance Spirit Weeks are a great way to celebrate good attendance. Every day equals a new learning opportunity in which we are so excited for your child to be a part of.
Stay tuned to hear more as each day we will do different things to recognize these special weeks. Hopefully, everyone will join in on the fun! 

Specialty Program Announcements

Middle School Specialty Program Information

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Middle school students in Prince William County are offered the options of remaining at their base school, transferring to a specialty program in World Languages, Mathematics and Science, or enrolling in the International Baccalaureate Middle Years Programme or a Traditional School. 

Visit the Middle School Specialty Program web page or view more details about these opportunities or download the Middle School Programs guide below to view more information about middle school specialty programs in Prince William County Public Schools. 

Find Out More

Fifth-grade students and their parents are invited to explore the wealth of specialty programs available to students as middle school options. General information sessions in October introduced PWCS specialty programs and offered an overview of the application process.  

Individual schools offer information sessions for students and their parents to learn more about specific programs. See the calendar for dates.

The Middle School Special Opportunities Application
The deadline to submit applications is tomorrow February 1, 2020.




You are invited to attend a special session on all of the Prince William County Schools Specialty Programs. You will have an opportunity to learn about the broad range of opportunities available to PWCS middle school students at the upcoming Middle School Specialty Program general information session. It will be held on October 14 and October 15 from 7 – 9 p.m. at the Kelly Leadership Center. Representatives of specialty programs will be available to answer your questions and provide detailed information about their respective programs at both meetings.

Your son or daughter has the following options:
• Remain in the regular program in your base school
• Apply for the specialty program in your base school
• Transfer for a specialty program at another school
• Transfer to a traditional school for grades 1–8

Hope you can attend!

Helpful Tips for Academic Success:
  • Get plenty of sleep
  • Eat a nutritious breakfast
  • Prepare for school the night before (check weather and pick out clothes)
  • Plan the morning so you have enough time to prepare for school (it may help to use an alarm)
  • Remind student to check for books/resources necessary to complete homework assignments before leaving school
  • Be sure to put your homework in your backpack when completed
  • Identify a well-lit study area
  • Extra school supplies at home
  • Ask for help when needed