Counselors' Corner

Sherry McPhillips

Counselor - 8th grade

760-432-4060 ext. 32831

Elizabeth Mendoza

Counselor - 7th grade

760-432-4060 ext. 32833

Jessica Garcia

Counselor - 6th grade

760-432-4060 ext. 32832

Jennifer Piranio

School Social Worker

760-432-4060 ext. 32899



PowerSchool gives parents access to their child’s grades and more.

  1. Go to PowerSchool Parent Portal.

  2. Enter your Username and Password.

  3. Once you see your child's class schedule and grades, click on the grade for each class and you can see the list of assignments and grades for the assignments.

We encourage students to check their grades at least once a week to stay current on assignments and academic progress. Parents can also track their student’s attendance.

If you do not have the current username/password for your student, please contact your student’s counselor.


Bear Valley School Counselors follow the American School Counselor Association (ASCA) standards and encourage the following mindsets for all students:

  • Belief in the development of the whole self, including a healthy balance of mental, social/emotional, and physical well-being

  • Self-confidence in the ability to succeed

  • Sense of belonging in the school environment

  • Understanding that postsecondary education and life-long learning are necessary for long-term career success

  • Belief in using abilities to their fullest to achieve high-quality results and outcomes

  • Positive attitude toward work and learning

Academic Development:

Counselors work with students to maintain academic progress and seek assistance when needed. The focus is on organization skills, time management, and following through on assignment completion. Counselors present guidance lessons to students explaining GPA, test results, and academic goals. 8th Grade High School Orientation will take place in the spring.

Career Development:

Students have the opportunity to explore career pathways including career interests; identify career choices; academic courses needed for college and career technical schools and learn about the real world of daily, monthly, and yearly expenses.

Personal/Social Development:

In order to support students' personal and social development, BVMS counselors provide the following: classroom guidance curriculum lessons promoting school/personal success; initiate referrals to community agencies for mental health counseling or support groups; and, provide school support through individual or group counseling.

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