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Want to be a Peer Tutor during lunch or Wednesdays after school?

Come see Ms. Patty in Student Services or send an email

Are you using your planner?

  • Write down your daily/weekly assignments so you know what you have to do.

  • Use it as a tool, open the planner when you sit down and get ready to do your homework.  Look at it to see what you need to do for that day.

  • Check off your assignments as you complete them.

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The Martinez Junior High Counseling Program is privileged to have two counselors and one counseling intern on site to support students in achieving success in all aspects of their lives.  


Program services include individual and group counseling for academic and behavioral issues, crisis counseling, parent consultation, collaborative teacher/parent/counselor meetings, assistance with grade-level transitions from elementary to middle school and middle to high school, introduction to college and career pathways, and elective planning for future years.


The Counseling Office is located in Students Services, just to the left as you enter the main door.  


Referrals to counseling are typically made by teachers, parents/guardians, or administrators when a student presents with issues that may be impacting their ability to be academically successful.  When a referral is received, a counselor will meet with the student to assess the situation and determine a best course of action. This may involve additional individual sessions, group counseling, a parent/student meeting, a referral to an outside support service, or a CARE meeting where the parents, counselor, and teachers collaborate on support strategies. 


Students sometimes self-refer when they need to talk about academic concerns, peer issues, or emotional struggles.  Students can initially be seen without parental consent, but if ongoing counseling is recommended then parents/guardians will be contacted and a consent form will be sent home.


Parents/guardians may make an appointment with a counselor when they have concerns about their child's academic, behavioral, or emotional well-being. This provides an opportunity for counselors and parents/guardians to share information and collaborate on support strategies.


To access your counselor:

-Let our Registrar, Sarah Clugston, know that you'd like to see a counselor

-Email or call one of our counselors for an appointment

-Email for answers to quick questions


Sarah Clugston - Registrar in Student Services    Ext. 2050

Patricia Acosta - Academic Counselor                   Ext. 2052 

Catherine Pfister - Behavior Counselor                 Ext. 2051

Shannon Gravier - SPED Counselor                       Ext. 2197 


FAX - 925-335-5829




What is Academic Success?

It's an academic program that is available for your student to get additional support with their assignments.  Students will receive help staying on track, being organized, following through with completing their assignments and getting extra help from our Academic School Counselor, Ms. Patty and their peers. 

Open Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays during lunch AND Wednesdays after school until 3:15 pm, in the computer lab.


TUPE - Tobacco Use Prevention Education Program

We have 12 Peer Educators that are spreading the awareness of Breaking the Cycle regarding vaping and tobacco use.  School-wide activities and classroom presentations/lessons are done throughout the school year.

Vaping: What's a parent to do? 

FDA takes new steps to address epidemic youth e-cigarette use

Facts of e-cigarettes video: