Phone: 815-562-7997    Fax: 815-562-8527

RMS Counseling Department

Rochelle Middle School counselors are dedicated to helping students to be successful in all life areas. Assistance is available to enhance academic performance, study habits, and attendance. The counselors are also available to help students to reduce behavior problems, mediate peer conflicts, and to assist with social / emotional and family concerns. Mrs. Underwood and Mrs. Bruhn will be running weekly social academic instructional groups for selected students. Students can sign up to see their counselor in the main office. Counselors will also see students based on referrals from parents, teachers, and administrators.

Because counseling is based on a trusting relationship between counselor and client, the counselors will keep information shared by students confidential except in certain situations in which there is an ethical and legal responsibility to limit confidentiality. Under the following circumstances school counselors are mandated reporters.

  1. If the child reveals information about hurting themselves or another person.
  2. If the child reveals information about child abuse and / or elder abuse

Please feel free to contact your child's counselor with questions or concerns. If you do not want your child to meet with the school counselor, or to participate in groups, please contact Mrs. Underwood or Mrs. Bruhn at 815-562-7997 to inform them. You can also contact us by email at cunderwood@d231.rochelle.net or mbruhn@d231.rochelle.net

RMS Counselors

Marcy Bruhn MA, LCPC
Joined RMS during the 2005-2006 school year. She is a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor and has over 15 years of experience counseling children and their families. Marcy enjoys spending time with her husband and two children.

Chris Underwood MSEd, LPC

Graduated from Northern Illinois University in 2015 with my Master's in Counseling. My previous background experience includes working as a school counselor in the Amboy School District, a clinical mental health counselor at Rosecrance, and truancy outreach in the Dekalb School District.

RMS Erin's Law

Erin’s Law is named after childhood sexual assault survivor, author, speaker and activist Erin Merryn, who is the founder and President of Erin’s Law, which is registered with the State of Illinois and the IRS as a 501 (c)(4) non-profit social welfare organization.

After Erin introduced the legislation in her home state of Illinois, the bill was named “Erin’s Law” after her by legislators and it has caught on nationwide.
“Erin’s Law” requires that all public schools in each state implement a prevention-oriented child sexual abuse program which teaches:

  1. Students in grades preK – 12th grade, age-appropriate techniques to recognize child sexual abuse and tell a trusted adult
  2. School personnel all about child sexual abuse
  3. Parents & guardians the warning signs of child sexual abuse, plus needed assistance, referral or resource information to support sexually abused children and their families


At Rochelle Middle School, Professional School Counselors facilitate two lessons a year to provide education on personal safety.

RMS OSCAR Student Advisory Team

OSCAR (Our School Cares and Rewards) Student Advisory Team is a group of student leaders who assist with the OSCAR Program at RMS.

This Club meets alternate Mondays during afternoon homeroom.

2017-2018 OSCAR Student Advisory Team Members

6th Grade

Faith Adams
Rachel Cook
Riley Damask
Elise Horner
Stella Tornabene
Addison Stewart
Kennedy Underwood

7th Grade

Brady Adams
Ava Albers
Avery Auld
Lupita Cortes
Storm Devers
Addie Friestad
Anna Harvy
Hayden Inman
Noah Lara
Bella Nauman
Layla Pelan
Kalee Rodriguez
Chloe Treadway

8th Grade

Miguel Cruz
Johnavon Hueramo
Cinthia Pacheco
Sierra Ramos
Olivia Valentine

RMS Parenting Information

The RMS Counseling Department has resources to assist you with the challenges of parenting a middle school child. Please contact us if you would like more information.

How Can Parents Promote Student Success?

Please read this for helpful hints when raising a teenager.

Parents play a key role in ensuring that their child or adolescent achieves school success. When parents, students, and staff work together, the student will obtain their academic goals. Some of the actions that parents can take to promote school success are:

  • Communicate with school staff to be aware of homework assignments
  • Review your child’s homework
  • Encourage child to be friends with positive role models
  • Try to do something enjoyable with your child at least once a week
  • Set clear expectations for students about homework
  • Get acquainted with your child’s teachers
  • Monitor where your child goes/information keeps your child out of trouble
  • Communicate with school staff when there is a concern with the school
  • Attend school functions such as conferences, programs and athletic events
  • Encourage students to participate in school-related and after-school activities
  • Consistently enforce household rules
  • Set aside a time when the whole family reads
  • Encourage students to talk about school, social activities, and their interests
  • Teach standards of right and wrong and demonstrate these standards
  • Provide a quiet place where your child can study
  • Support school discipline policies
  • Talk to your child about tobacco, drugs, alcohol, gangs and violence
  • Monitor your child’s choices of TV, video games, and music

Consequences for Out of Control Teens

  1. Money - Giving money or taking it away is a powerful incentive.
  2. Telephone - Peers are extremely important to teenagers. Therefore, restrictions from talking to friends or the opposite sex can get their attention quickly.
  3. Freedom- A loss of any kind of freedom (grounding, no party, no TV, no internet or video games) can quickly get a teen on the right track if used correctly.
  4. Clothing- Clothing makes a statement and represents identity. To take away certain clothes or make them wear others can be a great motivator.
  5. Cars - The ability to drive is critical to teens. Taking this away can be a powerful consequence.
  6. Loosening - When a parent modifies past rules like extending curfew or Restrictions bedtime, this communicates trust to the teen and that they are getting more mature and being treated like an adult.
  7. Trust- Earning and keeping trust with parents is very important to teens. Finding ways for teens to earn back trust slowly can make a difference.
  8. Appearance- Looking good in front of peers is very important and goes beyond the type of clothes you wear. It becomes a matter of how you talk, who you are with, and looking cool. Sitting next to them in their classes with pink rollers in your hair may get them to do the right thing.
  9. Material- Objects More and more, material things (CD’s, cell phones, iPods,) are becoming important to the teen. Removing them can be a great motivator.
  10. Spending Time- Many teens will not admit this but reconnecting and spending quality time with a parent, mentor, or caregiver is extremely important to them. Most parents miss this one because the teen is too busy trying to act “tough” and that they do not need any soft time with “uncool” parents. Mostof the time this is just a smoke screen.

Is This Battle Worth Fighting?

Look at the questions below and ask yourself, “Is this power struggle worth having?”

  1. Is my child’s health or safety at stake?
  2. Am I fighting for a deeply held value?
  3. Am I worried about others’ opinions?
  4. Is this a body issue? Sleeping? Eating? Dressing?
  5. Is my resistance a knee-jerk reaction?
  6. Do the benefits to my child (a sense of mastery, a new learning experience) outweigh the negatives?
  7. Is my child’s behavior violating an established household rule?
  8. Can I accommodate my child without compromising my own beliefs?

If you answered yes to questions 1,2,6 or 7, it is probably a battle worth fighting.

If you answered yes to questions 3, 4, 5, or 8, let it go. It’s not worth the energy or aggravation.

Builders Club

Builders Club is a student lead community service organization sponsored by the Rochelle Kiwanis Golden K. Members will have the opportunity to complete projects which serve both the school and the community.

Builders Club meetings will be held on alternate Mondays during afternoon Home room.

2017-2018 Builders Club Officers:

Co-President-- Addison Stewart
Co-President -- Sierra Ramos
Secretary -- Olivia Valentine
Treasurer-- Bella Nauman

Student Representatives-- Owen Haas

RMS Social Emotional Learning Standards

Develop self-awareness and self-management skills to achieve school and life success.

  • Analyze factors that create stress or motivate successful performance.
  • Apply strategies to manage stress and to motivate successful performance.
  • Analyze how personal qualities influence choices and successes.
  • Analyze how making use of school and community supports and opportunities can contribute to school and life success.
  • Set a short-term goal and make a plan for achieving it.
  • Analyze why one achieved or did not achieve a goal.

Use social-awareness and interpersonal skills to establish and maintain positive relationships.

  • Predict others’ feelings and perspectives in a variety of situations.
  • Analyze how one’s behavior may affect others.
  • Explain how individual, social, and cultural differences may increase vulnerability to bullying and identify ways to address it.
  • Analyze the effects of taking action to oppose bullying based on individual and group differences.
  • Analyze ways to establish positive relationships with others.
  • Demonstrate cooperation and teamwork to promote group effectiveness.
  • Evaluate strategies for preventing and resolving interpersonal problems.
  • Define unhealthy peer pressure and evaluate strategies for resisting it.

Demonstrate decision-making skills and responsible behaviors in personal, school, and community contexts.

  • Evaluate how honesty, respect, fairness, and compassion enable one to take the needs of others into account when making decisions.
  • Analyze the reasons for school and societal rules.
  • Analyze how decision-making skills improve study habits and academic performance.
  • Evaluate strategies for resisting pressures to engage in unsafe or unethical activities.
  • Evaluate one’s participation in efforts to address an identified school need.
  • Evaluate one’s participation in efforts to address an identified need in one’s local community.

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