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A Note to Students, Parents and Families....

We are currently experiencing uncertain times as a school that has comes with many challenges and emotions. Some may feel anxious, nervous, excited or relieved about their new environmental changes. Physically we may be more restless, less active, or more rested than ever! Whatever it is YOU and YOUR family is experiencing is 100% valid and unique to your given situation. As counselors, our mission and values at Arroyo Vista remain the same; all students have the ability to succeed academically and thrive socially-emotionally when they feel supported. We continue to be here so students can learn to overcome challenges in order to be successful in this new virtual environment. 

Please complete the distance learning needs assessment so we can better support you and your family:

Ways to connect

Your school counselor is here to connect with you virtually! 

Please use the following links to connect our counselor and/or make referrals. We will continue virtual counseling through google hangout/meets, conduct lessons in google classroom and can be reached through email and phone. 

Mrs Moorer; Call 949-423-3581


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Mrs. Moorer is new to  Arroyo Vista this year. She will cover both the middle school and elementary school for social-emotional and academic counseling and support. We are a resource for all students, parents, and staff members. 

The Capistrano Unified School District counseling program's goal is to ensure that all students develop the knowledge, attitudes, and skills that will lead to behaviors that support academic achievement and social-emotional well-being. This is achieved through the counseling program's services such as:

  • Classroom guidance presentations including the Second Step social-emotional learning curriculum
  • Small group counseling  
  • Individual counseling

AV School Counseling Program Vision Statement

The vision of the Arroyo Vista School Counseling Program is that all students become confident learners and respectful citizens. Our students possess the social-emotional, academic, and career skills necessary to reach their fullest academic potential and lead successful lives as empathetic, compassionate, responsible and productive members of society.   

AV School Counseling Program Mission Statement

The mission of the Arroyo Vista School Counseling Program is to provide equal access for all students to a data-driven comprehensive school counseling program by a certificated professional school counselor. The school counseling program collaborates with stakeholders to address students' social-emotional, academic, and college/career development through needs assessments that drive evidence-based interventions and data analysis of outcomes. The school counselor will facilitate actions for a positive school environment where all students can learn to overcome challenges in order to be successful. The school counselor will advocate for all students as they strive to achieve their personal and academic goals.

AV School Counseling Program Beliefs

All students have value and worth.

All students have the ability to succeed academically and thrive social-emotionally when they feel supported at school.

All students can learn to overcome challenges in order to be successful in a positive, nurturing school environment.

All students will have equal access to a school counselor who advocates for their academic, social-emotional, and college/career development through a comprehensive school counseling program.

School counselors will support all students by meeting data-driven needs through evidence-based practices.

School counselors identify barriers to success and collaborate with stakeholders to implement interventions that support student achievement.

School counselors provide a comprehensive school counseling program that follows the ASCA National Model and ethical guidelines.

School counselors help students to become self-advocates in their academic, social-emotional, and career development.

The school counseling program collaborates with educational stakeholders to increase equity and access to opportunity.

The school counseling program will include purposeful and meaningful interventions that work to minimize the achievement gap.

The comprehensive school counseling program meets students’ developmental needs  as identified through needs assessments, implements evidence-based programs, and uses data to analyze outcomes.



Discussions with a counselor and student are confidential. The three exceptions to this are: if a student tells the counselor someone is harming them, or they are harming themselves, or they want to harm someone else. 

Please feel free to contact us if you think your son/daughter may benefit from counseling. Students may also request to be seen on their own by filling out a Counselor Request form located in the main office or by stopping by our room, 503. Stop by and say hi any time!

2018-2019 School Counseling Year End Summary Report
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Elementary School counseling Report

Second Step Social-Emotional Learning Curriculum

The Second Step program is a social-emotional learning curriculum delivered via classroom guidance lessons by the counselor to all students. Second Step is designed to promote skills and attitudes that increase students' success in school, help them get along with others, and create a positive school climate in order to prevent school violence and bullying.

What is social-emotional learning?

  • Recognizing emotions in oneself and others 
  • Managing strong emotions
  • Having empathy for others
  • Controlling impulses
  • Communicating clearly and assertively 
  • Maintaining cooperative relationships
  • Making responsible decisions 
  • Solving problems effectively

Second Step lessons for elementary grades include:

  • Listening & Focusing Attention
  • Respect, Empathy, & Compassion
  • Identifying Feelings 
  • Emotion Management & Calming Down
  • Problem Solving 
  • Bullying Prevention

Second Step lessons for 6th-8th grade include:

  • Emotion Management: Emotions, Brain, and Body
  • Calming Down Strategies
  • Coping with Stress

Additional classroom guidance lessons for middle school include the Signs of Suicide (SOS), Study Skills, College and Career Exploration, and Substance Abuse Prevention/Making Healthy Choices Online


Parents and guardians can access more information through entering this activation code on

  • Kindergarten: SSPK FAMI LY70
  • Grade 1: SSP1 FAMI LY71
  • Grade 2: SSP2 FAMI LY72
  • Grade 3: SSP3 FAMI LY73
  • Grade 4: SSP4 FAMI LY74
  • Grade 5: SSP5 FAMI LY75
  • Grade 6: SSP6 FAMI LY12
  • Grade 7: SSP7 FAMI LY23
  • Grade 8: SSP8 FAMI LY34


Signs of Suicide & Depression curriculum 

As part of the district-wide counseling program, all 7th graders in the district receive education and awareness on the signs of suicide and depression. Students are taught to ACT - Acknowledge, Care, and Tell, if they have a friend that needs help talking to a trusted adult, or if they themselves, need to talk to an adult to seek help and resources. Below is a handout that all 7th graders at Arroyo Vista received following the Signs of Suicide lesson. 

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Community Mental Health Resource Guide

Please see the attached comprehensive list of community resources covering many areas of need including, but not limited to; CUSD resources, hotlines, shelters, counseling centers, basic needs, and substance abuse assistance.

Click here for resources

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national suicide hotline

Having a Problem with another Student?


A conflict mediation is a chance to sit down with another student that you are having an issue with and talk about the problem. Mediations are completely confidential and supervised by the Counselor as a mediator. There are a few rules to agree to before a mediation can take place:

1.both students need to be willing to participate name-calling or put-downs

3. each student is allowed to speak with no interruptions

4. everything discussed in mediation stays completely confidential

Here is a copy of the Conflict Mediation Form so you can have an idea of how the process goes.

Solving problems appropriately is a skill that will definitely help you succeed in the future!

Melissa Moorer

Mrs. Melissa Moorer

Office location: Room 503

Google Phone: 949-423-3581

Office Phone: 949-234-5951


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