Sandburg Middle School
Gumbach, Christy
7th Grade Counselor, 6th grade guidance teacher, Spartan TV sponsor, Peer Medi
Kerins, K Lisa
6th Grade Counselor
Lambert-Haak, Kim
7th Grade Guidance teacher, 6th Grade Counselor, 6th Grade choir director

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What is 'Normal'?

Many parents worry that their middle school student is facing challenges outside the norm.  This article on developmental milestones provides information regarding what you may expect at this stage in your student's life. If you have any questions regarding your student's progress, please feel free to contact the school counselor.



August Counselors Corner

Welcome to all returning Spartans and all those who are new to Sandburg Middle School!! The counseling department is excited about the start of another school year. Counseling at Sandburg is arranged by grade levels. The sixth grade counselor is Ms. Kerins and located in room 116. The seventh grade counselor is Mrs. Gumbach and she is located in the main office.  The eighth grade counselor is Mrs. Lambert-Haak and she is located in room 117.  Please don't hesitate to contact your grade level counselor with questions or concerns. 



January Counselor Corner

Counselor Corner-It’s a new year, does your child need new school supplies?!  In an effort to keep students organized, it is important that they are equipped with the supplies to help that happen.  Folders can get very torn and worn with the everyday back and forth, pens and pencils magically disappear, and lined paper seems to run out by this time of the year!  Please check with your child to see what they might need replaced in an effort to start quarter 3 and the new year off right! 

December Counselor Corner

Counselor Corner-As the second quarter comes to a close at the end of this week, have your child take some time to clean out folders for each class.  If work is current or if he/she is unsure if it's needed, keep it in the folder.  If it is older work that does not need to be at school, but maybe should be saved for a reference, keep that work in a folder at home.  We look forward to cleaned out folders upon our return in January! 

Middle School Counseling

The counseling program at Sandburg Middle School enables students, parents, and teachers to experience a positive social, emotional, and academic learning environment. The program is based on the American School Counseling Association Comprehensive Developmental model and consists of a myriad of supportive services: individual and group counseling, parent and teacher consultations, group guidance, referral assistance programs and services in the community, and student testing.


Classroom Guidance sessions are taught as part of the Unified Arts rotation at the 6th and 7th grade level. At the 6th grade level, students learn how to set goals, resolve conflicts, be responsible, persevere, and identify bullying.  During 7th grade guidance, students explore the career selection process, manage emotions, embrace diversity, and make healthy choices.

Small Counseling Groups will start the end of September. Groups will be offered on a variety of topics including social skills, friendship, academic readiness and anxiety. All groups are formed on the needs of the students. Any staff or parent can refer a student they feel could benefit from small group counseling.

Individual Counseling in the middle school is short-term in nature, depending on the need and circumstances. If the student is in need of additional mental health services, referrals can be made. Individual counseling can begin at anytime during the year.

Teacher Consultation and collaboration is available every day.

Parent Consultation is also available. Please feel free to call, e-mail, or schedule an appointment:

7th Grade: Mrs. Lambert-Haak  630.617.8201 or

8th Grade: Ms. Kerins  630.993.8878  or

6th Grade: Mrs. Gumbach 630.993.8877 or


We look forward to working together this year!


Sandburg Counseling Mission Statement

The mission of Sandburg Middle School is to encourage students to become confident, independent, responsible and respectful learners by reinforcing and supporting their academic and co-curricular growth in conjunction with parents and the community.

To support this mission, the Sandburg School Counselors are dedicated to providing a comprehensive counseling program supporting the academic, career, and social-emotional needs of all students through a variety of delivery services. The Sandburg School Counselors provide school-wide initiatives, whole class instruction, small group interventions, individualized crisis intervention and support, consultation with staff and parents, as well as collaboration with outside agencies. Our goal is to promote a commitment to life-long learning, build a school culture and climate that fosters respectful inclusion of all members of our community, and to aid students in becoming responsible, culturally aware, productive members of society.