Home of the Explorers!

(805) 289-1800 | 247 Hill Rd. Ventura 93003 || Office Hours 8:00 - 4:00 M-F (except school holidays)

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Here at Balboa Middle School…

The three full-time School Counselors help develop students’ abilities to find success in the educational and social environment during the middle school years.  Each school counselor is certified with a minimum of a master’s degree and a School Counseling credential, making them uniquely qualified to address academic, college and career, and social and emotional needs.  Counselors provide all students with lessons necessary to build their knowledge, skills, and attitudes to support their academic and life goals..    


Balboa counselors spend most of their time working directly with students individually, in small support groups, and in the classrooms delivering academic, social/emotional, and college and career  lessons.  As school counselors, we find this stage of life exciting and we enjoy the opportunity to help your children map out their future plans for middle school, high school, and life beyond high school graduation.


School-Wide Events  As part of our comprehensive counseling program, counselors coordinate school-wide events such as Career Day and College Week

Family Nights 

Contact Counselors

The Counseling Center (Room 22) is open before school, at break, and at lunch for students to drop in with questions or to report concerns.

The Counseling Team
 Mrs. Veronica Fowler
A – Go
289-1800, ext. 1009
Mrs. Tawnya Ferdolage
Gr – O
289-1800, ext. 1011
Mrs. Gretchen Bradvica 
P – Z
289-1800, ext. 1014



You can call and leave a message for any of the counselors and they will return your call as soon as possible.  If you are calling for something urgent, please contact the front office at 289-1800 and press “0” to speak to someone immediately.  

                                          2018 Counseling Interns

Hi there! My name is Colleen Lurie and I am one of the new school counseling interns at Balboa Middle School, my alma mater!  This May I will be graduating from California Lutheran University with a Masters in Counseling and a Pupil Personnel Services Credential!  I currently am an administrator at ELS Educational Services, a test coordinator at Rio Mesa High School, and a substitute teacher at Oxnard Union High School District.  In my free time, I facilitate Social Emotional & Resiliency workshops for first-generation college students. 

Things I can’t live without: camping, hiking, running, trees, mountains, travelling, humor, friends, family, and my dog-child, Verta.   

   

A BIG welcome to Mr. Licea, one of our school counseling interns this year at Balboa.  Mr. Licea grew up in Oxnard and graduated from Cal Lutheran University with a double major in Spanish and Sociology.  He is currently working on his master's degree in School Counseling and will be at Balboa on Tuesdays and Thursdays during the first semester.  He enjoys traveling and watching sports, and he looks forward to getting to know Balboa students and families during his internship here at Balboa. 


REMIND App for Parents:

Please sign up for important updates from the Balboa Counselors by texting “@balboami” to 81010 and  join our Remind App notification list. 

VUSD’s Comprehensive School Counseling Mission Statement:

Ventura Unified School District’s Comprehensive School Counseling Program will provide all students with equitable opportunities for growth in the Academic, College and Career Readiness, and Social/Emotional domains.  Relevant curriculum and services will encourage the highest level of student achievement.  Through collaboration, leadership, and advocacy, School Counselors will foster student skill development in overcoming adversity, valuing diversity, and using resources to become self-reliant, successful citizens.  

Resources

Emergency Resources
• Helpline of Ventura County: 211
• Interface: Children Family Services: 1-800-339-9597
• (Food, shelter, financial assistance, health, parenting and mental health services)
• Behavioral Health: 1-800-227-2345
• California Youth Crisis Line: 1-800-843-5200
• Coalition to End Family Violence: 656-1111
• Drug Help Line: 1-800-662-HELP
• Child Protective Services (report abuse): 654-3200
• National Runaway Switchboard: 1-800-621-4000
• Poison Control in California: 1-800-876-4766

Community Counseling Resources
• Aurora Vista del Mar Behavioral Heath Care: 1-800-207-9694 or 653-5158
• City Impact: 983-3636
• Interface: Children Family Services: 1-800-339-9597
NAMI: National Alliance on Mental Illness: 641-2426
• Ventura County Behavioral Health: 981-6830

Clothing, Food, Shelter
• American Red Cross: 339-2234
• Catholic Charities: 643-4694
• Food Share – Food Bank: 983-7100
• Interface – Ventura County: 211 or 1-800-339-9597
• Open Hand Food and Clothing Pantry: 658-7223
• Project Understanding: 652-1326
• Ventura Housing Authority: 648-5008

Local Alcohol/Drug Intervention List
• Action: 1-800-367-8336
• Alateen Meetings: 656-7110
• Alanon: 656-7110 www.alanonventura.org/meeting.htm (for those whose lives have been affected by a friend’s or family member’s drinking)
• Parent Project: 983-3636 ext. 103 (parenting strategies, free 10-week classes)

Helpful Links about Underage Drinking: 
• www.straightupvc.org/ – addressing the issues of underage drinking in Ventura County
• www.kidshealth.org/
 www.cdc.gov/alcohol/
• www.thecoolspot.gov/
• www.madd.org/
• www.surgeongeneral.gov/
• www.youthbingedrinking.org/
• www.toosmarttostart.samhsa.gov/ – preventing underage alcohol use. In Spanish and English. Interactive.
• www.faceproject.org – alcohol information for parents