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Counseling Services

Counseling Services


When you need to talk to someone, your school counselor is a great place to start! 

Your NWMS Counselors are here to help you with academic achievement, personal/social development, and career exploration. School counselors work with teachers, principals, and other school staff to help you become successful, responsible students. Counselors also partner with parents and the community to help meet student needs. 

Counselors are available to listen and help problem-solve, as well as to provide encouragement and support.

Counselors can also meet with students for longer meetings if they need support or want to talk. To schedule an appointment, you can email, visit during lunch, or ask your teacher if you may see your counselor during class with a pass. Meeting request slips are located by the counselor’s door.

How can your school counselor help you? 

  • academic support and scheduling
  • organizational, study, and test-taking skills
  • understanding yourself and others
  • regulating emotions
  • building coping strategies 
  • friendships, relationships, and social skills
  • communication, problem-solving, decision-making, and conflict resolution
  • career awareness, exploration, and planning
  • substance abuse education
  • multicultural and diversity awareness
  • deployment and military family support
  • grief and loss
  • anxiety, stress, anger, depression 
  • referrals to other services

Career & College Resources

Xello  All NWMS and OHHS students have access to Xello, an interactive dashboard on which they can explore interests, check out colleges and careers, and learn about their own learning styles and possible paths. Students will use Xello throughout middle and high school in advisory lessons to complete their high school and beyond plans. Students can log into Xello at any time through the Clever Portal. 

O*Net Online An occupational information database where you can find information about almost any job under the sun

My Next Move Find more information about a career you're interested in, search for careers within certain industries, and take an interests quiz to find out what careers fit with your interests and strengths. 

Students have the same school counselor for both years they are at NWMS. For quick questions, the fastest way to get help is to email or call.

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Jenny Butler

Jenny Butler
School Counselor
7th Grade (Class of 2029)

Jennifer DePrey

Jennifer DePrey
School Counselor
8th Grade (Class of 2028)

About Jenny Butler
Ms. Butler graduated from the University of Nebraska with a degree in international relations. She taught conversational English in Japan for two years and toured Asia.  After working for several businesses, Ms. Butler decided to make a career change. She earned a master's in school counseling from Seattle Pacific University. Ms. Butler enjoys working with middle school students and says they have an energy and perspective on life that is refreshing. In her free time, she enjoys mountain biking, hiking, backpacking, fishing, and swimming.   

About Jennifer DePrey
Ms. DePrey has a Master's degree in counseling from Seattle University and a bachelor's degree in Human Services from Western Washington University. She loves working with middle school students, to help them find their passions, learn about themselves and the world around them, build good academic habits, and grow into lifelong learners. Outside of school, Ms. DePrey loves to read, listen to and make music, travel, and spend time with her friends, family, and her dog.  

Mental Health Counseling