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    WMS Counseling

    Washington Middle School’s Counseling Department is part of the school’s Support Team, which also includes the Administration Team, Nurse and Wellness Center, and Security. Our department has 6 counselors working to support students. Two of us are grade level counselors and work with about 375 students each. We “loop” with our students, meaning that we stay with them all three years they are at WMS. Rob Bright (Head Counselor) works with all 6th graders and 7th graders with the last names A-L. Michael Matsumoto works with all 8th graders and 7th graders with the last names M-Z. Julie Seltzer and another counselor (TBD) work for the Group Health Wellness Center at WMS, and together see approximately 40 students. To contact Ms. Seltzer, please call the Wellness Center at 206-568-3327.

    Our services vary depending on our role. The 2 grade-level counselors handle almost any school-related issue you could think of, including academics, lost locker combinations, peer social issues and mediation, teacher and parent problems, scheduling and grade questions, parent and teacher consults, crisis management, grief and loss, family issues, etc. We also work with groups of students and do in-class education. Our work can be short-term (one visit) or last 3 years. The nature of our job, however, does not allow for regularly scheduled, long meetings with students. For students who could benefit from such meetings we turn to our Wellness Center, mental health counselors, or to outside resources.

    Contact Us

    Robert Bright
    Head Counselor
    6th Grade Counselor
    7th Grade Counselor - last names A-L
    206-252-2646
    rabright@seattleschools.org

    Michael Matsumoto
    8th Grade Counselor
    7th Grade Counselor - last names M-Z
    206-252-2645
    mamatsumoto@seattleschools.org

    Health Wellness Center

    206-568-3327