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Rene' Canalis


Gary Wood

Counselor - Middle School

The Role of the Professional School Counselor

The Professional School Counselor is a certified educator trained in counseling techniques and strategies designed to meet the academic, personal/social, and career development needs of students.  They support a collaborative learning environment by working with students, parents, teachers, administrators, and community agencies.  Even though it is an exciting time, middle school often comes with a unique set of challenges-from academic to personal and social.  Counselors are prepared to help navigate these challenges, by providing nonjudgmental support and encouragement.


The relationship between a student and his/her counselor is established and maintained due to trust and respect.  In order for meaningful dialogue to occur, confidentiality must be part of the foundation of the counseling relationship.  We stress to our students, "What you say in here, stays in here but there are 3 exceptions to this rule.

Exceptions to Confidentiality

  • Someone is hurting you
  • You want to hurt someone
  • You want to hurt yourself
Contacting the counseling office

The Student Counseling office is open Monday through Friday from 7:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. To schedule an appointment for your child, please email or call the main office at 770-307-2972.

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Digital Learning

While the school is closed, counselors are still available to serve students and the community.  If your student would like to continue career awareness activities, please look for the BRIDGE bill requirements located in their science teacher’s google classroom


Meals for Children from BCSS Nutrition Program: 5-4-20 Food Resources' Updates

Weekdays from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m., Barrow County School System Nutrition Staff will be at Apalachee High School (behind the school by the stadium) and Winder-Barrow High School (front of the school by cafeteria) preparing and distributing Grab-N-Go breakfast and lunch for any child under the age of 18.

We understand that not all families can bring their children to our two high school sites to pick up breakfast/lunch each weekday. We are so thankful that a number of community organizations and individuals have asked if they can help deliver to neighborhoods, apartments and individual families.

We do have limited volunteers so if you have the ability to pick-up at our two schools, please do so. That will enable us to support students with the greatest need.

If you need meals delivered to your child or children (anyone under the age of 18), please complete the form below. You only need to do this ONCE (not every day). For additional food resources, you can visit our website for more information.

Parent Support (Covid-19)

Upcoming Events

May 20

Summer Break!

Start: May 20, 2020 12:00 PM End: Aug 4, 2020 8:00 AM

Multi-Day Event

June 21

- Father's Day -

All Day Event

July 4

- Independence Day -

All Day Event