Mission and Goals

Our goal is to enable academic, social, physical, and emotional success by stressing promotion of mental health and safety through individual counseling, education, and service.

Our mission is integrated within the IB mission of developing caring young people who help create a peaceful world based in respect for themselves and others. In coordination with teachers, parents and the greater community, we will provide a comprehensive program addressing the academic and personal/social development of all MCDS community members.

What We Do for the MCDS Community

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We identify health and safety concerns in the school community and promote a safe and nurturing school environment.

Counseling / Mental Health

We provide health counseling, assess mental health needs, provide interventions, refer students to appropriate school staff or community agencies, and provide follow-up once treatment is prescribed.

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Parent / Community

We promote community participation in assuring a healthy school and serve as a liaison to the Parent Guild in helping to provide socio-emotional learning (SEL) experiences to the parent and greater MCDS community.


Staff Wellness

We provide health education and counseling, and we promote healthy activities and environment for school staff.

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Health Services

We provide health screening, education, and support.

Mental Health Plan

We provide mental health services for students, faculty, and staff.

Monthly Newsletter

Our monthly Student Services newsletter provides helpful resources and wellness tips to the MCDS community. 

Student Services Team

Megan Thornburgh

Megan Thornburgh

Student Services Coordinator & Assistant Head of Lower & Middle School

BA, University of Wisconsin-Madison
MA, Edgewood College

Julia Larson

Julia Larson

School Counselor

MS, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee

You can't go back and change the beginning, but you can start where you are and change the ending.

Tiffany Hanna

Tiffany Hanna

School Nurse

BS, University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh

People grow through experience if they meet life honestly and courageously. This is how character is built.

Eleanor Roosevelt