Cherryland Middle School 707 E. Third Street Elk Rapids, MI 49629 P: 231-264-8991 F: 231-264-9370

Principal: Josh Haggerty
Secretaries: Cheryll Wynkoop, Renee Bradberry

Cherryland MS Counseling

My name is Samantha Bissell and I’m happy to introduce myself as the counselor at Cherryland Middle School!  My goal is to provide a comprehensive developmental program that meets the needs of ALL students. I am able to assist in individual counseling, small group counseling, and classroom guidance while consulting with teachers, administrators, and parents. School counselors offer assistance in academic, personal, social, and career areas of the school environment.

Student Request to see Counselor:

Students may contact Ms. Bissell by filling out this form.

Parents are always welcome to email me at [email protected] or call 231-264-8991. 

Individual Counseling: 

I will be available to meet with students on an individual basis as needed throughout the school year.

Classroom Guidance: 

I will meet with students through large group discussions that focus on issues concerning career, academics, or personal/social issues.

Small Groups:

 I will facilitate small groups with students who share the same concerns. These groups include, but are not limited to, study skills, social skills, students dealing with the effects of divorce, effective ways of managing emotions, grief and loss, etc. These groups are formed on an as-needed basis.


Backpack Club:

Food 4 Kids by the Manna Food Project is partnered with Elk Rapids Schools to assist hungry children. A bag of food will be placed in students' lockers on Fridays to have over the weekend when school is not in session. The enrollment of this program will be confidential.  If this could help your child please fill out the form from the link below. 

Backpack Club Sign up


Link to Xello

Link to Mental Health Resources

             Signs of Suicide Parent Portal

             Local Resources

If you are suicidal or in immediate crisis, please call one of the following crisis hotlines or 911:

National Suicide Prevention Hotlines 1-800-SUICIDE,  1-800-273-TALK National Youth Crisis Hotline 1-800-442-HOPE


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