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Stand Together Against Bullying and Harassment

Calavera Hills Middle School is committed to a safe, comfortable learning environment for all students. Bullying and harassment incidents can be reported to a trusted staff member at CHMS or you may use the online form linked above.

Please be mindful of your use of the following terms as you consider reporting an incident.  

  • Rude- Inadvertently saying or doing something that hurts someone else.

  • Mean- Purposefully saying or doing something to hurt someone once (or maybe twice).

  • Bullying- Intentionally aggressive behavior, repeated over time, that involves an imbalance of power. This can include verbal, physical or written electronic communication against another.

  • Cyberbullying- The use of electronic communication to harm or harass others in a deliberate, repeated, and hostile manner.

  • Harassment: includes actual or perceived negative actions that often, ridicule, or demean another individual with regard to race, sex, sexual orientation, religion.

  • Intimidation.   Subjecting an individual to intentional action that seriously threatens and induces a sense of fear and/or inferiority.  

After reading the above definitions, if you suspect that bullying has occurred, report it.  Click the link above to report bullying and/or harassment.

  1. Students are strongly encouraged to make an oral or written report to a teacher, staff member, or administrator whenever they feel that they or another student has been bullied.

  2. All bullying complaints will be investigated and resolved by the Principal or designee.

  3. State law and District regulations protect anyone who reports bullying or who participates in a bullying investigation from retaliation.

  4. Anyone who is reporting a cyberbullying complaint should save and print any electronic or digital messages sent to them. These messages should be provided to the Principal or designee investigating the complaint.

Additional information on Bullying and Intimidation may be found in the Carlsbad Unified School District K-12 Student Handbook.

Counseling Information

Meet the Counseling Staff

Calavera Hills Middle School has one counselor, Corey Espeleta, and one part-time Counseling Technician (Registrar), Holly Grupe.  Corey Espeleta is in Monday-Friday from 7:45 a.m.-3:15 p.m. while Holly Grupe works 7:30 a.m. -12:30 p.m.

Counselor: Corey Espeleta
(760) 331-6409     

 Corey EspeletaHi. I've been a teacher and counselor in the Carlsbad Unified School District for over 25 years, all of which has been in middle school :). This is my 5th year as a counselor at CHMS and I am so happy to be part of the Calavera family for the second time in my career. I worked as a Math, Broadcasting, and Yearbook teacher at CHMS from 2004-2011 before leaving to pursue my passion for counseling. Because I missed Calavera so much, I jumped at the chance to come home. My passion has always been to support and uplift others and I feel so fortunate to be able to do this with students every day. The saying, "if you do what you love, you'll never work a day in your life" could not be more true. I have my Master's Degree in School Counseling, Pupil Personnel Services Credential, and Administrative Credential from National University. I earned a Single Subject Mathematics Credential from Point Loma Nazarene University and my Bachelor's Degree in Psychology at UC San Diego. I am married and have two grown children. My hobbies include beach volleyball, running, paddle boarding, kayaking, and pretty much anything outdoors. I look forward to working with you this year!


Counseling Technician (Registrar): Holly Grupe
(760) 331-6462

Holly GrupeI was thrilled when I received the opportunity to work here at Calavera Hills!  I enjoy coming to work every morning!  My journey here started in the Lake Elsinore School District where I was a Special Education Paraeducator II for three years.  Missing the coastal life, my family moved to Carlsbad in 2013 where I began working as a campus monitor at Hope Elementary.  With loving support from so many at Hope, I began subbing throughout CUSD as a Health Tech, Library Media Tech, and Office Assistant.  Being hired as the Guidance Tech was a very welcoming transition.  Being a mom here for three years as well as being on the PTSA Board allowed me to begin my new position with many familiar faces.  I love being with all these amazing students every day, but when I go home, my day truly begins. My husband and three kids are the biggest part of my heart. We enjoy summer excursions, cooking large family meals, and all things laughter.  I am so happy to be a part of the Coyote Community and am looking forward to a great school year!

The Role of the School Counselor

We help students with:

  • personal issues
  • friends and peers
  • grades, classes
  • planning for the future

How does the counseling office help?

  • We will listen to you
  • We can help you problem solve
  • We will clarify and explain things
  • We can mediate in case of a conflict
  • We can refer you to a person or place for additional help

When to ask to see your counselor:

  • When you need academic or organizational guidance
  • When you need help with friends or peers
  • When you feel really sad, worried, or angry
  • When you need help with how to handle a situation

Counseling Department Goals

* Support the CHMS mission

* Ensure equity and access for every student

* Provide academic, personal, social, emotional support for students, families and staff

* Teach students the skills they need to remove barriers to success