Announcement to our families

Mercer County Parents/Guardians and Students, 


It is with deep regret that we inform you about a recent loss to our school community. On July 3, 2020, we were notified of Paula Montgomery's death.  Mrs. Montgomery was an 8th grade Language Arts Teacher at King Middle School.  This loss is sure to raise many emotions, concerns, and questions for our entire school, especially our students.


Normally, we would gather together to share this news with our students but because of COVID-19 safety concerns, we are unable to do that.  Below is a list of resources that you may find helpful in addition to some guidance provided by our crisis team.  If you or your child need or want additional help surrounding this loss, please contact Hillary Cheek, KMS school guidance counselor, or Katie Gilley, KMS school psychologist by email or by phone.   


If your child would like to write a note or card for Mrs. Montgomery’s family, please email them to Mrs. Cheek or Mrs. Gilley or drop them off at the King Middle School office this week.  We will make sure her family gets them.  We know Mrs. Montgomery loved her students and they loved her.  


Hillary Cheek                                                             Katie Gilley 

King Middle School                                                   King Middle School

Guidance Counselor                                                 School Psychologist 

[email protected]                              [email protected]                                   

Organizations and resources that can provide useful materials and referral information are listed below:  

  • American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry. (800) 333-7636 --- professional membership organization of psychiatrists provides resources for parents and teens.
  • Center for Mental Health Services. (800) 789-2647 --- a Federal Government clearinghouse offering mental health English and Spanish language publications for families, children, and adolescents.
  • Dougy Center, The National Center for Grieving Children and Families. (503) 775-5683 --- a national support center for grieving children, teens, and families.
  • GriefNet. ---an Internet community of more than 30 Email support groups and two web sites, offering a moderated chat room for children who are in grief and their parents, lists of books and other library information, memorials, newsletters, a directory of suicide prevention and survivors' information, and more. 
  • National Institute of Mental Health. (301) 443-4513 ---the mental health research component of the National Institutes of Health, which provides printed and online materials.
  • UCLA School Mental Health Project. (310) 825-3634 --- a resource center that provides schools and teachers with resources for helping children.



Dennis Davis, Superintendent 

Mercer County Schools



Helping Children Cope with Loss"© Copyright Mental Health America" September 24, 2018

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