Guidance

Middle school is an exciting, yet challenging time for students, their parents and teachers. During this passage from childhood to adolescence, middle school students are characterized by a need to explore a variety of interests, connecting their learning in the classroom to its practical application in life and work; high levels of activity coupled with frequent fatigue due to rapid growth; a search for their own unique identity as they begin turning more frequently to peers rather than parents for ideas and affirmation; extreme sensitivity to the comments from others; and heavy reliance on friends to provide comfort, understanding and approval.

Middle school counselors/ psychologists are professional educators with a mental health perspective who understand and respond to the challenges presented by a variety of students. Middle school counselors/ psychologists do not work in isolation; rather they work collaboratively with students, teachers and parents.

The Guidance Department includes:

Samantha Bennett : Special Education Coordinator & School Psychologist

Melissa DiFilippo : 504 Coordinator & School Guidance Counselor

Erica Evans : School Psychologist & School Adjustment Counselor

 

Together we work with students on the following supports:
Organizational, study and test-taking skills
Education in understanding self and others
Coping strategies for anxiety, stress and peer relations
Peer relationships and effective social skills
Communication, problem-solving, decision-making and conflict resolution
Career awareness, exploration and planning
Individual and small group counseling
Individual/family/school crisis intervention
Consultation/collaboration
Referrals

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