Topic outline

  • General

    guidance kids

    The Middle School Counseling Department
    Providing Support to Students and Families
    Contact Information

     Grade 6 Christine Mejia

    793-6130 x4472
    Grade 7 Danielle Fiore

    793-6130 x4268
    Grade 8 Pam Magelowitz

    793-6130 x4269
    Building wide Counselor Kristin Spillane

    793-6130 x4427
  • Getting Ready for High School


    Your 8th Grade Counselor

    Throughout the 8th grade year, the counselor assigned to the 8th grade class will be working with students individually, in small groups and through classrooms lessons - helping to prepare students for the transition to high school. The counselor will be addressing topics such as study skills, career and college awareness, citizenship and school involvement and scheduling for 9th grade.

    Your 8th Grade Year is Important

    Your progress in 8th grade largely determines the courses you will be able to take in 9th grade. In fact, the grades you receive in some classes offered in 8th grade become part of your high school transcript. For students taking the following classes, the final grade will become part of the permanent high school transcript and will be computed into the high school GPA.

    Please speak with your teachers or your guidance counselor if you are concerned about your progress or grades in any of your classes.

    Spanish I - Italian I - French I - Algebra I - Earth Science Regents

    9th Grade Course Selection

    The 8th grade counselor, high school counselor and high school department chairpersons will be distributing information to students and parents throughout the year regarding the transition process. It is very important that students and parents undertsand the scheduling and placement process for 9th grade courses. Please carefully review the link below which outlines the timeline and criteria for every course available in 9th grade.

  • Thinking About College and Careers



    Thinking about careers in middle school is really about exploring interests and options. Students are encouraged to try various clubs and activities and get involved in their community. Understanding how school skills become successful work skills is a key component of career education. Throughout middle school students explore the following themes:

    • Successfully living and working in a culturally diverse world.
    • Recognizing their interests, aptitudes and abilities.
    • Understanding the broad scope of work and career possibilities available currently and in the future.
    • Developing of social skills, personal values, and self-esteem.

    8th grade students study an in-depth career unit in their health classes which culminates in a special Career Day program. Each year, members of the community from various professions present on the exciting options available in fields such as healthcare, law, finance, advertising, broadcasting, law enforcement, governement and many more.


    College and post high school options may seem far off in the future, but it will be here before you know it. The more informed you are about your options, the easier the decision making process will be when it comes time to decide what you will do after high shool graduation. Consider the following checklist for middle school students:

    • Think about college as an important part of your future.
    • Discuss your thoughts and ideas with your family and with people at school.
    • Start saving for college if you haven’t already.
    • Take challenging and interesting classes to prepare for high school.
    • Ask your parent or guardian to help you research which high schools or special programs will most benefit your interests.
    • Develop strong study habits.
    • If you are having difficulty, don’t give up—get help from a teacher, tutor, or mentor.
    • Become involved in school or community-based activities that let you explore your interests and learn new things.
    • Speak with adults, such as your teacher, school counselor or librarian, relatives, or family friends, who you think have interesting jobs. Ask them, “What do you like about your job?“ and “What education did you need for your job?“
    • Do your best in school and on standardized tests.

    Parents, be sure to check out the following websites which outline the college academic and financial planning process:

  • Internet Safety

    Internet Safety

    say no to cyberbullyingChildren growing up today have been using the computer practically their entire lives. As parents, it is important to know how to keep your children safe from internet predators while they enjoy the many benefits that using a computer provide. It is also important that your children do not participate nor do they become victims of cyberbullying. Please see the resources provided below to find out how to keep your children safe while they learn and enhance their knowledge using the computer and internet.

  • Bullying

    Say No To Bullying

    say no to bullying

    What should a student do if they are getting bullied or see someone else being bullied?

    • Tell an adult (guidance counselor, teacher, principal, assistant principal or your parent).
    • Do not ignore the problem hoping it will disappear. Discuss what is happening so that you can come up with a game plan to put a stop to it.
    • If you see someone else being bullied, get a few friends and stand up for the victim. You will feel good that you helped someone else and the person being victimized will feel better knowing that people care and are willing to do something about it.
  • Making Healthy Choices