Guidance

Welcome to the

Holdrum Guidance Department!

Grade 6 Guidance:

Mrs. Debbie Chinnici
201.358.4016 ext. 1120

dchinnici@rivervaleschools.com

Grades 7-8 Guidance

Mrs. Maureen Monaghan
201.358.4016 ext. 1121

mmonaghan@rivervaleschools.com

As school counselors we:

  • Talk to students on an individual basis, in groups, or in classes
  • Help identify students with special needs
  • Work with potential crisis situations
  • Assist students, teachers, and parents
  • Help promote a positive school climate
  • Assist in academic and social growth
  • Act as an advocate for students

When do I talk to a school counselor?

If you...

  • Feel confused, sad, or lonely
  • Have a problem with a friend, teacher, or family member
  • Need help making a decision
  • Just need someone to talk to

Confidentiality

When you talk to a school counselor, the discussion is confidential. The only time a school counselor will disclose confidential information is if you indicate that you are planning to harm yourself or someone else.

 

Middle School Students’ Developmental Needs

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.

Meeting the Challenge

Middle school counselors are professional educators with a mental health perspective who understand and respond to the challenges presented by today’s perse student population. Middle school counselors do not work in isolation; rather they are integral to the total educational program. They provide proactive leadership that engages all stakeholders in the delivery of programs and services to help students achieve success in school. Professional school counselors align with the school’s mission to support the academic achievement of all students as they prepare for the ever-changing world of the 21st century. This mission is accomplished through the design, development, implementation and evaluation of a comprehensive, developmental and systematic school counseling program.

(ACSA, 2003)

 

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