Guidance

Welcome to the

Holdrum Guidance Department!

Grades 6-7
Ms. Erin Rudolph
201.358.4016 ext. 1121
erudolph@rivervaleschools.com

Grades 7-8 
Mrs. Debbie Chinnici
201.358.4016 ext. 1120
dchinnici@rivervaleschools.com

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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

How can I talk to my school counselor?

  • I tell my teacher I need to see the school counselor.
  • My parents/guardians request for me to see my school counselor. 
  • My teacher or principal recommends me to see my school counselor
  • My counselor invites me to join them.

Overall, the school counselor serves as an advocate, consultant, facilitator, team-member, and supporter. 

When is the best time to meet with my school counselor?

  • Advisory
  • Lunch
  • By appointment 

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.

How can the school counselor help parents?

We are available to assist and provide you with the following:

  • Improving parent-child communication
  • Exploring ways to help your child succeed in school
  • Recommending referral sources
  • Understanding the developmental changes of adolescence 

Parents and guardians are welcome to meet with counselors and are asked to make appointments in advance, to ensure that the counselor will be available.  You may call or email a counselor to set-up a meeting.


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