Mrs. Carroll, Grades 6 (A-L) & Grade 8 (ALL) firstname.lastname@example.org
Mr. McAllister, Grade 6 (M-Z) & Grade 7 (ALL) email@example.com
(518) 370-1243, choice #2
Kevin McFerran, Grades 6 (M-Z) & Grade 7 (ALL)
Meghan McCarthy, Grades 6 (A-L) & Grade 8 (ALL)
Liz Kramer, Secretary firstname.lastname@example.org
The Niskayuna K-12 Counseling Department is committed to providing a caring and supportive program. We inspire our students to develop academically, socially, and emotionally to become strong and responsible citizens who are well prepared for a diverse and ever changing world.
The Counseling Department for the Niskayuna Central School
District advocates for each student through transitions. We
strive to provide continuity through academic, career, personal,
and social development.
School Counselors have a wealth of knowledge and experience which allows us to collaborate with families to holistically meet the needs of our school community in order to maximize student potential.
School Counselors have an appreciation for the dignity and worth of each person we encounter. We advocate a philosophy of acceptance and compassion for all by inspiring our school communities to create an environment of self- discovery.
An orientation program for the parents of students who will enter 9th grade in September 2017 was held at the High School on Thursday, Jan. 5. View the presentation from the orientation program [PDF]
Each Counseling Center is staffed by two school counselors, a psychologist, and a secretary. The counselors assist students in every way possible to meet success while in middle school. Counseling is a service designed to help all students to identify and achieve personal goals. The activities of the counseling program focus on six basic areas:
All students meet with their school counselor at least once a
year, either individually or in a group. Students remain with
the same counselor throughout middle school to allow for
development of a close and supportive relationship.
Counselors also supervise the orientation programs for all incoming sixth grade students and assist in organizing programs for all eighth grade students transitioning to the high school. The seventh grade Career Day is coordinated by the counselor of the seventh grade students for that year.
Counselors serve as both a resource and a support for parents and teachers, facilitate parent and team conferences, initiate referrals to outside resources and promote communication between home and school.
In addition, the Counseling Center manages student records, issues working papers, and coordinates orientation activities for student new to the district. Any middle school student who has moved into the district is requested to register at the Counseling Center. Additionally, families who are experiencing financial hardship this year and are having trouble buying school supplies or paying for student field trips should contact a school counselor to help to work it out.
Individual appointments may be made to discuss any school related or personal issues. Students are encouraged to visit the Counseling Center any time. The counseling staff looks forward to seeing you!