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School Counseling Office Staff
 
Counseling Office Secretary: Peggy Strauf
Pstrauf@homercentral.org
749-1135
 
School Counselor for A-L: Stacy Bell
Sbell@homercentral.org
 
School Counselor for M-Z: Jessica Woods
Jwoods@homercentral.org

School Psychologist: Melissa Brown
Mbrown@homercentral.org

School Social Worker: John O'Callaghan
Jjocallaghan@homercentral.org

Beyond working on student schedules, the counseling office offers help in dealing with academic, personal and social issues. Many times, we discuss such things as problem solving, conflict resolution or organizational strategies that will enable students to become more successful academically. Junior high offers many new opportunities, and serves as a bridge between elementary and high school. Please feel free to visit us in the counseling office if you are having a problem, need someone to talk to, or just simply have a question.

We also encourage parents to call the counseling office if they have questions, wish to share information with the school, or would like to arrange a meeting with their child's team of teachers. 

Mental Health Counseling Availability at School:
If you would like to see a private mental health counselor, an individual from Family Counseling Services is in our building 5 days per week.  You can pick up a referral form in the counseling office.  Since the person is a private therapist, the family is responsible for payment and insurance information.  
 
Working Papers: 
Students aged 14-17 who would like to begin working must obtain their working papers. Please see Mrs. Strauf in the Counseling Office to request working papers.
 
For information on the New York State Laws surrounding working while in school along with tips on balancing work and school please visit https://labor.ny.gov/youth/14-to-17.shtm.
 
Naviance: 
We have a new career and college readiness program this year called Naviance.
“Naviance is a college and career readiness solution that helps districts and schools align student strengths and interests to postsecondary goals, improving studetn outcomes and connecting learning to life.” To login to Naviance click the folliwng link https://connection.naviance.com/family-connection/auth/login/?hsid=homerjhs.
 
Community Resources Information: 
see link below.  Homer School District doesn't endorse any specific provider.  We are just offering information about some available resources.
 
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Homer Central School District
Ms. Nancy Ruscio, Superintendent

80 South West Road
Homer, NY 13077
607-749-7241

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