School Counseling Office
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.
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.
We use a career and college readiness program called Naviance to help expand our students awareness of college and careers.
“Naviance is a college and career readiness solution that helps districts and schools align student strengths and interests to postsecondary goals, improving student outcomes and connecting learning to life.” To login to Naviance click the following link: https://connection.naviance.com/family-connection/auth/login/?hsid=homerjhs.
School Counseling Office Staff
Counseling Office Secretary: Peggy Strauf
School Counselor for A-J: Stacy Bell
School Counselor for K-Z: Jessica Woods
School Psychologist: Melissa Brown
School Social Worker: John O'Callaghan