8th grade students will receive a Student Requests Report attached to the April 25th report card. This report will give you the opportunity to review your child's 9th grade course selections. Parents/Guardians are asked to sign the form and return it to the Counseling Center NO LATER THAN FRIDAY, APRIL 28TH. Please contact Mr. DeBonis if you have any questions.
Third quarter report cards were distributed to students at the end of the school day on Tuesday, April 25th. If an incomplete (INC) appears on this report card, it signifies that the student is missing either a major project, a number of homework assignments quizzes or tests. This missing work prevents the teachers from reporting a fair and accurate grade on the report card. Makeup work must be submitted within ten school days following the day report cards are issued (May 9, 2017). When all missing work is submitted, the INC will be replaced by a numerical grade on the next report card. If you have any questions, please call the Counseling Center.
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All Counseling Center staff can be reached by calling 399-9141, extension 84040.
As students progress from one grade to the next, their counselor moves with them, providing continuity and time to really get to know students and their parents. They take a holistic approach to making sure each student has a positive experience at O’Rourke Middle School and that they are well-prepared for successfully meeting the challenges of the future.
The president of the New York State Counselors’ Association states the following: "School counselors play an instrumental role in shaping students for success – not just academically, but socially, behaviorally, and emotionally as well. For instance, they:
At O’Rourke Middle School, the school counselor focuses on helping students balance the demands of school, family and friends. Special attention is paid to teaching "life skills" such as organization, study skills, time management, responsibility, cooperation, teamwork and other habits and attitudes that will serve students well in any classroom, job or social situation. Counselors are available as resources to parents and caregivers as students navigate their way through the middle years of their education.
There are hundreds of resources on the internet that Middle School parents could find helpful. Here are a few that we recommend:
The mission of the O’Rourke Middle School Counseling Center is to work cooperatively with students, school personnel, parents, and the community to help students make desirable educational, personal, and social decisions.