News and notes
8th to 9th Grade Scheduling
9th grade scheduling is in full swing with Mr. DeBonis
meeting with students in order to schedule classes for the fall.
Please feel free to contact the Counseling Center with any
New York State Testing
New York State ELA Exams will be given on March 28, 29 and 30
for grades 3-8. New York State Math Exams will be given in
Middle Years Newsletter
Want to help your middle schooler boost reading comprehension
skills? Needs tips on how to build resilience in your
child? Then just click
here for this month's edition of the Middle Years
Newsletter. Happy Reading!
All Counseling Center staff can be reached by calling
399-9141, extension 84040.
Parents and School Counselors...Partners
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
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
- Help students deal with and diffuse problems brought
into school from home and outside the classroom;
- Act as consultants to teachers and serve as sources of
institutional knowledge for administrators;
- Provide academic and career guidance to students, and
help them meet and overcome emotional- and mental- health
- Establish and promote supportive learning environments;
- Develop academic and behavioral intervention programs;
- Foster and maintain parental involvement.
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.
Resources for Parents and Students
Recommended Websites for Middle School Parents
There are hundreds of resources on the internet that Middle
School parents could find helpful. Here are a few that we
- www.girlshealth.gov A very girl- and parent-friendly website
from the U.S. Department of Health that covers many topics from
drugs and bullying to illness and nutrition. A good starting
point for a parent-daughter chat on difficult topics.
- www.4parents.gov Similar to the above site but equally
relevant to boys and girls. Includes conversation starters and
lots of tips on talking to your teen or pre-teen.
www.allkidsgrieve.org/home.html A resource for helping
children deal with grief from many types of loss including
www.educationatlas.com/study-skills.html A resource
containing tips for improving study skills such as note taking,
solving math word problems, dealing with test anxiety, effective
listening and much more.
- www.how-to-study.com A study skills resource site.
- www.khanacademy.org Thousands of videos that provide a
full course on instruction in a variety of topics, from social
studies to statistics.
Best Open and Free Educational Resources for Students Share
these resources for all subjects with your students. They are
excellent tools for supporting students who are struggling and
they allow all students to delve deeper into content that sparks
Ten Sources For Free Textbooks Online Use this site to get a
ton of useful information from a variety of links.
Education Technology for Diverse Learners Here is a
collection of research on the needs of diverse learners:
students with special needs, English language learners, and
students with unique interests and backgrounds. Resources and
free courses for educators wishing to support diverse learners
are also shared.
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.