The Guidance Departments of the Burnt Hills Ballston Lake Middle and High Schools will be presenting an 8th Grade Parents' Night on Thursday, January 19th at 7 PM in the High School Cafeteria. This program is designed to acquaint parents with the course selection process, graduation requirements, and the block schedule that will affect your child next year. We hope to see you there!
This year's 8th Grade Crossing Over Route 50 Program will be held on Thursday, January 26th. This provides an introduction to high school and a beginning to the scheduling process through a 3-session program. High School and Middle School guidance counselors will discuss the high school curriculum, block scheduling, graduation requirements, and the different diplomas available to 8th grade students. High School representatives will discuss behavioral expectations, opportunities for student activities, and opportunities for electives. 8th graders will also have the chance to meet with current high school students for an informal question and answer session. Questions? Please contact the Counseling Center at 399-9141 X84040.
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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.