Counseling Corner ~
All Counselors are available to speak with and/or meet with parents (via appointments only) during the school day. Our goal is to work with your student and encourage them to succeed academically, socially and personally while at Lourdes.
Our counseling assignments allows students to meet with the same counselor for the majority of their Lourdes career. This is designed to provide for greater continuity of academic, personal and career counseling services as well as enhanced supportive relationships between student and counselor.
We welcome Mrs. Kelly Patterson to the Counseling Department. Mrs. Patterson will serve as the Freshman Transition Counselor. Mrs. Patterson has an extensive background in both Mental Health Counseling as well as School Counseling. She is extremely excited to help the freshman with their transition to Our Lady of Lourdes.
Mr. Ken Powers, our College Adviser, has developed a series of evening programs for parents designed to provide information and understanding of important college-related topics. A calendar of presentation topics will be provided at a later date.
Director of School Counseling - Mrs. Caroline Beyer
Students are assigned to the following counselors:
Grade 9, A-Z Mrs. Kelly Patterson
Ext. 1119 firstname.lastname@example.org
Grades 10-12, A-F - Mr. Derrick Damiano
Ext. 1140 email@example.com
Grades 10-12, G-M - Mrs. Taryn Paggi
Ext 1144 firstname.lastname@example.org
Grade 10-12, N-Z - Mrs. Caroline Beyer
College Counselor - Mr. Ken Powers
Ext. 1002 email@example.com
Listed Below are some specific topics and issues that are presented by the School Counselors to the respective grade levels in each of the four years here at Our Lady of Lourdes.
College Visits -Seniors are permitted three out of school visits to colleges in the Fall. A parental note informing the school about a visit must be brought in to Mr. Powers at least one day prior to the visit. Verification from the college must be brought to Mr. Powers the day following the visit.
This procedure must be followed in order to consider the visit a legal absence from school.
College Meetings - Seniors will continue to meet with their College Counselor one-on-one in order to move forward with the application process.
SATs & ACTs - Seniors are encouraged to take/retake the SAT and/or ACT in October, November or December. Registration for both tests is to be done online.
College Search/Application - Seniors should be in the midst of their college search and application process. We remind seniors that letters of recommendation from 1-2 academic teachers are required by most colleges. When asking teachers for letters, it would be helpful if you provided them with a short resume containing your in-school and out-of-school activities. Please make your request at least 2-3 weeks prior to your application deadline.
College Mini Fairs – As in past years, we hosted weekly college mini-fairs. Representatives from six to eight colleges attended each one.
Financial Aid Meeting - We will be hosting our annual meeting to explain the FAFSA form. This form must be filled out to receive financial aid from colleges. Members of the Marist College Financial Aid Office will present this information and answer any questions you may have. The meeting will begin at 6:30 p.m. in the school auditorium. Date TBA.
College Mini-Fairs - Although Juniors are not permitted out-of-school visits to colleges until the spring, they were invited to attend the College Mini-Fairs held each week in the fall.
PSAT testing - PSAT testing for all Juniors was administered in October. Test results will become available early in December. Once the results are published, students will meet with their School Counselors to determine areas of strength and concern.
College Meetings - Juniors will start to meet with their College Counselor one-on-one Spring, in order to develop an action plan for the college application process.
SAT/ACT - Juniors should plan to start taking the SAT and/or ACT in the spring of their Junior Year. Registration and Test site locations for these exams are found on the respective websites.
Junior Parents’ Meeting - In the spring there will be a meeting for Junior parents which will explain the college search and application process. The date will be announced in a later newsletter.
Extra Curricular Activities - Involvement in sports, clubs, and activities is strongly encouraged throughout a students tenure here at Lourdes. These clubs and activities provide opportunities for increased comradery among students all while taking part in something they may be interested in. A list of extra curricular activities can be found under the Student Life tab on the website.
PSAT testing -SAT testing for all Sophomores was administered in October. Test results will become available early in December. Once the results are published, students will meet with their School Counselors to determine areas of strength and concern.
Extra Curricular Activities - involvement in sports, clubs, and activities is strongly encouraged throughout a students tenure here at Lourdes. These clubs and activities provide opportunities for increased comradery among students all while taking part in something they may be interested in. A list of extra curricular activities can be found under the Student Life tab on the website.
Students will work with Mrs. Patterson, the Freshman School & Transition Counselor to strengthen the following aspects of their freshman year:
- Social and Emotional Adjustment to High School
- Techniques for Study Skills
- Time managements and organizational skills
- Mid-Term and Final Exam preparation Skill