Our Lady of Lourdes

HIGH SCHOOL, Poughkeepsie, NY

School Counseling

The mission of the Our Lady of Lourdes High School counselors is to positively impact and support all students on all grade levels by providing them with academic, college/career, and personal/social counseling in a faith-based setting.  By collaborating with students, teachers, administrators, coaches, and families, counselors strive to optimize student performance by addressing each student’s individual needs.  Taking into consideration the cultural diversity of our students, our goal is to assist the young men and women in our charge in becoming responsible citizens and lifelong learners who are prepared to find success in a globally competitive 21st century.

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.

We have re-structured our counseling assignments so that students will meet with the same counselor for the entire four years of their Lourdes career.  This change 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. Taryn Paggi (both a current faculty member and 2007 OLL graduate) to the Counseling Department.  In addition to her teaching background, Mrs. Paggi has academic advising experience and has earned a Master’s Degree in Education, with a major in College Student Personnel Administration.  She is currently pursuing additional graduate coursework towards the fulfillment of N.Y.S. School Counselor certification requirements and is looking forward to working with Lourdes students and parents in her new role.

Also, Mr. Ken Powers will now assume a new position as College Adviser.  He will work with all Seniors (and all Juniors in the Spring) with the college search, application selection processes, and transition-to-college issues.  As College Adviser, he will also develop 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.  

Students are assigned to the following counselors:

Grades 9-12, A-F      Mr. Derrick Damiano      Ext. 1140      damianod@0llchs.org

Grades 9-12, G-M     Mrs. Taryn Paggi             Ext 1144        paggit@ollchs.org

Grades 9-12, N-Z      Ms. Caroline Webber    Ext 1006       webberc@ollchs.org

Champagnat Learning Center/
International Students                 
                                       Ms. Patricia Brozon      Ext. 1115     brozonp@ollchs.org

College Adviser        Mr. Ken Powers            Ext. 1002      powersk@ollchs.org


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.

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 – This year we will again be hosting weekly college mini-fairs.  Representatives from six to eight colleges will be attending each one.  Interested seniors are invited to attend.  Passes for these events can be obtained from Mr. Powers.

Financial Aid Meeting - On November ___ we will be hosting a 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.


College Mini-Fairs
- Although Juniors are not permitted out-of-school visits to colleges until the spring, they are invited to attend the College Mini-Fairs held each week in the fall.  Interested students should see Mr. Powers in order to get a pass to attend.

PSAT testing - PSAT testing for all Juniors will be on October 10, 2018.  Registration will take place in school as all juniors will be taking this test.

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.


PSAT testing - As a result of a special pilot program with the College Board, all Sophomores will be taking this test on Wednesday, October 10, 2018.  Registration will take place in school as all Sophomores will be taking this test.


Freshmen Family Orientation – On August 28 there will be a meeting for parents of all freshmen students.  Parents will have an opportunity to meet the administrators and all of our School Counselors and will hear about the activities available at Lourdes.