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.

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      pattersonk@ollchs.org

Grades 10-12, A-F - Mr. Derrick Damiano     

                                                                                      Ext. 1140      damianod@0llchs.org

Grades 10-12, G-M - Mrs. Taryn Paggi   

                                                                                     Ext 1144        paggit@ollchs.org

Grade 10-12, N-Z - Mrs. Caroline Beyer 

                                                                                     Ext. 1006    beyerc@ollchs.org

College Counselor - 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 September 19th there will be a Mandatory Freshman Parent Orientation. Parents will have the opportunity to meet faculty and administration.