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 Guidance Department

Mrs. Bigg and Mrs. Blake
July 23, 2017
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Guidance DepartmentPicture of Kids Going to Class

Guidance Counselors

Diane Bigg

Teams: 6th-Yellow and Maroon, 7th-Gold, 8th-Blue  

Jennifer Blake

Teams: 6th-Purple and Maroon, 7th-Red, 8th-Green  

Wendy Wee, Guidance Secretary  


(845) 615-6330 Fax: (845) 615-6333


What is the Guidance Counselor's role?

Guidance counselors are professionally trained and New York State certified professionals whose role is to identify and address student needs through the use of a comprehensive school counseling program geared towards student success.  Our main goal is to advocate for our students and ensure that they each have a successful middle school experience.  We work with students individually, in small groups, and within the classroom setting to support and assist them with their academic, social/emotional, behavioral, and personal development.  We also work collaboratively with students, parents, teachers, and other professionals in order to identify and minimize any barriers that stand in the way of student success.  In addition, we serve as an important source of information, resources, and referrals. 

Some of the areas in which guidance counselors offer support include:

  • Fostering positive peer relationships
  • Appropriate decision making skills
  • Providing communication and conflict resolution skills
  • Assisting with coping strategies and problem solving
  • Encouraging self awareness and acceptance
  • Teaching organizational and time management skills
  • Reinforcing academic support skills
  • Providing crisis intervention for students
  • Acting as a liaison between school and home


Students and parents are encouraged to contact their guidance counselor for assistance and to discuss any concerns that they may have. 


Transition from 5th to 6th Grade:

The counselors at CJH and the staff at GIS work closely together to ensure that the transition from fifth grade to the middle school is as smooth as possible.  

Transition from 8th to 9th Grade:

The CJH and GHS Guidance Departments work together to make sure your child's transition from Middle to High School is smooth. Parent Orientation was held at the high school on February 22nd at 7:00 pm.

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