Guidance

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Port Jervis High School counselors foster each student's social, emotional, and academic development to maximize his/her educational potential. We bring together people, information, and resources to effect positive growth in students' lives.

Update regarding changes in our High School guidance department:

New changes in personnel has led to a shift in the caseload responsibilities in the department. Below are the guidance counselors with last name breakdown for the 20-21 school year:

Mrs. Laurie Kahmar: A-D
Mrs. Julie Balogh: E-K
Ms. Cathy Lane: L-Rit
Mr. Chris Stellato:  Riv-Z
Ms. Kate Oldham: K-12 Coordinator, district attendance, HS data

It is understood that some families may feel strongly regarding their child’s relationship with a certain counselor.  It is a positive thing that people are pleased with the service they have received in the past. We are letting you know that students can still always see and talk with a past counselor.  We will be following the new caseloads identified above for scheduling purposes.  We request that you do not ask to change your child’s counselor. This new alphabet division creates equity in the counselors’ work while allowing them to maintain older relationships and forge new ones.  Additionally, students can invite their previous counselor to be part of their college or post grad discussion. We are fortunate to have counselors who are competent, knowledgeable, and reliable. We urge everyone to get to know their new counselor while keeping in touch and sharing information with the previous counselor.  Go Port!

PSAT Offered at PJHS Saturday, October 17, 2020

The Preliminary SAT, also known as the PSAT/NMSQT® (National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test), is a preparatory version of the SAT exam. You can only take the PSAT once per year, and most students take the test in both 10th and 11th grade. If you earn a high score on the PSAT your junior year, you could qualify to receive a National Merit Scholarship. This exam tests skills in reading, writing, and math. Unlike the SAT, the highest score possible on the PSAT is 1520. This exam is free for all sophomores and juniors.  

Students can register with this link:

https://forms.gle/Xhp1TgJs61PzSd6G9

Guidance Staff

Five guidance counselors are available to assist our students. Each student is assigned a counselor who follows him/her through four years of high school. Assignments are made alphabetically by last name.

Guidance Department

School Counselors

Kate Oldham Guidance Department Coordinator

School Psychologist

School Social Worker

Clerk Typist

Resources

Most of the resource documents are in a PDF format. Adobe Acrobat Reader is required to download and print. If you do not have Adobe Acrobat on your computer, you can get a free copy from the Adobe web site.

Child Abuse Hotline Number: 1-800-342-3720

Reports of suspected child abuse or maltreatment should be made immediately -- at any time of the day and on any day of the week -- by telephone to the New York Statewide Central Register of Child Abuse and Maltreatment (sometimes referred to as the State Central Register or SCR).

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