• Ms. Amy Sinisgalli                                                                                      
     7th Grade School Counselor                                                   
    (908) 284-5110                                                                                              
    Ms. Colette Baills
    8th Grade School Counselor
    (908) 284-5109
    Follow Ms. Baills on Twitter @MsBaills 

    Welcome to our School Counselor's website!  We are excited for the 2016-2017 school year.     Here are some of the events of the year:  During the first full week of school, both Counselors provided an assembly to discuss the difference between aggressive behavior and natural conflict between friends and the important difference in how each should be handled.  
    Week of Respect will be held the week of October 5th.  Be on the lookout for a parent letter of all the events for that special week..
    Violence Awareness Week will be held the week of October 19th.  Be on the lookout for a parent letter of all of the events for that special week.
    Red Ribbon Week will be held the week of October 26th.  Be on the lookout for a parent letter of all of the events for that special week.
    Mix it Up at Lunch Day will be held January 12th.  Be on the lookout for a parent letter of the events for that special day.
    The Great Kindness Challenge Week will be held the week of January 23rd.  
    The counselors would like to share just some of the activities provided for your child in the Counseling Office during the course of their school year here at J.P. Case:
    STARTING THE YEAR OFF RIGHT:  Ms. Baills and Mrs. O'Brien will meet with each of their 400+ students in their grade level either in their office or counseling conference room to start building or continue building a relationship with their students.  The discussion will include how to request to see your counselor, the issue of confidentiality, and areas of support available to all students in the counseling office.  This usually takes the counselors four to six weeks time.
    PEER PRESSURE REVERSAL:   We will be presenting Peer Pressure Reversal during DEAR over three days with each team of students.  The students received this programming as a part of their 7th grade experience.  Important concepts will be reviewed with the 8th grade students.  This program provides students with the tools to identify negative peer pressure situations and effectively deal with them while identifying resources for more complex situations.  Please review the powerpoint used to generate discussion.
    SURVIVING THE MIDDLE SCHOOL:  We will be presenting a video during DEAR supporting all the information students have received from their teachers, administrators, and counselor regarding homework habits, organization, and goal setting.  We will review these important learnings. with the 8th grade. 
    Throughout the school year, a variety of topics will be presented to the 7th and 8th grade during DEAR by Ms. Baills and Mrs. O'Brien to help students achieve success.
    PEER TUTORING:  Ms. Baills and Mrs. O'Brien will be providing peer tutoring options during both the cafeteria portion and DEAR portion of student lunches.  This experience provides students with both peer academic support and mentoring.
    SEAS, SUCCESS GROUP and LUNCH BUNCH GROUPS  Letters inviting students to participate in groups will be sent home with both students and in the mail to parents and guardians.  SEAS, Social/Emotional and Academic Skills and SUCCESS groups will meet during the EXCEL/Band/Chorus/Orchestra block.  Lunch Bunch groups will meet on Thursdays or Fridays.  If you feel your child would benefit from a group experience at some point in the year, please contact your child’s counselor.
    ONE ON ONE MEETINGS:  One on one meetings result for a variety of reasons.  Students may need assistance regarding peer relations, homework completion, choices, along with many other issues arising during the middle school years. Confidential referral to community services and agencies is also available.  Contact anyone in the counseling department for more information.
    THE TREE of KINDNESS:  RFIS Art Teacher, Cate Sewall, designed the JPC Counseling Department KINDNESS TREE.  A number of students along with a teaching intern brought the tree to life with their artistic paint work.  Students have been informed that they can be nominated for a leaf on the Tree of Kindness for their random acts of kindness.  We hope to see this tree blossom abundantly as teachers nominate students for their kind works throughout the school year.
     ATTITUDE OF GRATITUDE:  Students can express gratitude to other students for kinds acts they have experienced.  Nominations are placed on the mural that has a white board featured area for these expressions of gratitude.
    VIOLENCE AWARENESS WEEK   Students will be given an opportunity to focus on Random Acts of Kindness they could do to positively impact their environment and world while sharing important statistics impacting our community, state, country, and world
    RED RIBBON WEEK is a drug and alcohol prevention week.   Many activities are scheduled throughout the week which are designed to enhance knowledge of alcohol and drug use consequences and resist peer pressure.
    CAREER UNIT provides interest inventories and activities for students and will occur in the Technology course in collaboration with Mr. Agabiti, Ms. Baills, and Mrs. O'Brien.  Additionally, three separate workshops related to working papers and job applications along with a PolyTech presentation will be provided during DEAR by Ms. Bails, Mrs. O'Brien, and a representative from the Poly Tech.
    MIX IT UP LUNCH is a nation-wide event that supports the importance of tolerance and is conducted during  Violence Awareness Week.
    PEER LEADERS and PEER MEDIATORS  will be identified by their 7th grade teachers and counselor.  Not only will these peer leaders participate in leadership roles assisting counseling activities, they will receive important training to help have a positive impact on the school environment.  Our current 8th grade peer leaders will be assisting with the new student orientation, Back to School Night, and Morning Announcements including Project Wisdom lessons.
    HIGH SCHOOL SCHEDULING for the 8th grade will start in January.  Keep a look out for mailings, parent nights, student activities, and website announcements from Mrs. O'Brien  and Ms. Baills.
    INTERNET SAFETY:This will be a presentation provided for students during their school day as well as a parent presentation.  It is important that everyone know how to manage technology safely and within the law.
    COMMUNITY SERVICE:  Throughout the year, students will be provided opportunities to make a difference around the corner and around the world.
    SPARK CLUB:  The purpose of this group is to promote kindness and sensitivity across the J.P. Case Middle School Community.  This setting also provides students the opportunity to process their experiences often "sparking" the idea for action needed within the building.