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WELCOME TO THE GUIDANCE DEPARTMENT

Introduction
George Washington Middle School is strongly committed to building children’s social, emotional and academic competencies. The Guidance Department is an integral part of this community that fosters respect, responsibility and caring through instructional programs, activities and a partnership between parents, administrators, teachers and the community in raising children.

Counseling Services
The Guidance Department provides counseling services individually and in groups to assist all children in exploring and understanding themselves. Counseling can focus on academics, personal problems, peer relationships, authority conflicts, critical social problems, and family situations. The goal is to help children build social, emotional and academic competencies.

Organization
Guidance services are provided for all students within each grade level. One counselor is assigned to a grade level and remains with his/her counselors for all three years at GWMS. This structure provides an efficient and effective communication and monitoring system designed to support students, parents and school personnel.

Informational Services
Informational services are a vital part of the guidance program. The goal of this service is to provide pertinent information to students and to stimulate students to appraise ideas and opportunities. Information is provided to students and parents in the social, academic, emotional, personal and recreational areas.

Program Selection
Counselors assist all students in program selections that best suit their goals, needs and abilities. Placement in varied programs and courses requires a coordinated effort among school personnel, parents and students. Counselors provide frequent reevaluation and follow-up to placement decisions.

Guidance Department Contacts

Gabrielle D’Andrea (Guidance Secretary)

Business: 201-670-2790 x40533

Mr. David Pfeiffer (Monroe Guidance Counselor)

Business: 201-670-2790 X40556
Email: dpfeiffer@ridgewood.k12.nj.us
Guidance Counselor - Monroe House

Mr. Kevin Feeley (Crisis Intervention Counselor)

Business: 201-670-2782 x40305
Crisis Intervention Counselor

 Mr. Michael Mullin (Godwin Guidance Counselor)

Business: 201-670-2790 X40557
Guidance Counselor - Godwin house

 

Guidance Department Announcements

ATTENTION ALL STUDENTS:

The Club Fair is coming! The Club Fair is coming!

September 29th at 2:55 p.m. in the Cafeteria:

Come see all the exciting clubs GW has to offer!!

Club fair


RESIDENCY INFORMATION
Dear Parents:

Please be advised that updated Lease/Rental information must be sent to Guidance so we can adjust our records.

If you have moved you must bring your new Deed/Lease/Rental Agreement along with one utility bill to Guidance.

Should you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact us.

Thank you!
Guidance Department
201-670-2790 ext. 40533

APPLYING FOR PRIVATE SCHOOLS
Dear 8th Grade Parents,

It is that time of year that Open Houses will take place in October for Private High Schools.
We ask that you follow the instructions below for requesting any information in association with the application process:

GWMS GUIDELINES FOR APPLYING TO PRIVATE SCHOOLS

TRANSCRIPT REQUEST INSTRUCTIONS:
  • Go the the Important Guidance Information section below
  • Download Transcript Request Form
  • Complete form for as many schools you are applying
  • Bring Form and check in the appropriate amount to Guidance
HOW TO ASK TEACHERS FOR RECOMMENDATIONS:
  • Student must personally ask teachers for the recommendation
  • Student must provide their teacher one month advance notice before recommendation deadline
  • Student must supply teacher with a stamped envelope. It must be addressed appropriate per private school directions for recommendations
  • Student must fill out ALL STUDENT SECTIONS
  • Student must provide teacher with outline of student bio, if appropriate
  • Student should limit the number of recommendation requests to staff. It is VERY time consuming for teachers and administrators to fill out recommendations, and this should be taken into consideration.
  • PLEASE ONLY ​REQUST RECOMMENDATIONS FOR THOSE SCHOOLS YOU ARE SERIOUSLY CONSIDERING ATTENDING.
Any question? Please contact the Guidance Office at GWMS

Guidance Services