The Guidance Departments of the Middle and High Schools are presenting an 8th Grade Parents' Night on Thursday, January 17th at 7:00 PM in the High School Cafeteria. This presentation is open to parents of current 8th graders entering 9th grade in September, 2019.
The Crossing Over Route 50 program will be held on Wednesday, January 23rd. Eighth graders will be bussed to the HIGH SCHOOL after their first block class and return in time for lunch. While at the High School, students will attend eight informational sessions, tour academic spaces, hear from teachers, and receive information from counselors and students. Please feel free to contact the Middle School Counseling Center with any questions.
Report cards for the second quarter will be sent home with students on Wednesday, February 6th. Make sure to check those backpacks!
All Counseling Center staff can be reached by calling 518-399-9141, extension 84040.
As students progress from one grade to the next, their counselor moves with them, providing continuity and time to really get to know students and their parents. They take a holistic approach to making sure each student has a positive experience at O’Rourke Middle School and that they are well-prepared for successfully meeting the challenges of the future.
The president of the New York State Counselors’ Association states the following: "School counselors play an instrumental role in shaping students for success – not just academically, but socially, behaviorally, and emotionally as well. For instance, they:
At O’Rourke Middle School, the school counselor focuses on helping students balance the demands of school, family and friends. Special attention is paid to teaching "life skills" such as organization, study skills, time management, responsibility, cooperation, teamwork and other habits and attitudes that will serve students well in any classroom, job or social situation. Counselors are available as resources to parents and caregivers as students navigate their way through the middle years of their education.
There are hundreds of resources on the internet that Middle School parents could find helpful. Here are a few that we recommend:
The mission of the O’Rourke Middle School Counseling Center is to work cooperatively with students, school personnel, parents, and the community to help students make desirable educational, personal, and social decisions.