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Program of Studies


School Counseling Department

To make an appointment with your school counselor simply click on your team name and complete the form. 

After completing the form your counselor will send you an invite to an appointment before the end of the next school day.  These appointments will sometimes be delivered to you when you swipe in the morning.  The swipe machine will produce and print a pass.


Amy Coates, Guidance Secretary                                         


Sarah Grisko, Registrar



Justine Kiely, School Counselor



860-647-3400 x70307     jmori@mpspride.org

Patrick Biggins, School Counselor





860-647-3400 x21183

Justine Meyer, NCC, School Counselor





Sarah Walton, School Counselor

Department Facilitator

860-647-3400 x70405


Sarah Zalewski, NCC, LPC, School Counselor






The Illing Middle School Counseling Program is data-driven to provide developmentally appropriate, preventative and responsive counseling services to all students resulting in academic achievement, personal growth, and in college and career readiness.



The School Counselors at Illing Middle School believe:    


  • School counselors are advocates for every student.

  • All students have significance, worth, and the potential to achieve success.

  • All students – regardless of age, gender, race, ethnicity, or sexual orientation – shall have equal access to all services (academic, career, and personal/social) provided by the counseling program and the school.

  • The school counseling program serves a central role in meeting students’ developmental needs through interventions in academic, career, and personal/social domains.

  • Learning experiences should be designed around the students’ needs in such a way as to make them personally meaningful to our students.

  • All students learn best when positive relationships are present and fostered daily by adults in our building

  • School counselors recognize the unique strengths and abilities possessed by each individual student as tools to achieve their goals.

  • The American School Counselor Association ethical standards should guide the work of the school counseling program and school counselors.


All Support Staff, maintain confidentiality in accordance with ethical guidelines and legal requirements.  Exceptions to confidentiality are:

-Harm to self or others   

-Abuse or neglect   

-Subpoena, court or other legal proceedings.


Programs and Services


Individual Counseling

School Counselors provide a supportive and confidential environment where their students can discuss personal and social concerns, educational and career goals, and academic difficulties.


Small Group Counseling and Lunch Bunch Sessions

Throughout the year, groups are created based on teacher, family, administrator referrals, and student requests. Lunch Bunch is more informal, open to interested students, and occur during each team’s lunch periods at different points in the year. These are the following topics that are typical in any given school year:

Social skills                                



Conflict Resolution   

Changing families/Divorce            



Study Skills


Classroom Guidance and School-Wide Programs

Throughout the year counselors will provide lessons and programs, within the classroom, that reflect upon the needs of the students and the school. These lessons and programs may include the following topics:


Preparation for High School and Higher Education                 

Career Exploration      

Learning Styles/Study Skills


Character Development


Career Development

The School Counseling Department utilizes Naviance, a web-based platform for all Manchester Public School students in grades 6-12 to identify their strengths and align their interests to long-term college and career goals. Students have the opportunity to take interest inventories and explore career and higher education opportunities. Parents and students may access this resource at home by logging on to Naviance.com.  Please contact the Registrar if your child has lost his/her login or password.


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