School Counseling Department
Welcome to the SHS School Counseling Department! All Somerville High students will be assigned to a school counselor during their time here. We are here to support students and families as students progress through high school and beyond. We hope you can find information about many of the programs and services we provide here on this website. If you have additional questions, please do not hesitate to contact your student’s counselor.
School Counseling Department and Contact Information
Simone Braga, SHS Registrar, x6173
Meghan Sousa, 9th grade CTE Counselor, x6112
Justin LaBerge, Beacon House School Counselor (students with last name A-Doq), x6127
Jeremy Rischall, Elm House School Counselor (students with last name Dor-Le), x6129
Paula Keymont, Highland House School Counselor (students with last name Lf-Pi), x6128
Cathy Maguire, Broadway House School Counselor (students with last name Pj-Z), x6126
Anne Herzberg Eden, ELL School Counselor, x6130
Anne Irwin, Regular Education Adjustment Counselor, x6132
Suzanna (Zanny) Alter, Redirect Counselor, x6180
Barbara Favaloro, School Counseling Secretary, x6120
Traci Small, School Counseling Director, x6125
Melanie Kessler, Director of College & Career Readiness, x6259
To facilitate the academic, personal/social and career development for all students through a School Counseling Program that is comprehensive, preventative and developmentally appropriate.
Strengths-based, Comprehensive, Developmental, Preventative and Proactive
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Bound By Confidentiality
A counseling relationship involves the development of trust and confidentiality, which must not be breached by the counselor except where there is bullying or a clear and present danger to the individual receiving counseling, or to other persons. The counselor may share information gained during the counseling process in essential consultation with other appropriate persons specifically concerned with the individual. Confidential information may be released only with the consent of the individual being counseled, except when required by law or when a clear and present danger exists.
IMPORTANT EVENTS FOR STUDENTS AND FAMILIES
Seniors Post High School Planning Night
Thursday, September 20, 2018
Information for seniors and families on post secondary options, Naviance, and financial aid.
Post Secondary/PSAT Day/Financial Aid Completion Event
Wednesday, October 10, 2018
During the school day
10th and 11th graders take the PSAT. Special schedule for 9th and 12th grade. FAFSA/CSS completion event in partnership with uAspire for 12th graders.
Somerville Post-Secondary Fair
Tuesday, October 16, 2018
SHS Atrium/Field House
Students and families in grades 9-12 are invited to talk to colleges, military branches, gap year programs, and other post secondary options in our annual fair.
Introduction to College Basics for Junior Families
Thursday, November 1, 2018
Join the School Counseling Department for basic information about the college process.
College Experience Panel - Cancelled
Wednesday, November 21, 2018 SHS Auditorium 9:40 am: During the school day SHS graduates return to discuss their post secondary experiences with students.
SHS Introduction to Course Selection Process Night (for 8th grade families only)
Thursday, January 31, 2019
An opportunity to hear from SHS counselors about the high school course selection process.
Class of 2018 Scholarship Awards Night
Wednesday, May 22, 2019
7:00 – 9:30 p.m.
Seniors are recognized with scholarships from the community.