VFMS Guidance Department
Guidance Department Staff
8th Grade; 6th Grade (A-D)
Ms. Sheri DeMaris
7th Grade; 6th Grade (E-M)
Mrs. Kelly Neary
5th Grade; 6th Grade (N-Z)
The Role of the School Counselor
School counselors are professionally trained specialists with strong backgrounds in the behavioral science and human relations. Counselors are specialists in identifying school and personal problems, helping students deal with social and emotional issues, and in facilitating the planning of current and future education. They teach classroom lessons on grade-specific topics and facilitate small needs-based groups.
With Whom Does the Counselor Consult?
The counselors meet weekly with the core team teachers, specials teachers, and foreign language teachers. They discuss individual students and look for patterns in behavior. Counselors also serve as a guide and support for parents. They consult with administrators, outside counselors, and our school psychologist.
What Does the School Counselor Do?
-Meets with students individually and in groups.
-Aids teachers and parents in helping children.
-Orients and schedules new students.
-Coordinates standardized testing programs.
-Maintains student records.
-Assists in the psychological evaluations of students.
-Teaches classroom lessons and facilitates small groups on decision making, social skills, career exploration, goal setting, etc.
-Assists in identifying students with special needs.
-Coordinates team meetings with teachers and parents.
-Assists parents in accessing community resources.
-Sponsors the Peer Mediation and Golden Eagle Programs.
-Sponsors grade level community service projects.
Groups Available for VFMS Students
Grief & Loss
*If you are interested in having your child join a group, please call your counselor.
Call your child's Counselor if...
-You want information on your child's progress in school.
-You want to schedule a conference with you child's teachers or school psychologist.
-You wish to share information with school personnel.
-You want standardized test scores interpreted.
-You wish to discuss the special needs of you child.
-You have any questions at all - if we don't know the answer, we can point you in the right direction.