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Counseling Center Goals
The primary objective of the Falconer Middle/High School Counseling Center Office is to assist all students in their educational process to reach their fullest potential through planned programs that support the education of our entire student body. Programs are tailored for all students to maximize their personal, academic, social, and career potential. The Counseling Center serves all students and shall include advisory assistance and counseling in regards to academic curriculum, career plans, attendance, and behavioral/emotional concerns. Through both the guidance program and effective counseling relationships, students learn to take responsibility for decision-making, educational progress, career planning and personal and social development.
Middle School Counseling Services
Mrs. Krista Odell, M.S.Ed.
716-665-6624 extension options #2 & #4
The Middle School Counselor provides counseling to assist with academic achievement and transition from the elementary school setting to the high school. There is close collaboration between the counselor and each of the grade level teams of teachers. Services include but are not limited to:
- career classes & advisement
- short term individual counseling
- student scheduling
- student enrollment/transfer
- grade 6 Lifeskills classes
- high school planning sessions
- 8th grade graduation info night
- parent/teacher conferences
- Middle School incentive program
- attend student CSE meetings
- attend student 504 plan meetings
- attend grade level team meetings
- develop behavior modification plans
Mrs. Odell works with students in grades 6-7-8 encouraging individual growth and exploring careers using the Choices career computer software program.. She meets with students and develops a tentative High School Plan to help meet graduation requirements and prepare for post High School goals. Parents and students have the option of arranging an individual parent-student-counselor conference to review report cards, career information, and test scores while organizing the student's grade nine schedule and high school plan.
High School Counseling Services
Mrs. Tara Swan, M.S.Ed.
716-665-6624 options #2 & # 2
Grades 9-12 (Last names A-J)
Mrs. Tina Duliba, M.S.Ed
716-665-6624 options #2 & #3
Grades 9-12 (Last names K-Z)
The High School Counselors are responsible for working with students grade nine through twelve. They provide services and activities to encourage and motivate students to achieve success in high school and beyond. Counselors always engage necessary personnel to assist with students including; parents, teachers, administrators, community members and local service agencies. Services include but are not limited to:
- high school course advisement
- career research and portfolios
- college/trade school research
- college & financial aid applications
- attend 504/CSE meetings
- personal counseling
- attend parent/teacher conferences
- financial aid resources
- student scheduling
- Fenner tutoring program
- Gay Straight Alliance
- Student Mentoring Program
- Military Outreach Program
In grade 9, students work with Mrs. Swan and Mrs. Duliba, who provide a source of support for students. Students should be encouraged to use an assignment pad, ask questions, and seek help from their teachers. The PowerSchool Parent Portal is a means of communication.
In grades 9 and 10, Mrs. Swan and Mrs. Duliba continue to work with the computerized Choices Program. The counselors review academic performance with students and/or parents to ensure continuity and support in Falconer's Counseling services to help students strengthen academic areas and planning for the future.
The focus for grades 11 and 12 is to review high school plans, to ensure graduation and post-graduate options for the student. This includes providing guidance for college admission tests
. The counselors also help the student with college and career counseling and financial aid, as well as information about the military, and/or employment.
Counselors can be contacted to review the student's schedule and graduation plan.
Social Worker Services
Mr. David Holt LCSW-R
716-665-6624 options #2 & #5
The school social worker provides continuous and therapeutic counseling for students and serves as a link between families and community resources. Counseling is provided to students upon request. Referrals to the school social worker can be made by each of the grade level counselors, in conjunction with the administrative staff. Services include but are not limited to:
- individual & group counseling
- attending CSE and 504 plan meetings
- collaborating with school psychologist
- assisting with home visits
- cooperate with SPOA & Outpatient Mental Health Center
- 2nd Steps Social/Emotional Curriculum
Counseling Center Secretary
Mrs. Kathy Hedstrand
Grades 6-12 Secretary
Secretary to the Athletic Director
716-665-6624 #2, #1