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August 2015

Dear Parents,


The following is a brief description of the Guidance Department Services offered at The Edgartown School. 


Students at every grade level have the opportunity to participate in classroom guidance addressing issues such as conflict resolution, relationships (peer, teacher, family), stress, discrimination, and decision making.  Health issues are also discussed in this format  (age-appropriately) addressing safety, disease and illness, smoking, hygiene, puberty and nutrition.   These lessons are taught either weekly in a co-teaching format with our health teacher, Sue Costello, or by us separately in the classroom.


Our counseling program is supplemented in the fall of sixth grade, when we go with the students on a four day / three night trip to Alton Jones Environmental Education Center for outdoor education and team building.  During the 6th Grade the students are also able to participate in the D.A.R.E. (Drug Abuse Resistance Education) Program taught by Bob Ogden of the Dukes County Sheriff’s Department.  In eighth grade, Bob returns to lead students through team building exercises ending with the ropes course.


Individual and group counseling is available to all students. Some students meet to help process classroom, playground and friendship issues.  Topic groups can be formed to help work on the feelings following separation, divorce and remarriage, being new to the school, social deficits and grieving.  Referrals are made by parent, teacher and/ or student requests.  Students are met with on an as need basis, which may mean a one-time meeting or an ongoing weekly/bi-weekly schedule.  Sometimes students invite a friend(s) to come to the counseling office with them either for support or to help resolve an issue.   We will be in contact with you if concerns about your child have been raised. 


                  Parents are encouraged to schedule an appointment(s) with the either of us throughout the year to discuss concerns related to student learning styles, behaviors in and out of school, stages of development (ranging from separation issues in kindergarten to adolescence) and personal issues that are getting in the way of student achievement.  As members of your child’s educational team we can help make recommendations which may include: behavior modification programs; in school counseling; referrals to outside counseling; parent meetings, groups and classes; educational testing; emotional testing; and/or psychological testing.


            We consult with classroom teachers when concerns are raised about a students learning or emotional success.  Classroom and student observations help us to get a fuller picture of students in order to help them achieve their potential.


Hopefully this gives you a good picture of the guidance services offered at The Edgartown School and explains how we function as part of your child’s educational team.  Please feel free to contact us with any questions or concerns.  We look forward to seeing you and your children in September.





Eric Butler                                 Deborah DeBettencourt                

Guidance Counselor                     Guidance Counselor                    








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