Counselor's Corner

 COUNSELOR'S CORNER

             Welcome to the Riverside Middle School Counselor's webpage!

Laura Galgoci

lgalgoci@riverside.k12.nj.us

Laura Bruzek

lbruzek@riverside.k12.nj.us

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Middle School Counseling Services

 How do students see Mrs. Galgoci?

I am available for students throughout the day. However, to avoid missing academic instruction, students are encouraged to make appointments or ask to see me during their quarter classes, RAM periods or lunch periods. 

  If you are experiencing an emergency or feel you need to see me immediatelylet your teacher or a staff member know. They will call my office or the main office to locate me. 

Students can request to see me in a number of ways:

Stop by my office in between classes and fill out a “Request to see the Counselor” form to schedule an appointment.

If I am with another student at the time, PLEASE 
 do not interrupt.  

If you are in class and would like to see me, let your teacher or an adult in the room know. You will most likely be asked, "Do you need to see Mrs. Galgoci immediately or is this something that can wait?"  The teacher or adult will call my office to make sure I am available.

When we have a scheduled appointment, you will receive a pass from me in homeroom.  You need to let your teacher(s) know at the beginning of class that you have a scheduled appointment with me


Why can't students just go see Mrs. Galgoci without asking a teacher/staff member?

I value the privacy of every student and want to give my time and attention to everyone who is in my office. There is a chance I am meeting with another student and if you come to my office without first having a teacher or staff member call to make sure I am available, I will not be able to give you the time you need. Turning students away from my office is my least favorite thing to do!   

What does a School Counselor do? 

School Counselors make a measurable impact in every student’s life, assisting with academic, career and personal/social development. Professional School Counselors are trained in both educating and counseling, allowing them to function as a facilitator between parents, teachers and the student in matters concerning the student’s goals, abilities and any areas needing improvement. School Counselors provide services not only to students in need, but to all students. (American School Counseling Association, 2014)  

As a School Counselor, I provide a wide range of counseling, consulting and coordinating services to students, parents and teachers.

 Counselors assist students to... 

  • Gain life-planning skills that are consistent with their needs, interests, and abilities
  • Develop responsible social skills and an understanding and appreciation of being a contributing member of society
  • Demonstrate an understanding and appreciation of the life-long process of learning, growing, and changing
  • Demonstrate a positive attitude toward self as a unique and worthy person

 How can I help?

As your School Counselor, I will be providing services through classroom lessons, small groups, and individually with students as needed.  Below are the descriptions of each type of counseling delivery method:

 
For 
classroom-based counseling, lessons and topics are determined by school-wide initiatives.  Some of the topics that will likely be covered through classroom guidance will be friendship, positive behavior and character qualities, self-esteem, and academic success strategies.


For 
small group counseling, groups are held during lunch time and will cover a variety of topics. Some examples of small group topics are: worrying and anxiety, friendship, conflict resolution, self-esteem, and behavior management. 

To receive  individual counseling, a student is referred by their parent/guardian, teacher, an administrator, or students can also request to see the counselor.  Students come to the counselor's office to talk about things that impact their learning at school such as friendships, stress, and self-esteem.  In a counselor's office, students can feel free to talk about what worries them and to ask questions. 

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