A Note from your School Counselor

Dear Parent/Guardian,

My School Counseling Mission is to support every student at GEMS, across all grade levels, in the academic, personal/social, and career domains. Through individual and group counseling, classroom guidance lessons, responsive services, and staff and parent collaboration, I will work to ensure that your student finds success through their time at GEMS, and is able to transition easily into whatever post-secondary option it is that they choose for themselves.


In following the Connecticut Model of the Comprehensive School Counseling Program, I will work to teach students at all grade levels to:

-Respect themselves and others

-Set realistic goals for their future and attain them

-Learn skills necessary for school success

-Investigate career options and opportunities

-Learn the relationship between school and work

-Demonstrate effective communication and conflict resolution strategies

-Apply responsible decision-making skills in their daily lives

Ashley Barton

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