•  VCMS Guidance Department

     Jennifer  Pacione

    ext. 16613


    Students, grades 6-8, whose last names fall within A-Gi.


    Michelle Hutchison  

    ext. 16611


    Students, grades 6-8, whose last names fall within Gj-Pa.


    Kimberly D'Alessandro

    ext. 16612

    Students, grades 6-8, whose last names fall within Pe-Z.



    During January 2020, guidance counselors will be going into 8th-grade classrooms to meet with students regarding their transition into High School.  Information that will be presented includes graduation requirements, a sample schedule, and elective choices for 9th grade. Students will be asked to submit their top 3 elective selections to aid in the 9th-grade scheduling process.  Submissions will be made electronically through Google Classroom and are due January 24th.  All materials shared during the presentation will be posted on the guidance web page. We encourage you to review this information with your students.   Any questions or concerns can be directed to Guidance at 457-2400 ext. 16601/16602.

    Parent Involvement is Crucial At the Middle School Level

    Moving from elementary to middle school is an adjustment for students and parents alike. There are usually more teachers to get to know, a more complicated schedule to understand, and kids can be embarrassed about parent involvement.

    But these changes are no reason for parents to stop working with the school. It’s just as important as ever for parents to stay involved. Here are ways to do this:

    • Meeting your child’s teachers. Introduce yourself as soon as possible instead of waiting until problems arise.
    • Get to know guidance counselors. They usually know all the kids in the school, and they can keep you up-to-date on your child’s performance.
    • Read about the school. At the beginning of the year, schools often give parents information about rules and curriculum. If you didn’t receive these materials ask for them.
    • Keep track of your child’s progress in school. If grades slip, contact teachers for help.
    • Attend parent-teacher conferences. Request meetings with teachers at other times, if you feel the need.
    • Introduce yourself to other parents. Talk with them about the problems you share.
    • Respond to e-mails and other correspondence from the school. If you have trouble with English, ask the school for help with translation. Or ask a bilingual friend or relative to assist you.
    • Review your child’s school record yearly. Use Parent Portal to assist you in doing this.