•  VCMS Guidance Department

     

    Jennifer  Pacione

    ext. 16613

    jennifer.pacione@vcsdny.org    

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

    Collegial Hours:  Tuesday 3-3:30 and Thursday 7:30-8:00

     

    Michelle Hutchison   

    ext. 16611

    michelle.hutchison@vcsdny.org

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

    Collegial Hours:  Tuesday and Thursday 7:30-8:00

     

    Kimberly D'Alessandro

    ext. 16612

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

    kimberly.d'alessandro@vcsdny.org

    Collegial Hours:  Tuesday 3:00-3:30 and Thursday 7:30-8:00

     


    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. 

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