Middle School Guidance & Counseling
 Welcome to the Otto Shortell Middle School Counseling Office

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Counselor: Mrs. Molly Malgieri

Secretary: Mrs. Megan Hjort 

Social Worker: Mrs. Kristen Nash
(Mrs. Nash is here Monday-Wednesday-Friday)

Phone: 315-363-1050  ext. 2
Fax: 315-366-0622
Markell Drive
P.O. Box 716
Wampsville, NY 13163

Foster Care/Homeless Contact:
Mrs. Jessica Poyer, Admin for Curriculum, Instruction & Assessment
315-363-2550 option 2

The Counseling Office is here to support both students and their parents/guardians.  Parents/guardians are encouraged to contact our office if there are concerns about the child's academic progress or emotional/mental/physical well-being.  Parent/teacher conferences are also set up through our office.
Students are encouraged to see the counselor if they have school concerns such as scheduling, academic achievement, or classroom related problems.  Also, the counselor sees students for a host of personal issues, including peer pressure, relationships, self-esteem, grief, and transitions.  If you sense your child is having trouble, call or email Mrs. Malgieri.


Scheduling for High School:

On Monday, March 11th all 8th grade students will be visited by several teachers from the high school to discuss courses available to freshmen.  The meeting will take place in the OSMS cafeteria from 1:15 until 2:30.  Students will be released from the middle school at regular dismissal time.

On the evening of Monday, March 11th all eighth grade students and their parents/guardians are invited to a meeting which will be held in the high school cafeteria from 6:30-7:30 p.m.  The high school administrative team and high school counselors will be in attendance to discuss the transition plan for the incoming 9th grade class.  Students who attend with their parents/guardians will have the opportunity to complete their 9th grade schedule request form that night.

For those students who do not attend the meeting on March 11th, Molly Malgieri, along with the high school counselors, will be visiting eighth grade science classes to schedule students on Tuesday, March 12th.  Your child will then bring home a copy of the schedule for you to look over and sign.  It needs to be signed and returned to the Middle School Counseling Office as soon as possible.  

STEM Career Exploration Series:
There are many upcoming STEM events for students interested in learning more about the field, including a STEM Career Night at Stockbridge Valley High School on Thursday, March 21st from 6:30-8:00pm. To register, go to https://www.cnystem.com/careers/

Expanding Your Horizons (EYH) Program at Cornell University:

Expanding Your Horizons is an annual conference that provides an opportunity for girls in grades 7-9 and their parents/teachers to engage in educational activities and explore careers in math, science, and engineering. The conference will be held at Cornell University on Saturday, April 27, 2019. Girls will participate in several hands-on workshops, attend a key-note lecture by a successful female scientist, and meet scientists currently conducting cutting-edge research at Cornell. 

Registration for EYH will be by a lottery. Students can register for the lottery as individuals or as groups. Registration for the lottery will be held March 4-8, and lottery results will be announced via email on March 11. (if chosen, registration for the conference is $20.00)

For more information, please visit our website, www.eyh.cornell.edu, or check us out on FacebookTwitter and Instagram. A copy of our brochure for the event will be available on our website and mailed to your school in the coming weeks. We hope that you can help spread the word to your colleagues and encourage your students to take advantage of this amazing opportunity! 

Camp Kessem:
Camp Kessem is a camp available to students who have a lost a parent to cancer, have a parent undergoing cancer treatment, or whose parent is a cancer survivor. It is open to children ages 6-18 years old and is completely free of charge.  This year's camp will be held August 11-16 at Camp Echo Lake in Warrensburg, NY.  Free transportation is provided from Syracuse University to the camp. If you have a questions or would like an application, contact Molly Malgieri.

Reminder:  Teachers are available to work with students during 10th period, every day with the exception of Wednesday.  If your child needs extra help or to make up work because they are absent, 10th period is an ideal time to do so.  

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