Mission Of The Department
Our mission in the School Counseling Office is to provide a safe and open environment for discussion and processing of social emotional, family and academic issues. We provide immediate, short and long term care and intervention for a variety of social emotional, and academic needs.

*We believe that communication and consistency are the keys to success.*

Cluster Assignments

Please click on our names below to visit our websites. There are many wonderful resources as well as our contact information.

Susan Connelly - 
7 Blue & 7 Red

Tanya Hague-Doehr  - 7 Orange & 7 Green

Tina Broccolo -  8 Blue & 8 Red

Leanne Fuccillo -   Purple &  Green 

Counseling Office Secretaries: Susan Small & Stacey Premus 


What does a Counselor do?
Counselors go into classrooms throughout the year to deliver counseling lessons on a variety of developmentally appropriate topics. We meet weekly with all of our clusters to discuss cluster concerns. We meet with children both individually and in small groups to target intervention for a variety of issues. 
Please note that counseling sessions are confidential and we maintain this confidentiality for all who come through our office.

A counselor has many jobs. Take a look below to see what it is that we do:

* Teach developmental counseling lessons for all cluster classes at different points throughout the year.
* See students in small groups or on an individual basis as needed (topics may include bereavement, divorce, social skills, relationships, study skills, anger management, etc).
* Confer with cluster teachers at formal cluster meetings on a weekly basis
* Informally confer with staff on a daily basis.
* Counsel students regarding below average grades and make a plan for improvement.
* Contact parents as needed and attend parent conferences.
* Schedule all students.
* Make necessary scheduling changes.
* Meet with parents as needed to assist with any concerns.
* Refer parents to community resources if needed.
* Confer with other mental health professionals.
* Attend Pupil Planning Team (PPT) meetings for any special services that a student may have.
* Provide parents with additional resources via our website links.
* Assist teachers with interventions for academic, behavioral, social/emotional concerns.
* Assist students with applications for private high schools.
* Assist students with their transition to Newtown High School.
* Act as a resource of information to staff and parents.
* Orient and register all new students.
* Plan and organize Career Day for 8th grade students.
* Administer an electronic Career Interest survey to all 8th grade students.
* Case manager for all students with 504 plans. 
* Organize a transition day to orient Reed students to the Middle School. 
Tips from the Newtown Recovery Team
Resources for Parents and Students

 Please click on any of the images below to read the articles.  All articles are in PDF Format.
 Tips for Families on Addressing the Anniversary  Helping Your Family Cope - For Parents      
 Tips for Parents on Media Coverage  Tips for Relaxation      
 When Terrible Things Happen for Students        
As part of the district initiative to develop Student Success Plans, we are introducing students to the Naviance Program. This program will enable each student to maintain an electronic portfolio of his or her work. We are very excited about this opportunity because it is used at our high school with great success! Naviance is an excellent way to share information between students, teachers and their parents. Students and parents can login by clicking on the Naviance logo above. To view the introduction letter that students brought home, please click here
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8th to 9th Grade Transition
  High School

Preparing for high school is a very exciting time and there are several important dates to note!

*January 3rd - 10th, Mrs. Doehr and and Miss Connelly will be giving class lessons on the high school scheduling process. During this time, students will be introduced to the criteria for placement in leveled classes, the program of studies, elective options, planning out freshman year classes, and reviewing this timeline of upcoming events.  

*On January 24th, Mrs. Doehr and Miss Connelly invite you to join them in the middle school auditorium to discuss the high school course selection process and to review the information shared with students during the classroom lesson. 

*On February 2nd, students and parents will be able to log into Power School's Parent Portal to view recommendations for 9th grade courses. 8th grade teachers' recommendations are made based on a rubric that is provided by the High School. To view the rubric, please click on the image below. 



*On February 7th, there will be a Incoming 9th Grade Informational Night at the High School beginning at 6:30 pm in the Auditorium. In the event of a snow day, it will be held on February 12th. Please make sure to view your child's recommendations prior to attending.
 Tours of the building will be offered every 15 minutes beginning at 5:30 pm. To view the High School's letter about the evening, please click on the image below:


*On February 23rd, the HAWKS Honors Association will come to the Middle School during the school day to speak with our 8th graders about HS life and clubs and activities. During this presentation, students will also learn about elective classes offered at the High School.

*March 5th - 16th, 9th grade counselors, Lisa Kapitan and Sara Brant, will meet with middle school students to begin creating their schedules for next year. Each student will have his or her own ten minute, pre-scheduled appointment and students should prepare by reviewing the online program of studies and selecting 5 electives they would like to take. Please click School Counseling Office Link to be directed to it. To access the page specific to incoming freshman and to see the electives available to  them, click the following: Information for Incoming Freshman

If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact your child's middle school counselor or Lisa Kapitan (Last names A-Lem) or Sara Brant (Leo - Z). Don't forget to mark your calendars.

**Please note that if your child is planning on attending a high school other than NHS, they will still need to go through the NHS course selection process. 

6th to 7th Grade Transition

Dear 6th Grade Reed Families,

Susan Connelly and Tanya Hague-Doehr will be the 7th grade counselors next year, and we are very excited to get to know you and your students! As we begin the transition process, here are some important dates for you to know:

*February 28th – Parents will receive a letter via email with information regarding the math programs at the middle school. 

*March 26th – Parents will receive a music choice letter via email offering your child the choice of  band, orchestra, chorus or music and technology. We ask please that you log into Power School to make your selection prior to April 5th. 


*March 30th – If your student applied for the Art Enrichment Program at the middle school, please check your email for information regarding the program.

*April 23rd – Middle School Counselors, Susan Connelly and Tanya Hague-Doehr, will come to RIS with 7th grade students to talk about a typical day at the middle school and answer any questions students may have.


*April 30th and May 1st – Middle School Orientation evening at the middle school. Parents will receive a letter via email with additional information prior to the evening.  

*August – Ice cream social at the middle school. Students will be able to walk through and see their classrooms, meet their teachers, and reconnect with friends. Information on the date and time will be emailed over the summer to all families. 

We can't wait to begin this journey through middle school with you and your child. We welcome any questions you may have and can be reached at [email protected] and [email protected]


Private School Application Process
Private School Application Process

The Middle School uses this form to help students and teachers ensure that private school recommendations are completed in a timely way. It is the student’s responsibility to complete this form for EACH school he or she applies to and attach it to every recommendation given to the counselor and teachers. Recommendations and transcripts will be mailed directly to the school. 
Please note that recommendations will take 14 days to process and should be given to your teacher at least 14 days prior to the school’s application deadline. Unfortunately, any recommendations that do not allow for the proper amount of time may not reach the school before the deadline. Students can click on the form above to download it or they can get copies in the School Counseling Office. Please remember that the more information you share on this form, the more detailed your recommendation will be! If you have any questions or concerns. please do not hesitate to contact your counselor or teacher. Thank you! 
New Student Registration
Registering a New Student

Welcome to Newtown!! The counseling department will be glad to assist you with the registration process and to help transition your child to our school. Parents should call or stop by the Counseling Office if you would like to receive a paper registration packet. You can also visit out district website and create an account through InfoSnap by clicking here. If you have a copy of your child's previous report card, please include that as well, as it is helpful when determining scheduling and placement. Before your child can begin attending school, there are two forms of documentation that we must receive:

1) As per district policy, proof of residency is required at the time of registration. This may include:                                                   

  • Copy of Contract; or
  • Copy of Lease; or
  • Builders Agreement; or
  • Three proofs of residency; including utility bills, cable bills or bank statements with name and address on it (post office boxes are not acceptable proof)                                                                                                                 
                        2) Newtown Middle School's Nurse must also clear you medically, meaning that you have completed the necessary medical forms included in the registration packet and our nurses have confirmed that your child meets CT guidelines for attending school. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact the Nurse's Office directly at (203) 426 - 7636.

In terms of orientation, any student who has begun the registration process and will be new to 7th grade in the Fall, will be invited to a new student orientation with the Reed Intermediate students in April from approximately 8:30-10:45.  During this time, you will be given a tour of the school and will have an opportunity to ask questions. Any student entering NMS after the school year has begun, will be given a personal orientation by one of the School Counselors after we have received the initial paperwork and proof of residency has been established.  Please call the Counseling Office to make an appointment and to request registration materials at (203) 426-7644.