Guidance Department

Department Mission Statement

HS East Counseling Center - (631) 382-2750
HS West Counseling Center - (631) 382-3020
Accompsett MS Counseling Center - (631) 382-2311
Great Hollow MS Counseling Center - (631) 382-2811
Nesaquake MS Counseling Center - (631) 382-5131

Guidance
Guidance is an essential aspect of the educational experience for all children. It is through the guidance program and counseling relationship that students are helped to interpret and integrate the world in which they live. The guidance program functions as a liaison capacity between administrators, teachers, parents, students and the community. The program goals are:

o       To increase communication with parents
o       To promote a clearer understanding of school environment
o       To promote understanding of educational requirements
o       To promote school success skills
o       To provide career/education awareness and planning
o       To promote social/personal development
o       To increase community involvement
o       To provide counseling services

 

News


Sophomore Information Night

Sophomore Information Night was held on June 8 at Smithtown High School East. The program – Preparing for the Junior Year and Beyond – was presented to 10th graders and their parents by school counselors Kelly Brouthers and Amy Insana.
Laurie Wax, regional admissions counselor at University of Massachusetts Lowell, spoke about transcripts and the importance of finding the right fit. John MacPherson, regional liaison, College of New Jersey, explored letters of recommendations and the importance of the college entrance essay. Craig Broccoli, assistant director of undergraduate admissions at Binghamton University, shared information on college testing, scholarships and financial aid.

At the end of the program, Ingrid Hrvatin, administrator for guidance and related student services, welcomed questions from the audience. The program was well attended and the students and their parents received valuable information about what college admissions officers are looking for in future applications.


Roundtable Discussion

Ingrid Hrvatin, administrator for guidance and related student services, hosted a roundtable discussion with directors of guidance and school counselors on April 25. Randall Edouard, assistant provost and director of admissions and Andrew Loso, admissions counselor at Binghamton University, led the discussion with regard to the following topics:

  • Current admissions trends and how they are impacting students in New York State
  • New happenings at Binghamton University
  • Goals of the Binghamton University admissions office
    Participating districts included Brentwood, Center Moriches, Connetquot, Half Hollow Hills West, Huntington, Middle Country, Patchogue Medford, Sayville, Shoreham Wading River and Southampton.

  

 

 


College Fair

On March 23, the district hosted its annual Evening College Fair, presented by Ingrid Hrvatin, administrator for guidance and related student services, and the high school counselors. The event was coordinated by counselors Kate Baker and Annemarie Freund. Students and parents were given the opportunity to meet with approximately 100 college representatives from various colleges as well as personnel from the military.

This program gives students and parents the opportunity to visit information booths regarding admission criteria, popular majors, finance, scholarships, social life, housing, athletics and more.

 


School Counselor Week

To recognize National School Counselor Week February 6-10, 2017, Ms. Mona Tobin, Assistant Superintendent for Pupil and Personnel Services, Ingrid Hrvatin, Administrator for Guidance and Student Related Services and the building principals took the opportunity to thank the school counselors for all the hard work they do every day to support the needs of students and parents in the Smithtown School District.

Accompsett Middle School
Kim Richardson
Emily Bootle

Great Hollow Middle School
Tom Riviello
Sandra Stone
Marissa Urso

Nesaquake Middle School
Jennifer Harnett
Stephanie Mueller

Smithtown High School East
Brian Alemaghides
Kelly Brouthers
Diane Giannico
Amy Insana
Krista LaPresti
Karen Schmalz
Robert Woods

Smithtown High School West
Michael Agostino
Kate Baker
Dorothy Caputo
Amy Mannarino
Annemarie Freund
Michele Randall Jeanmarie Wilson

counselor week


Understanding PSAT Scores

On Jan. 12, the district presented presented an evening student/parent workshop to sophomores and juniors on interpreting the PSAT Score Report. Administrator for Guidance and Related Student Services Ingrid Hrvatin organized the evening with the assistance of school counselors Diane Giannico, Michele Randall and Karen Schmalz. Keynote speaker Tom Elhers, president of Method Test Prep, shared the key elements of the PSAT score report. Students can activate the online tutorial by accessing their Castle Learning account and clicking onto the SAT/ACT tab. The end of the presentation was followed by a question and answer session where parents asked pertinent questions related to college testing exams and college admissions.

Understanding PSAT Scores

 

 


College Testing Workshop

A student/parent workshop for sophomores and juniors on College Admissions Testing was held on Sept. 29. Ingrid Hrvatin, administrator for guidance and related student services, along with school counselors Diane Giannico and Annemarie Freund, presented the program review on PSAT, SAT, SAT Subject Tests, ACT and Advanced Placement exams. Keynote speaker Tom Elhers, president of Method Test Prep, shared the key elements of his test prep resource. Students can activate the online tutorial by accessing their Castle Learning account and clicking onto the SAT/ACT tab.

College Testing Workshop Pic 1   College Testing Workshop Pic 2

 


Guidance Offers Helpful Hints

An evening workshop for seniors and their parents was held on Sept. 8 in the High School West auditorium. Ingrid Hrvatin, administrator for guidance and related student services, along with high school counselors Dorothy Caputo and Michele Randall presented on the topic of the college application process.

The program outlined the college application procedures. Helpful hints were shared with regard to applying to college and utilizing Naviance. The High School West auditorium was filled to capacity as the audience took copious notes and asked pertinent questions. In addition to this evening guidance program, counselors visited all seniors in their English classes.