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Student Support Services: School Counseling

Virtual High School information for parents and students.

Todd Dyer: Director of School Counseling


Mr. Dyer's Homepage

Samantha Steinis: School Counselor


Ms. Steinis' Homepage

Michael McManus: College and Career Coodinator


Mr. McManus's Homepage

Shepaug School Profile

Shepaug Valley School Counseling

2017 Recognized American School Counseling Program (RAMP) 
National School of Distinction


Vision Statement


The vision of the Shepaug School Counseling Department  is that all students will take action and responsibility for their academic, social/emotional, and career development to succeed in their chosen paths and reach their fullest potential as respectful, responsible citizens who are inspired to live life to its fullest.  


Mission Statement


Shepaug Valley School Counseling Department collaborates with home and community to provide a comprehensive developmental counseling program to meet the academic, social/emotional, and career needs of all students in order to ensure that they are globally competitive, twenty-first century citizens who demonstrate  compassion, creativity, and courage.


Belief Statement

The Shepaug Valley School counselors believe:

-all students have dignity and worth

-all students can achieve and be successful learners

-the school counselor’s primary purpose is to advocate for the student

-the counseling program serves all students

-the school counseling program is a critical component within the school system and is integral to the academic, social/emotional, and career development and progress of each student

-the school counseling program is continuously refined and improved through systematic review and evaluation of data

-the counseling program is successful through shared ownership and effective collaboration with teachers, administration, students, families, and the community   

School Counseling Newsletter

Each month our School Counseling Department prepares a Newsletter to inform the school community about upcoming events and links to important information.  We recommend that the newsletter is reviewed monthly.  If you have any questions or need further assistance with School Counseling needs, please reach out to us at 860-868-6218!

College Admissions Panel

Click the link to view the College Admissions Panel.  Presenters from 5 CT colleges give you the perspective of the admissions counselor!  What are they looking for in a student?  How does their process run?  How can a student best present themselves for admission?


Local Scholarship List

2018 Local Scholarship List will be available soon!

Be on the lookout for the updated 2018 local scholarship list.  The application box can be found in the counseling office.  We recommend that seniors review this list and take advantage of the generosity of their neighbors while they pursue the post-secondary education.  

If you have any questions or need local scholarship assistance, please reach out to the school counseling office at 860-868-6218.


Future Planning Guide

Kelly Norris: School Counselor



Kim Laughlin: School Counselor


Mrs. Laughlin's Homepage

School Counseling Secretary

Cheryl Caridad


Quick Links and Resources

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