We believe our students have the need and right to develop by stages into fully functioning, constructive persons. The purpose of our guidance program is to facilitate this growth by helping students be successful in academic, personal, emotional, physical and social ways. Our philosophy is based on the premise that all people possess the need to formulate and pursue goals consistent with their developmental stage.
Our guidance counselors are available to help and support students throughout their years at Twinfield. We work with students individually or in small groups and will assist parents and guardians with general concerns regarding school and their child.
Please contact Lyn Turcotte (guidance counselor for grades PK-4) at ext. 239 or
Melissa Gosselin (counselor for grades 5-12) at ext. 206 with all questions or concerns.
Problem Solving: Most students experience academic or behavioral problems now and again, and we stand behind students’ rights to make one or two minor mistakes and learn from their experience. If a pattern of such mistakes emerges, we will notify your child's classroom teacher or TA. If the problem/concern comes to you from a staff member or your child, please follow these procedures:
If the concern has not been fully resolved with the staff member(s) involved, please contact the school administration. The administrators are willing and able to help you resolve your concerns and will suggest strategies to assist your efforts.
If further resolution is needed, please contact the superintendent of schools.
The Twinfield Board of School Directors serves as a board of final appeal for parents of students experiencing unresolved difficulties.
Secondary school guidance provides an array of services for students:
- Course selection and scheduling
- Transcript analysis and credit review
- Individual counseling (substance abuse, eating disorders, depression, family conflicts, peer relationships, self-injurious behaviors)
- Liaison between student, advisor (TA), teacher, home and school, and school and community
- Behavioral support
- Crisis intervention
- Post-secondary planning
Many parents/guardians experience a degree of separation from Twinfield during their child's secondary school years, partly because children are becoming more independent. It is important that you bring your questions or concerns about your child's academic, personal, or social progress here at Twinfield to us so we can work together to support your child. In addition, secondary school students are encouraged to schedule their own appointments through the office, via e-mail or by voicemail.
We want to take the opportunity to shift from "college planning" to the more-inclusive "post-secondary" planning. One of our roles in secondary school guidance is to work collaboratively with your child and you to determine what after-high-school options make the most sense for your student, cause the least amount of stress and are best connected to your student's strengths and goals. This is done on an individual level and with the belief that success looks different for everyone. Many students know they don’t want to pursue college, many know they do, and almost all spend their junior year thinking about their options. During your student's senior year, you will be invited to information evenings and have access to what you need to help you student plan his or her post-high-school transition. The senior year can be stressful for students and parents/guardians. Let's work together and alleviate some of the stress. Please e-mail or call Melissa Gosselin at ext. 206 to set up an appointment if you have any questions or concerns.