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School Counseling

The School Counseling Office supports students in achieving their educational, personal, and vocational goals. It serves as a hub that works in conjunction with faculty and parents to serve our students. School Counselors meet with students in groups and individually to exchange ideas and plan the educational process. They assist students in their decision-making and equip them with the information, tools, and suggestions to make informed decisions.

School Counselors

Mrs. Holly Cyr '85
Director of School Counseling 
Last Names L-Z

Ms. Erica Massad '15
School Counselor
Last Names A-K

Mrs. Deborah Ingoglia
School Counseling Associate

To request a copy of your transcript, please complete the Transcript Request Form and return to the School Counseling Office.

Counseling Policies

Course Selection
Eighth, ninth, 10th and 11th grade students select courses in February for the upcoming school year. Honors level and AP classes are recommended by subject area teachers and indicated by signature on the Course Selection Sheet.

Online Courses/VHS/Accredited College Courses
Students who are unable to fill their course requirements or planned electives with a seated class at SBS are invited to discuss other course options with a school counselor. Selected students are invited to explore outside courses on an as­ needed basis. Payment for an outside class will be at the expense of the student.

Students are required to maintain a minimum of 7 credits in Grades 9­-12. The Add/Drop period is open during the first two weeks of school and honored when there is room available and with consideration of fulfillment of required courses.

Supervised Study Halls
All students are expected to maintain a minimum of a C average in all classes. A junior or senior who falls below a C in any class, during any term, is required to be placed in a supervised study hall with the intention of focus and support in the academic area of need.

5 Steps To Academic Success

1. Set SMART Goals and Plan for Short and Long Term Goals

Plan for your future!  Your goals should be SMART: 

  • Specific
  • Measurable
  • Action-oriented
  • Realistic
  • Timely
    • Goals should be as SPECIFIC as possible and answer the questions: What is your goal? How often or how much? Where will it take place
    • Goals should be MEASURABLE and answers the question: How will you measure your goal? Measurement will give you specific feedback and hold you more accountable to accomplishing your goals.
    • Goals should be ATTAINABLE:  Your goals should push you but are still achievable.
    • Goals should be REALISTIC: Are your goals, and time to accomplish them in, realistic?
    • Goals should be TIMELY:  Do you have a timeframe for you SMART goal? This helps you be more accountable and helps you be more motivated in achieving your goal.

2. Understand and Use Resources

In addition to the teaching faculty, Saint Bernard School provides a wealth of resources. Students are expected and encouraged to take advantage of the people and services available at SBS.

Head of School: Mr. Donald Macrino
Assistant Head of School: Mr. Ted Kenyon
School Counselors Mrs. Holly Cyr, LCSW, Director of School Counseling and Ms. Erica Massad, School Counselor
Virtual High School Site Coordinator: Ms. Eric Massad
Campus Minister: Mrs. Suzanne Haulotte
School Nurse: Mrs. Jackie Hernandez RN

3. Make Good Choices

We all have choices to make. Think about the positive and negative outcomes of your choices, make sure you have good information and make wise decisions. Saint Bernard School and its community has much to offer and making choices that engage you in positive experiences will help you to do your very best.

4. Earn Good Grades and Understand Your Transcript

There are some simple steps to getting good grades.

  • Make a commitment to good attendance. Be in school and on time every day!
  • Be organized.
  • Use good time management.
  • Be an active listener and class participant.
  • Understand and adapt to different teaching styles.

Your high school transcript begins in your freshman year. Everything “counts”! Your courses, grades, and credits will be recorded on your transcript and final grades will build your GPA (Grade Point Average). Saint Bernard School does not rank students.

5. Understand and Develop Effective Communication Skills

  • Speak clearly.
  • Maintain eye contact at a comfortable level.
  • Be alert to verbal cues and body language.
  • Give examples to support what you are saying.
  • Take turns speaking.
  • Listen to what the other person has to say and respond appropriately.
  • Listen to UNDERSTAND, not just to HEAR.
  • Give feedback when it is asked for. Ask for feedback, too.
  • Give your opinion, if it is asked for.
  • Listen for requests.


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