Middle School

The overall focus of the GMS Guidance Department is to promote student resilience.  Each year the guidance department will teach skills specifically designed to help students become more resilient. The grade level focus is as follows:  Grade 6 – study skills, anger management/self-control and self-awareness.  Grade 7 – self-advocacy, people pleasing behaviors, mediation support and time management.  Grade 8 – positive role models, peer leaders/service learning opportunities and career exploration.


The GMS guidance team is an integral part of the total school environment.  Its program is designed to foster self-awareness and self-esteem.  The Department’s school-wide approach consists of guidance led classroom lessons, group and individual counseling and community service.  Such a multifaceted approach addresses the needs of all students as they develop.  During the three-year academic and personal journey, we strive to assist each student as he/she discovers and enhances his/her unique gifts and grows in self-confidence to meet academic and personal challenges.  We believe the home-school partnership is vital in assisting all students through the middle school years.


All guidance counselors share the commitment to a positive exchange of ideas among GMS teachers, students and their families. Each studemt is assigned a counselor based on their grade and remains with them for their middle school career.  


Christian Cipollone, 6th Guidance Counselor 973.272.7020 ext.3296

 Lisa Porco, 7th Grade Guidance Counselor 973.272.7020 ext.3295

Brian Platt, 8th Grade Guidance Counselor 973.272.7020 ext.3297

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