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School Counseling

Rescheduled Grade 5 to 6 Parent/Guardian Orientation 



Tuesday, February 27, 2024 

Presentation - 6:00 pm 

Tours of DePaolo- Immediately following presentation 

Please join the DePaolo administrators, grade 6 teachers and school counselor for an informational evening.  Topics include: 

  • Grade 6 Curriculum and Courses 

  • Middle School Team Concept 

  • Extracurricular Activities 

The presentation will be followed by a guided tour of the school with a current middle school student. 

Grade 5 to 6 transition activities planned for later in the school year include: 

  • Individual Elementary School Presentations- May 

  • Tour of DePaolo with grade 5 classes from all DePaolo sending schools 

  • Tentative Date- Friday, May 31, 2024 

  • Summer Tours for students & families- August 2024 

If you have questions please contact the DePaolo Counseling Office at 860-628-3260 ext. 7. 


School Counselor Assignments

Every student is assigned a school counselor. Ms. Steinnagel will be the 6th grade school counselor for the 2023-2024 school year. She will follow this class throughout their three years at DePaolo. If a problem arises and Ms. Steinnagel is not available, students may request to see one of the other school counselors. The school counselors and their grade level are listed below.

Ms. Steinnagel Grade 6

Ms. Gagnon Grade 7

Mrs. O'Neill Grade 8

        (click counselor's name to send an email)


Mission Statement for Comprehensive School Counseling Program Southington Public Schools

The mission of the comprehensive school counseling program is to provide all students with learning experiences, which focus on the development of skills in the academic, career and personal/social domains.

Who is eligible for School Counselor services?

Every student at DePaolo Middle School is entitled to School Counseling services.

What services are offered by the School Counselors?

* Collaborating with students, families and staff

* Individual and Group Counseling

* Crisis Intervention

* Orientation Programs

* Classroom Presentations

* Coordination of parent/student/teacher meetings

Code of Confidentiality

The counselor's office is a safe place where you can feel free to say what is on your mind. What you say here, stays here. The only time this changes is if you or anyone else were ever in danger. Because WE CARE ABOUT YOU, we would share your situation with other caring people who would help us make sure that you were safe from harm.

Southington Public Schools Statement of Philosophy


The Southington Public Schools’ Comprehensive School Counseling Program, which is an integral part of the total education process, is designed to address the developmental needs of all students. Through a planned and sequential program, each student will develop his/her individual potential in the areas of academic development, personal, social development and career development. Respectful of individual differences, the program assists and supports students as they begin to understand themselves, develop decision making skills, problem solving skills and plan for the future. Counselors function in a number of different capacities: counselor, consultant, teacher, manager and role model. Counselors work as a team in conjunction with teachers, administrators, parents/guardians and the community to assist students to be successful academically, and to develop into productive members of society.

We look forward to a great year!